Recovery through Service – Independence Pass

Jaywalker Lodge staff, clients, and alumni spent time this week volunteering on Independence Pass.  Jaywalker Expedition Director, Lynn Sanson, organized yet another outing to help our outdoor community remove obsolete cable, poles, and phone lines; restoring visual serenity to a 10 mile strech on Independence Pass.  The Aspen Times details the service work and operation in the article linked below.  We are grateful for the opportunity to recover through service this week in one of the most serene spots in the Roaring Fork Valley!‘Eyesore’ wires will be removed from old telephone poles on Aspen’s Independence Pass

Jaywalker 10th Annual Serenity Scramble

The 10th Anniversary of Jaywalker Lodges Serenity Scramble was a great success! We had a record number of participants and raised over $25,000 for A Way Out. “A Way Out” is a non-profit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that offers counseling, referrals, addiction assessments, solution oriented treatment plans and financial aid to people that would otherwise not be capable of receiving these services. Elizabeth Means is the Director of A Way Out and serves this organization with incredible professionalism along with its esteemed board of directors. All of us at Jaywalker Lodge are proud to do our small part to help support this purpose driven organization for over a decade now. Our founder Bobby Ferguson, a long- time resident of this valley, aligned himself and his company with A Way Out for good reason years ago and this relationship just continues to grow from year to year. With well…

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Mindfulness at Jaywalker Lodge – A Bridge to the 12 Steps

Mindfulness based CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) interventions are now widely accepted, evidence based practices are used in many of the country’s best treatment centers.  These practices are often offered as a replacement to more traditional addiction therapies and placed in opposition to 12-step facilitated treatment.  Mindfulness need not be an alternative to 12-step treatment; we believe it is an effective and viable bridge to a sophisticated 12-step treatment protocol that meets the needs of diverse client populations.  At Jaywalker Lodge, the mindfulness curriculum is designed to support each client’s 12-step program and focuses on teaching clients skills in the following sections: meditation, loving kindness, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, skillful action, attention, and values.   In practical application, our program mirrors the wisdom of the 12-step traditions.  We start each day with a reading/lesson, reflection, prayer, meditation and intention setting session that lasts about 20 minutes.  Throughout the day, clients are asked to…

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Jaywalker Colorado Alumni & Choice House for Men

Once a Jaywalker, always a Jaywalker… The disease of alcoholism and addiction is a constant struggle, a never ending battle with an enemy that knows no quit…we do what we can to build up our defenses, we build community, we hold that community close. When one of our number falls we rally, we show up in hospitals, detoxes, jails, and institutions, we let them know they are not alone. This past weekend all of the available Denver area Jaywalker alumni joined together to visit some of our brethren who had readmitted themselves to treatment at Choice House in Louisville, CO. We ordered the boxing match on pay-per-view and 300 hot wings and came together for some laughs and in support of our boys. Punches were thrown (on tv of course), wings were eaten, laughs were had and the ever present feeling of brotherhood and community was infectious. The disease of…

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Recovery in Paris

I have been attempting to make a trip to a foreign country for quite some time. I have traveled to surf, skate, and sight see many times, but never in recovery. I have always been hesitant to go anywhere outside of the country, because I didn’t want to get myself into a situation where I would want to use. Earlier this year, I lost my Mother to cancer and I tried almost everything to cope, except drugs and alcohol. One of the things I had done in the past is explore a new place or get outside my comfort zone in order to try something new.  The past few years my Mom told me that I should take a trip out of the country. Once she passed I knew now was the time to do it. I needed something to spark my happiness and get me enjoying life again. This…

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Floating the Gunnison Gorge

Floating the Gunnison GorgeIt all started when my buddy Andrew and I were driving to the Arkansas River for a company work retreat. We were talking about all the rivers in Colorado that we have fished, and the ones that we haven’t. Most of the rivers in Colorado were blown out from the rapid snow melt, and thus unfishable. We both had the itch to go explore a new river, and we were scratching our heads about where to go. Andrew mentioned that he had some great luck on the Uncompahgre River last spring, and that it was only about a 30-minute drive from the Gunnison River. I wanted to make a full-day of it, so I suggested that we take a raft. I texted my ride-or-die fishing buddy JC, “Let’s go fish the Paco, and then pay for a jet boat shuttle to take us and the rafts up…

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Jaywalker Expedition Director – Summits El Capitan

On Monday our Expedition Director Lynn Sanson, my boss/mentor/friend, accomplished a dream.  Lynn Sanson completed the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with his son Tobin.  While completing the rock climb is an amazing feat, I know that this means much more to him than just another ascent of a sheer rock wall. Lynn has been attempting this climb for the last few years, and has had several demoralizing defeats.  Each time, I watched him prepare diligently but come back being humbled by this 3000ft testpiece.  It was hard for me to see someone who is so competent and level headed to come up short. This year, there was a change.  I saw Lynn make some changes to his approach to an already extremely healthy and active lifestyle.  I saw someone who was going to do whatever it took to complete the dream.  In addition,  his son Tobin made some huge progress in his…

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Jaywalker Lodge: Why Horses

WHY HORSES “Horses have been an integral part of the human experience since their domestication more than 5,000 years ago. They have shouldered our burdens, shared our history and shaped our mythology. There is a long-standing connection between humans and horses and how they have impacted our lives.” ~Linda Kohanov, Eponaquest Founder and Author As an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (EAP) and Equine Facilitated Learning instructor (EFL), I have been fortunate to bring my work and this amazing experiential process, to the men at Jaywalker Lodge. It has been a gift and privilege to witness how the power of the herd-and the authentic reflections they bring-impact the men we work with, who are healing from the ravages of alcoholism and addiction. As awareness surfaces within the equine experiential setting, the horses present opportunities for participants to work through unconscious patterns, metaphors and ways of relating; toward integration, personal growth and healing….

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Jaywalker Alumnus: Climbing Denali

Climbing Denali has been in the works for almost two years, starting with having the first inklings of it being a possibility while on another trip in Chamonix. Since that time, as our skill sets grew, achieving that goal became more and more realistic, and how we were going to do that became more apparent. Once we finished planning the trip and booking the flights, all that was left was getting physically ready. But throughout this whole process, one question kept coming back to me. Why do I climb and ski these mountains, and more specifically why do I want to climb this particular mountain? The easy answer is that it validates me as a ski mountaineer. It validates me using a college degree to work as a valet so I can ski, climb, tour, etc to my heart’s content. It even validates me going through Jaywalker and “turning my…

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Jaywalker Summer: Strawberry Days 10K & Bailey Hundo

Congratulations to our employee, James Bakehouse, who finished his first ever 10k…and with no training whatsoever!  James finished the Strawberry Shortcut in style with a smile on his face and a grateful heart. I am particularly inspired by James because he had shared with me on the Friday before the race that his last experience of Strawberry Days was from when he was using.  This time though, James was sober, grateful for life, and he got the early bird special running 6.2 miles at 7:00 am on a Sunday morning. James was joined in the race by Amber Bate (wife of our Chief of Clinical Operations), Jeff Kremer (former long-time Chief of Clinical Operations), and Erin Williams (HR Director).  All were cheered on by Stefan Bate and the little Bates – Allison and Christopher. Way to go James!! Erin W. David Krimstock competed in the Bailey Hundo MTB Race this…

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