We've become programed - affixed to our screens and beholden to a way of life which isn't sustainable, or desirable even. Our wellness is at stake, and something's got to give.
Adventure, in addition to its soul-touching landscapes offers incredible opportunities for connection and personal growth to all those who heed its call.
In 2017 we launched a podcast spreading our message"adventure is medicine" to a culture in need of a re-set. We share epic stories bringing you the depth of humanity from the wildest places. They're available free of charge, wherever you get your podcasts.
We've since grown to offer a variety of exciting content and experiences, all serving to catalyze your growth through outdoor adventure.
So to all you work-wearied leaders, perhaps yearning for a gulp of fresh air, we're here. To you employers, employees, tired moms, dutiful dads, or anyone searching for more than what the rat-race offers - step off the hamster wheel. Break free from the noise for awhile.
Whether you're after inspiration or renewed perspective, a gear recommendation or good story, this is your place. Here is where a celebration of humanity meets the joy of the outdoors. It's all here, it's all good, and we call it medicine. #TakeYourMedicine!
Our stories are about more than adventure, they're about us! Some of us live for running in the snow, others run from it. We're climbers and paddlers, fly-casters and peak baggers. We're down-homers' swapping coveralls for camouflage, and uptowners' ditching boardrooms for bike trails.
Variety is so central to the human experience, and we're obsessed by it all. These stories hold the wonderful ingredients that bring richness and flavor to life!
While centered on adventure, we extract the life-changing lessons learned along the way. You'll learn something new. You'll grow. We promise.
To sample some favorites, tune into Adventure Deficit wherever you get your podcasts.
Concierge, a la carte trips
We work with churches, corporations, and non-profits to plan and facilitate adventure trips to meet your specific needs.
Areas of focus include team-building, leadership development, team retreat, and spiritual-formation.
Our professional staff and partners work together to maximize your growth through adventure.
We'll consult with you to build a trip around a specific outdoor discipline like kayaking, mountain biking, or backpacking, and pair it with content suited to your area of desired focus.
We accommodate various group sizes, trip lengths, and budgets.
Call or write for a free consultation, we can't wait to help plan your next adventure!
#CombatTheDeficit! We identify with those who participate; we’re doers – Roosevelt’s folks “In the Arena”. Despite our best preparations, adventure forces the un-rehearsed. It requires us to think, assess, collaborate and implement new methods, mostly on-the-spot. Sometimes we conquer, other times we fail, but we stay in the fight and the lessons commence. This is how we “CombatTheDeficit”.
#TakeYourMedicine! Adventure takes us to the most wild and scenic places, where beauty and grandeur evoke a sense of both awe and “ahhh”. We’re literally re-creating, hitting reset, and filling ourselves with something pure, natural, and good. It’s so undeniably restorative, we call it “taking our medicine”, and encourage you to get out there and do the same. Be sure to tag us!
Drew De Vries - Founder
My earliest and fondest memories involve outdoor recreation. It's been a central platform for growth throughout my life. At age three, my parents strapped me into my first pair of skis. In grade school, Grandpa taught me to shoot and fly cast. An older cousin exposed me to western rivers, prompting a move to guide whitewater trips during college.
My background is a storytellers' smorgesborg. I hold a Bachelor's in Community Recreation, and list of experience akin to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Combine my ear for story, eye for written word, and heart for people with an unyielding edge for adventure and you'll quickly realize A.D. is my dream job!
As a husband and father to three, life can feel busy. When I'm not editing, fumbling with gear, or chasing down an extra dollar, I head to wild spaces. Whether it's biking, backpacking, paddling or chasing big game, adventure brings me into the present. It's my muse. It provides balance, reaffirms skills, exposes God's splendor, and improves perspective. Adventure's always been my medicine. Come join me, and #TakeYourMedicine!
Jared Rogers - Partner/Producer
I cut my teeth creek'n on the back forty. Fond memories, of playing Davy Crockett with my best friend and our trusty Daisy's, riding my Honda XR100 and exploring the countryside until dark or dinner bell, whichever came first. I'm a self-described Weekend Warrior. If it comes with two wheels I'm all about it, especially when it comes to racing dirt bikes and mountain bikes.
After college, I became immersed in all things audio/video, taking my passion into practice in various roles. Today I'm a husband to Nicole, my beautiful wife of five years, and we enjoy raising our contagiously-curious two-year old son, Elijah.
Whether getting off-grid on a solo or heading out on group retreat, I - like so many other men, oftentimes find myself craving God's country. Wilderness allows me to get balanced, reconnected, and rejuvenated. It allows me to more fully pour back into what matters most back home.
Pairing up with Drew and Adventure Deficit brings exciting continuation for these passions and skills. My technical, process-driven background, combined with his passionate and creative mind, brings incredible possibilities to A.D, and I can't wait to see where we take this thing together!
Getting out on a trail, crag, or lakeshore will shift your perspective in a monumental way. I truly believe Adventure Deficit is fulfilling a huge need for men in all walks of life. To me, this is its bread and butter. Take Your Medicine!
We like people, and we like products! The following are companies with whom we entrust our business. We're not here to push, but when we discover people we like, offering products we like, reliably enabling us to take our medicine - we'll tell you. What's not to like?
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