Tag: Johann Aberger

Operations Team Building

Last Friday, the Jaywalker Lodge operations team had the opportunity to step out of the office to work on team building at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus high ropes course. Guided by Johann Aberger – a mountaineer, life coach, and adjunct professor, we spent half the day learning about how our team functioned in unfamiliar territory. Johann was quick to identify our strengths and weaknesses as he watched us maneuver through a series of low ropes courses as a group. After a bit of reflection, we were ready to take what we had learned to the high ropes course. Identifying challenges and working towards a common goal as a team, we all successfully navigated the course. It was a fun and challenging day that helped each one of us identify our strengths and weaknesses, and with our new found knowledge we can create an even stronger operations team. Kortney…

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JWU Multi-pitch Climb

Recently JWU spent the day with Johann Aberger and two other expert rock climbing guides for what I thought was to be a short jaunt up Petit Blue.  The jaunt was indeed short, but the climb was long and challenging.  The focus of this outing was to face fear and move through it with courage, and for me, trust in our guide, Amos,  to whom I was attached with a climbing rope for three hours.  I have rocked climbed in the past, but past experiences did little to prepare me for the climb up Petit Blue.  It was a multi-pitch climb in which my climbing partner, Matt, was connected to me equal distance as I was to our guide.  When I use the term multi-pitch, I am using it lightly.  I did not count the number of pitches, but suffice it to say that a dozen would be an understatement.  Fear…

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2014 JWU Fall Orientation

Every semester the Jaywalker U students embark on a team-building/transformational trip where they not only work on themselves but also bond with their peers. For the second year in a row the Jaywalker U men headed to Steamboat Springs to explore their inner selves, get to know their peers, and spend some time relaxing and playing before starting the fall semester. We started the trip on Monday at Rabbit Ears Pass with local Carbondale life coach, Johann Aberger, for a day of hiking, climbing, team-building, and personal transformation. Throughout the day the students spent time looking at who they are and who they want to become all the while maintaining the principles of recovery and living a day at a time. At day’s end, Johann challenged everyone to look at their values, their passions, and to write a life purpose statement. After returning from the day with Johann, the guys…

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JWU Recognition Ceremony

The Coordinator of Jaywalker U, Donnie Hagenbart, took the lead last Friday at the Jaywalker U Recognition Ceremony by welcoming the Lodge clients and then telling his story of transformation which became the impetus for transformational workshops at Jaywalker U.  While pictures of workshops and spring breaks scrolled across the screen, Donnie inspired us to become willing to be our best, the basis of what he has learned from Transformational Coach, Johann Aberger.  Next, the Jaywalker U students who have been with Johann throughout the semester talked about their own experiences and what they have learned about themselves. Finally, Johann spent some time motivating, teaching, asking, showing, and encouraging everyone to reach for their highest good and their highest potential. Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

The Bucket List Project: Climbing in Patagonia

Johann Aberger built the Bucket List Project after his father passed away from Parkinson’s Disease 3 years ago. It’s an invitation for people to live their highest calling. He says, “As part of this project, I’ve started a successful business, run the Leadville 100, and worked to inspire people from all over the world to live ‘on-purpose.’” In January of 2014, Johann traveled to the Fitz Roy region of Patagonia, in Southern Argentina. The trip was a creation of the Bucket-List Project with a simple commitment; to climb one of the major summits, come back safely, and to use the experience for the highest good. He says, “The landscape was stunning, the weather at times alarming, and the overall experience provided a level of insight that was rich and fulfilling.” “I look forward to sharing stories that speak to our impermanence, the value of risk, adventure and suffering, as well…

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The Value of Suffering

This past weekend the Jaywalker U students had the opportunity to travel to Ouray, Colorado, home of some of the best ice climbing in the world. Every semester the Jaywalker U students work with A local life coach and total bad-ass, Johann Aberger. Each expedition with Johann is specifically designed to help students develop their own purpose and meaning in life. The focus of this expedition was the value of suffering. What is the value of suffering and what can we create through facing the dark side? In order to create meaningful change, we must be willing to be uncomfortable and face fear. Ice climbing is quite possibly one of the most uncomfortable and terrifying “recreational” experiences we could have; a perfect metaphor for how to navigate the shadow. For most of us, ice climbing was a sport reserved for only the most experienced of climbers and thus, beyond our…

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The Bucket List Project

It was a cold day in January of 2011 when I watched my father pass on. The moment his heart stopped marked the end of his yearlong battle with Parkinson’s disease. My hand was on his heart when it stopped beating. Death is a powerful teacher and the experience of losing my father was rich with learning. Primarily I was reminded how little time we have on this planet. His life flickered by, rich with love and service and ended in a blink. And the question I was left repeating after he was gone was a simple one: What can I to do today to honor my impermanence? How can I celebrate this gift of life, which is so fragile and finite? What is on my bucket-list? Today I’m packing for Patagonia. The southernmost tip of South America is home to one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the…

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JWU Recognition Ceremony

This Friday, December 13th, Jaywalker U will be having a recognition ceremony for the work the JWU students have done this semester. This semester the students have worked with local life coach, Johann Aberger, on personal transformation and team building. Students will talk about their work with Johann, their work in school, and their work on their recovery. The ceremony will run from 12pm-2pm at Colorado Mountain College here in Carbondale and will be catered by Smoke Modern Barbeque. This will be a major turning point for our men and we hope to see you there! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Mindfulness in Action

Last weekend, myself as well as the guys here at Jaywalker U took a trip to Moab, UT for one of our last days of transformational work with Johann Aberger. The guys of the house left on Friday, however my brother’s wedding was in Denver on Friday so I had to show up late. I had made a commitment to be in Moab, so right after the wedding on Friday, I left for Moab. I showed up in Moab and grabbed some breakfast with the guys and headed out to the river for a slow rafting trip down the Colorado. Afterwards we headed to do some hiking, canyoneering, and rappelling. All in all, this day seems like it was pretty busy. However this was a chance for us to relax, take a break from our brains going at the speed of light, and also do some things that weren’t exactly…

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High Ropes Course

Last week myself and the other Jaywalker U students went to the Colorado Mountain College high ropes course with Johann Aberger. There, we pushed our limits and learned about personal transformation and personal commitments. The ropes course was used as a way for us to see the value in our peers because all of the activities required trust and faith in each other. We then took this knowledge and saw in order to reach some of our own personal goals we needed the help of others. The most important topic this week was commitment.  Commitment is keeping constant vigilance to a goal. We talked about how in order to reach our goals we needed to first define them, and then commit to them. Once we make our commitment, then we need to break it down into what we can do on a day-to-day basis in order to reach that goal. Through this…

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