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March 28 - 30, 2014

YMCA Camp Benson

Mount Carroll, Illinois



The 8 hour "sprint" race will take place on Sunday, March 30th to conclude the camp.  It will be an USARA National Championship Qualifier.   Come as a team or form a team at the camp.  Participate at your own pace, there will be a competitive and and a recreational, non competitive division.

NEW FOR 2014...Register for the 8 hour Lightning Strikes Adventure Race only!  $150.00 per person for Saturday night lodging in cabins, Saturday evening buffet meal, Sunday morning light buffet breakfast, insurance, canoe rental, ropes and rigging, custom maps, and after race refreshments.


The Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Camp is Robyn Benincasa, presented by ZANFEL.  Robyn is a World Champion Adventure Racer, selected as a 2011 "Top Five" Team Building Expert at www.speaking.com, 3 Time Guinness World Record Kayaker, San Diego Firefighter on Americas only All-Female Crew, 5 Time Hip Replacements from Osteoarthritis, and Founder and CEO of Project Athena. 

For the 5th year at the High Profile Adventure Camp, Robyn will "inspire you to grab life with one hand, grab your teammates with the other, and create that special magic that allows each of us to become better and stronger than we ever would have been alone."

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Robyn's presentation on Saturday Night alone, is well worth the cost of the camp.  This is something you do not want to miss!  Robyn will also be available throughout the weekend to socialize and get to know each of you.

Watch Video from the 2011 High Profile Adventure Camp by Justin Anderson and Crazy Eye Productions



The High Profile Adventure Camp

High Profile Adventures L.L.C. presents the 8th annual adventure camp in Mount Carroll, Illinois at the scenic and historic YMCA Camp Benson. The camp will give aspiring first timers to experienced racers the skills and knowledge needed to participate and excel in adventure races.  The camp is also ideal for adventurers who may not be not interested in racing but in adventure travel and for those preparing for mountaineering,  backpacking, or canoe trips.

The camp will be held on Friday, March 28, Sunday, March 30,  2014.

The focus of the camp is on fixed ropes (rappelling, ascending, Tyrolean traverses, zip lines), rock climbing,  navigation with map and compass, mountain biking and canoe and kayak paddling.

Fixed ropes instruction will focus on safety, equipment, knots, and communication with plenty of hands on experience in the field with rappelling, ascending, and traversing on fixed ropes and rock climbing.  The rappels, ascents, and climbs are on cliffs over 100 high and  traverses of over 300 long.

Navigation instruction is presented in a classroom setting with an outstanding Power Point Presentation followed by an extensive field exercise in a small group setting at the Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna.  Buses will provide transportation to the Park.

Paddle instruction will include a presentation on clothing selection, safety precautions, paddle selection, boat and hauling method selection, boat ergonomics, paddle stroke techniques to include forward and control, reading water/line selection, teamwork/communication, drafting/wake riding techniques, navigation, and setting up the boat.  Skill stations on the Mississippi River will allow participants to practice strokes, boat control and turning, drafting/wake riding, and turning in and out of currents.

The highlight of the camp is the LIGHTNING STRIKES 8 hour sprint adventure race on Sunday featuring land navigation, mountain biking, canoeing, caving and multiple fixed ropes.  The race will feature two divisions, competitive and recreational.  In the competitive division,  teams of two or three coed or same gender racers will compete.  Coed and same gender teams of 3 will be attempting to qualify for the USARA National Championship.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the competitive race for both the coed and same gender divisions.  The winner of the three person coed competitive division will receive a $400 voucher towards the USARA National Championship Race.  In addition, the top four,  three person coed teams will qualify for the race.  The LIGHTNING STRIKES Adventure Race is an excellent opportunity to qualify early in the season!  The recreational race will run the same course as the competitive race.  It will be a 4 hour race and approximately 25 miles in length.  This race is run at your own pace and will feature all of the ropes events.  It will start at the same time as the competitive 8 hour race.

The cost of the camp includes Friday night seminars, all day Saturday classroom and field instruction, fixed ropes and rigging, canoes, use of a  limited number of kayak paddles and PFD's, Friday and Saturday night lodging in cabins at Camp Benson, a Saturday morning buffet breakfast, a Saturday evening buffet meal, a Sunday morning light buffet breakfast, insurance, prize drawings for valuable gear donated by our generous sponsors, the 8 hour LIGHTNING STRIKES adventure race,  and a certificate of attendance. 

Active Endeavors will be at the camp and will have all the required rope gear for sale along with headlamps, shoes, clothing other accessories available.  All gear sold at the camp will be discounted 15%!

The High Profile Adventure Camp's volunteer staff are all experienced adventure racers and adventurers.  Each is highly skilled with backgrounds and expertise in the topics and disciplines  presented. 

The camp is presented by Gerry Voelliger,  Director of the Thunder Rolls Adventure Race and Captain of Team ENViROMARK - Orthopaedic Specialists.

2014 scheduled presenters include Gerry Voelliger, Ron Stonitsch,  and Robyn Benincasa.  Additional presenters may be announced in the future.

The High Profile Adventure Camp and Lightning Strikes Adventure Race are sanctioned by the United States Adventure Racing Association.  The camp is one of the only camps geared towards adventure racing held nationwide in 2014 and by far the least expensive and the best value!!


The Lightning Strikes Adventure Race is a regional qualifier for the USARA National Championship.

Get your adventure camp gear at.....

Active Endeavors
3950 Elmore Ave
Davenport, Iowa 52807
(563) 441-9488

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