Elements Welcomes Summer 2022
A new season is evidenced when the move to the summer course area happens. Bill Wimberg, Elements Field Director reported last week, “Hey, it’s that time! Logistics are set and we are moving to the mountain range beginning Monday, June 6”.
“Within operating an outdoor program on federal lands comes the responsibility of paying permits and the opportunity to collaborate with those managing our federal lands”, says Andrew Powell, owner and CEO. Powell continues, “we are fortunate to operate on two very different, adjacent course areas, providing a warmer and drier desert climate in the winter and a cooler high-elevation range in the summer. Coordinating our permits with two separate agencies and teams is well worth the effort when it gives our clients and staff a much more temperate space to share their outdoor living experience.”
Elements operates in the Wasatch Plateau section of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, which stretches from central Utah to southeastern Utah and into Colorado over 1,413,111 acres. The forest is managed for multiple uses such as range, timber, minerals, water, wildlife, and recreation. The canyons, mountaintops, fresh grassy meadows, lakes, and streams of the Manti-La Sal National Forest have welcomed and provided space of healing for eons of time.
“Annually we meet with land management representatives to discuss challenges, review our specific policies and to demonstrate a transparent commitment to partnering as responsible stewards of the land we utilize”, adds Karen Scrafford, owner and Program Director. “In this we are also synchronizing safe and appropriate timing for moves between our two-course areas”.
The Elements’ Adventure Team enjoys hosting weekly activities of fly fishing, rappelling, climbing, paddle boarding, and other low ropes activities on the summer course area. This vast space, varying from 7,000-to-10,000-foot in elevation, contains majestic high elevation lakes, diverse vegetation, near-vertical bluffs, and site of scenic and geologic interest. It also boasts some of the top-rated fly-fishing spots in Utah.
If you would like to visit, in person or virtually, or get more information about Elements contact Brandi Bradbury at (435) 231-3961 or Brandi@ElementsWilderness.com.
About Elements Wilderness &Elements Traverse
Since 2008, Elements Wilderness has been providing a specialized therapeutic intervention for adolescent boys aged 13-17. We at Elements envision a world in which everyone has the skills and support necessary to live a full and healthy life. Through innovative therapeutic and psychiatric intervention, a comprehensive outdoor living experience complete with expeditionary backpacking and adventure programming, a robust family program involving the family at every step, and evidence-based substance abuse treatment, we strive to provide our clients with intervention, treatment, and assessment. Elements is licensed and supervised by the State of Utah Department of Human Services and accredited through the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council and the Association for Experiential Education. For Young Adult wilderness therapy clients, there is Elements Traverse based in central Utah.