Tag: extreme recovery

Jaywalker Hut Life

Jaywalker Lodge clients and staff embarked on a winter expedition today to the 10th Mountain Division Huts to explore, ski, snowshoe, and 12 Step Study.  Jaywalker expeditions are designed to expose our men to a lifestyle change and healthy travel with men in recovery.  This hut trip is one of many our clients experience during their stay at Jaywalker, but continue with the Jaywalker Alumni Program.  We involve our alumni on trip with clients to share their experience, strength, and hope.  Over the next few days our men will get a taste of what we do in life after treatment.  This is a part of our recovery.

A New High: Mountain Biking Helps Endurance Racer Reclaim Life After Drug Abuse

Dave Krimstock, Jaywalker Expedition Assistant and Alumnus, was featured in Mountain Flyer Magazine this month.  The feature includes Dave’s experience, strength, and hope within his own recovery and accomplishment.  Thank you Dave for your leadership and commitment to helping other men discover themselves. http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/view.php/a-new-high-mountain-biking-helps-endurance-racer-reclaim-life-after-drug-abuse.html

Brock B. – Alumni Blog

Overcoming Challenges – Xterra Race  By Brock B. I will start by saying that I never thought I would complete a triathlon.  In fact, before I moved to Carbondale, I had never even been on a mountain bike.  I remember during my intake at Jaywalker lodge, I expressed my concern about being able to keep up with the most basic fitness activities.  But I quickly fell in love with mountain biking.  I love being able to push myself to my physical limit on the uphill and then rip as fast as I can on the way back down.  Our Jaywalker alumni network has some of the best riders I have ever seen and they all push me to want to improve. I have been fortunate to work at a job that allows me to network with some of the most interesting people in the Roaring Fork Valley.  One of these…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Jaywalker Addiction Treatment team

Hard to believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!  As Thanksgiving approaches, there is no better time to reflect on the things we are grateful for.  Jaywalker is extremely thankful to have such an incredible Alumni Group.  To help celebrate recovery and fellowship we invite all Alumni & friends to join us on Thanksgiving Day at 4pm! Have a safe holiday and we hope to see you there!

Pat S Celebrates 6

Pat & Ben sober life

My first time meeting Pat Shaffer was as a client in the Lodge when Pat was volunteering. Since I already liked MTN biking, and he led many MTN bike outings as a volunteer the friendship came easy. In fact on one of our first rides he had to pull cactus out of my butt on a ride, that’s the kind of intimacy among men we talk about here at Jaywalker. Pat is around my age and we talked a lot about life. I remember being on expedition in Twin lakes and having a particularly tough time dealing with my impending divorce. Pat and I sat in the van one day after a ride and talked about it for almost an hour. His calm demeanor helped me immensely. We are both hockey fans and as a client I was allowed to bike to his house to watch the hockey playoffs. 12…

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2015 Twin Lakes Expedition

Biking adventure sober retreat

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to volunteer for the annual Twin Lakes expedition; an expedition that I participated in last year as a client. This year’s trip would prove to be more rewarding than last year’s. As a client in my first 30 days of sobriety, I had trouble finding the fun in the camping environment of Twin Lakes. That was not the case this year, as I was able to get out of my own head and sympathize with the current clients in their respective early sobrieties. We participated in AA and NA meetings around the campfire each night, which helped bring the collective group closer together. I witnessed early friendships forming by the end of the expedition, which I believe to be crucial for success in recovery. The clients became more open with one another, and faced their fears during certain activities like white water rafting….

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Here’s to another 10 years

Dirk Eldredge addiction team and support

Jaywalker is pleased to announce the appointment of Dirk Eldredge as our new Chief Executive Officer. For the last 6 months Dirk has supervised the marketing, admissions and alumni functions. In his new role as CEO, Dirk will also oversee all aspects of administrative, clinical and financial operations here at Jaywalker. Our Founder, Bob Ferguson, is excited to have appointed Dirk in his new role. Bob will continue to be a part of Jaywalker and will be focusing on treatment industry best practices. Bob’s vision and leadership over the last 10 years made Jaywalker what it is today and Dirk will continue to model Bob’s vision. Bob has many aspirations and plans moving forward, it will be fun to watch! Congratulations Dirk and here’s to another 10 years!

Dave K Celebrates 4

Dave K sober living

Today we celebrate 4 years clean and sober for Jaywalker Expedition Assistant Dave Krimstock.  It has been an honor for me to know Dave since he decided to come to Jaywalker.  When Dave first arrived, the seed of sobriety had only just been planted.  I watched him as he watered and nurtured that seed.  It got plenty of sun and started to grow and blossom.  Just like his facial hair, it needs to get trimmed and maintained from time to time.  Dave is like a beautiful recovery flower. He likely holds the record for most homemade chocolate chippers eaten on a consecutive basis.  My best guess is the number is around 75-125 consecutive days.  Endurance athletes are now calling this particular training method “The Kornelius”. Dave has amazing determination and focus as daily strengths.  He has the ability to shut out the negative thoughts and push his body beyond the…

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Pushing the Limits

Gunnison - climbing adventure sober retreat

One of the unique aspects of being involved with the Jaywalker community is the opportunity to try new things and push your personal limits, both in self improvement and in a physical sense.  When Lynn told me that we were going to do a multi-pitch rock climb in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, I was both excited and terrified.  I knew that being upwards of 2000 feet above the river below would push my limits as a rock climber.  This was my first climb where we would be going this far off the ground, and I was apprehensive to say the least.  After repelling down several hundred feet into the canyon, we came to the face of the cliff we were about to climb.  The only way out of the canyon was up this face, so I had to put all my fears aside and trust Lynn and Taylor. …

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6th Annual Sedona Trip

Biking in sedona sober retreat

On Saturday May 9th I departed Carbondale with 10 Jaywalker alums for the 6th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike trip. I have been on the last 4, but this one was different as it would be the first alumni expedition for me in my new position as Alumni Coordinator. We rode Mag 7 in Moab on the way there and then rode for 3 more days in Sedona. We broke a few bikes, we got a few flats, we got a little bloody, and we got poked by cactus. We also spent ample time sunbathing by the pool and had a family style sit down dinner every night. The group was fantastic and the Sedona trip continues to be one of the best fellow-shipping experiences there is. All this made my first expedition as alumni coordinator a great success, with hopefully many more to come. Ben Marbach Alumni Coordinator Jaywalker Lodge

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