5-Day Canoeing, Hiking, and Mountain Biking Team Adventure in North Cascades National Park

All-Inclusive | Facilitated Team Adventure Sample Itinerary

5 Day | 4 Night

North Cascades National Park is nicknamed the “American Alps” for a reason: It is one of the most remote and rugged parks in the U.S., and any adventure into its solitude and grandeur is unforgettable. Explore the park’s alpine meadows, cross its rocky ridges, and see its endless sea of jagged peaks veneered by blue glaciers. The North Cascades are also home to powerful rivers that wind through towering, glacier-capped peaks, and we will embark on a journey to experience it all. We might meander along the forested shores of Lake Diablo or push on up to Cascade Pass for a stunning view of some of the largest glaciers in North Cascades National Park. In this incredible location, your team will be supported yet challenged by our Program Leaders to push their individual and collective comfort zones, move beyond old ways of thinking and interacting, and create new approaches to teamwork, collaboration, and communication.

Facilitated team adventures are proudly presented by Muddy Shoe Adventures & Evergreen Escapes. Learn more about our process and philosophy here.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a guided hike through the majestic North Cascades National Park
  • Canoe on the incredibly beautiful Diablo Lake
  • Embark on an introduction to mountain biking adventure
  • Experience some of the largest glaciers in North America
  • Enjoy a morning yoga class and/or meditation session
  • Stay at the North Cascades Institute
  • Disconnect from the busyness of life and work to rejuvenate, re-energize, and refresh
  • Bond with colleagues and create powerful action plans

Hiking in North Cascades National Park


ITINERARY

Day 1 | Arrive at North Cascades Institute

Fly into Seattle (SEA), where you will be picked up by MSA / EGE staff and transported to the North Cascades Institute (NCI). Upon arrival and check-in, you’ll have time to relax, explore the property, or mingle with your colleagues before our program officially begins at 5PM. We’ll get to know one another better, review the program itinerary for the next 4 days, and answer any questions you may have about the program. We’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner prepared by the staff at North Cascades Institute. After dinner, spend time socializing around the campfire.


Day 2 | Guided Hiking Adventure

After a healthy and delicious breakfast prepared by NCI staff, we’ll officially begin our program lunch with powerful conversations facilitated by your MSA Program Leaders that will set the stage for the next 4 days! Inspired and excited, you’ll have a delicious lunch and some free time before heading out on a 3-hour guided hiking adventure. You’ll learn about the local environment, natural history, and flora / fauna while enjoying breathtaking views of the area. We’ll head back to NCI, where you will enjoy time alone or connecting with colleagues before dinner.


Day 3 | Canoeing Adventure

Another early morning of yoga, meditation, and wonderful food is followed up by a thrilling experience as we embark on a morning guided canoe outing on Diablo Lake. Explore inlets, islands, and Thunder Arm by tandem canoe. You can also opt for a guided canoe ride in a custom Salish-style 18 person canoe built in the style used by indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. We’ll return to NCI for lunch, and then spend the afternoon in group discussions, partnered conversations, and reflection. Enjoy time relaxing before dinner and an evening of fun!


Day 4 | Mountain Biking Adventure

A morning of mountain biking awaits! Today’s adventure is an exciting 3-hour mountain biking excursion. After lunch, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the Park. We’ll reconvene before dinner for a group discussion designed to help you use your mountain biking adventure and afternoon activities to rediscover yourself!


Day 5 | Program Ends & Departure from North Cascades Institute

The final day of our program begins with a special breakfast prepared by the NCI staff. Afterwards, we’ll convene for a morning of action planning and strategizing. We will officially close the program before lunch with an inspirational and powerful Closing Ceremony. After lunch, transfer to Seattle (SEA) for your flight home.

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Facilitated team adventures are proudly presented by Muddy Shoe Adventures & Evergreen Escapes. We have a team of 12 expert program leaders, all with extensive experience, to draw from for team adventures based on availability, industry expertise, and alignment with the client’s needs and goals. Below are two examples of our expert facilitation staff. Please contact us for more information!

Michael Bennett, Ed.D. | Founder & Chief Adventure Officer @ MSA

Michael Bennett - Muddy Shoe AdventuresMichael is a traveler, adventurer, writer, photographer, and coach who has spent the past 20 years exploring the world. His desire to bring more passion, purpose, and meaning into his work led Michael to go on a personal journey of self-exploration and discovery, which ultimately inspired him to launch Muddy Shoe Adventures in 2011. Michael’s background includes a combined 5 years in higher education administration at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry and at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business & Management, where he served as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Continuous Quality Improvement. Michael also spent 5+ years leading Personal & Professional Development Programs for the Los Angeles Universal Preschool as the Senior Organizational Development Consultant. Michael earned his BS in International Marketing from the University of Delaware, his Global MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business & Management, and his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology. Michael’s doctoral research combined his passions for adventure travel, personal development, and experiential learning, and explored the critical elements of an adventure travel experience that contribute to transformational learning in adults.

Don Mankin, Ph.D. | Director of Organizational Development Programs @ MSA

Don Mankin, Ph.D.Don has filled many roles in his professional life: Aerospace engineer, business consultant, psychologist, educator, and travel writer. After earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, Don worked for over 40 years as an organization development consultant and university professor and dean. During this time, he authored numerous articles and four books in management and organizational psychology, including Teams & Technology (Harvard Business School Press) and Business Without Boundaries (JosseyBass). In recent years, Don has become an intrepid adventurer and has traveled to the far corners of the planet. In 2006, Don wrote his first travel book, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler (National Geographic Press). The Wall Street Journal called Riding the Hulahula, one of the best travel books of 2008. Don’s travel articles appear regularly in the Huffington Post and in Active Over 50, a quarterly magazine for active seniors distributed in the San Francisco Bay area. He also writes about his travels and related topics on his “Adventure Geezer” blog, which can be found on his website, Adventure Transformations. Don has won several awards for his travel writing including first place in the 50+ Travelers category in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 in the annual competition sponsored by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

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YOUR INVESTMENT: $68,000

Sample Group Size: 15 people

What’s Included

  • Transportation to/from Seattle (SEA) and the North Cascades Institute
  • All accommodations @ North Cascades Institute
  • All meals and beverages (including some alcohol)
  • All adventure activities (hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking)
  • All morning yoga and meditation classes
  • All MSA-led meetings, discussions, and breakout sessions
  • Pre- and post-program consultation with Muddy Shoe Adventures

Not Included in the Price of the Adventure

  • Flights to/from Seattle (SEA) or personal transportation to North Cascades Institute
  • Personal items, medicines, snacks
  • Optional Activities: additional guided hiking, rock-climbing, yoga classes, etc.

Please note this is a sample itinerary – prices vary by group size, season, and activities.

 

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