Allett is proud to sponsor Adventures Without Limits, an organization that helps to eliminate the barriers between young people and the outdoors. By supporting us, you’re helping to support them too. As they say:
“Whether we’re out kayaking, rock climbing, rafting, snowshoeing, or even hiking, our participants are constantly teaching us what adventure really means. It doesn’t always equate to being the first person to summit a peak, or surviving a torrential storm while sailing the South Seas. Sometimes, the most enriching and powerful adventures come from trying something new for the first time, or just being able to access an experience.
Over the years, we’ve helped those with physical and developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, and older adults. Common barriers to outdoor recreation are transportation, adequate outdoor clothing, accessible activity locations, adaptive equipment, and the basic knowledge to complete the activity both confidently and safely.
Many of the people we work with have never experienced the abundant hiking trails, parks, rivers, or lakes we have here in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to empower them through outdoor adventure.”
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River Rafting on the North Santiam
AWL teamed up with Homeplate, a non-profit located in the Portland area that serves homeless and transitional youth. They provide housing, meals, education and job finding services to the youth of Washington County.
Rock Climbing in French’s Dome in the Mt. Hood National Forest
“Adventures Without Limits teamed up with Allett to offer the Boy’s and Girls Club of Portland’s Youth Force Program a climbing adventure in the great Pacific Northwest. The Youth Force program integrates adult coaching and mentoring, skill-building workshops ,and service learning, with hands on work experience in paid internships to develop the assets and competencies that under-served teens need in order to realize their educational and professional potential.
The teens woke bright and early to head out of the concrete jungle and into an alpine one on the slopes of Mount Hood. As most morning drives go the van was quiet but excitement was in the air as we approached French’s Dome”: a beautiful basalt plug rising through tall stands of Douglas Fir above the forest floor.
After introductions and safety briefings had wrapped excited and slightly nervous voices were heard shouting “on belay”, “belay on”, “climbing”, “climb on”. As time wore on the teens voices and movements became more confident and fluid, by the end of the day they were excitedly encouraging each other to try more challenging routes and learning how to belay their peers.
After everyone’s hands were covered in chalk and their arms felt like noodles we hugged our goodbyes and thanked Allett for an awesome day of climbing!!!”
Cave Exploring in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Allett sponsored an awesome caving trip on November 11th, 2017 for Adventures Without Limits. They took a group of low income youth from Hacienda Community Development Corporation out to explore the Ape Caves in southern Washington state.
This cave is actually a lava tube, and is one of the longest such in the world at a length of 12,810 feet. It is said that the cave was discovered by members of a youth group known as the St. Helens Apes. Ape was a word referring to the mysterious legendary creature more commonly known as Sasquatch. It is believed that the lava tube was formed about 2000 years ago during the same eruptive event that caused the phenomenon seen at the Trail of 2 Forests.