To a RedCliff wilderness therapy staff member there are few things more invigorating than waking up in the wilderness. Whether it has rained, dumped snow through the night, or is a perfect fall morning, there is something special to us about waking up in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing more than miles of…

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After four days of constant rain the temperature dropped and the rain turned to snow at our wilderness therapy camping spot.  We had been hunkered under a rain tarp erected over our fire for days, with a cold wind blowing rain into our backs.  Staff chose the windward side of the fire, taking the brunt…

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As Intake Coordinator for RedCliff Ascent, I ensure safe transportation of our new troubled teens students to see the pediatrician for their initial physicals as part of the intake process. Last week, while returning to the field after one of these standard visits, we drove past a couple of hawks in the road. Sitting on the…

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This phrase, often written in letters from students to parents, can be alarming: “ Hey mom, I don’t know if my therapist told you, but I got knifed!”   Initially reading a statement of this nature in a letter, many parents first inclination is to call the program to find out if their child is injured.  However…

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There’s a certain lingo used here at RedCliff that can be hard for people outside of our world to understand.  Even when folks understand the language, it can be hard to speak – it’s constantly evolving, changing, being added to.  I visit the student groups in the field at least once a week, and sometimes…

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In less than an hour Lauren will pick her friend up from the airport and hit the road for Utah. The two young women have been dreaming of this day. Theirs is not a typical road trip. They are returning to the wilderness therapy program they graduated from four years ago. In 2007 Lauren was…

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