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The Brink intro


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The Brink intro


July 22-26      Space is limited      Inquire or reserve

The Brink is an annual, off-the-grid adventure that brings friends and families together.

 
 

What

The Brink is the best camping trip in the history of the world. No cell phones, no video games, and no deadlines. Just good, old-fashioned adventures in the middle of nowhere. Mountains, streams, slingshots, arrows, campfires, bug bites and more stars than you’ve ever seen.

Who

While we know that some moms love sleeping on dirt, the Brink is reserved for dads and savages, boys and girls alike on an invite-only basis.

Hint to dads: treat your wife to a trip to the spa while you’re Brinking it—they certainly deserve it.

Where

In the spirit of exploration, the Brink’s location changes every year. We haven't settled on the 2019 the location yet, but we know it will be an off-the-grid campground in the Mt. Adams or North Cascades areas.

 

A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot and the full amount is due by June 1, 2019. Slots will fill up fast so if you want to come, don’t dally. 

Contact Chris Erickson to make it happen.

 
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Purpose


Purpose

The Brink exists to give dads and their savages a chance to experience life and relationships out-of-bounds, beyond the confines of the everyday grind, where excitement, possibilities and a little bit of danger come together to make something called adventure.

Purpose


Purpose

The Brink exists to give dads and their savages a chance to experience life and relationships out-of-bounds, beyond the confines of the everyday grind, where excitement, possibilities and a little bit of danger come together to make something called adventure.

Friendship

The Brink isn’t just a trip to teach savages new tricks or enjoy the outdoors, though that will certainly happen. It’s about creating and deepening peer-to-peer and interfamily relationships. That isn’t to say that everybody has to become best friends or be especially outgoing—that isn’t realistic. Rather, it’s about creating opportunities for authentic relationships to bud, grow and deepen than wouldn’t naturally happen as we go about our daily lives.

Adventure

The Brink is the perfect time to take a few risks and dare to do big things that could never happen in our safe and well-programmed daily lives. Dads provide a measure of sanity and wisdom to the affair, but are also expected to supply the biggest, craziest ideas. Through it, we’ll learn that opportunity is always around us, if we simply put ourselves in a position to embrace it.

 

Memories

Big adventures with friends will make up the stories of our lives for years to come. Years from now, we’ll still be saying, “remember that time when Jono ate that live squirrel?” Memories, shared with friends and strung together across many years, will leave us with something neither we nor our savages will ever forget.

Legends

Let’s show our kids how to be the hero of their own story. With our encouragement and their courage, savages will forge trails, conquer fears and glory in triumph. Sure, we’ll have fun, but the Brink goes a lot deeper. Year by year, stories and confidence together will grow. Some will become larger than life and be told to our grandkids, who will in turn be inspired to lead courageous lives. Along the way, our savages will grow up, confident and capable, ready to take on epic dreams and difficult challenges.

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Location


2019 location

TBD

Location


2019 location

TBD

N???    W???    Elevation ???

In 2019 we'll be heading up toward Mt. Adams or the North Cascades. We'll scout several locations in Spring '19 and keep you posted. Until then, know that it will be remote,  beautiful and incorporate a body of water.

 

Details

Coming Spring 19.

Location

Coming Spring 19.

Map it from Seattle

Map it from Portland

Camping disconnected

The Brink is held at scenic and relatively remote locations. It will likely fall outside of cell service, so be prepared to go old school. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure to plan and coordinate before you leave. Assume you won’t have the ability to send or receive phone calls or texts.
  • Download the location and surrounding area in Google Maps on your phone and your phone GPS will still work. Learn how here.
  • Print or buy a good map.
  • Make a list of important destinations, like gas stations, before you leave.
  • Come prepared with a spare tire, jack and fix-a-flat. If you get a flat tire, calling for help might not be an option.
 
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Save the date


July 22-26

Save the date


July 22-26

Saturday, June 21
(optional for early birds)

  • Travel
  • Camp set-up
  • Exploration
  • Hot dog dinner
  • Fireside

Sunday, July 22

  • Travel
  • Camp set-up
  • Exploration
  • Dinner
  • Brink kick-off
  • Fireside

Monday, July 23

  • Breakfast
  • Optional field trip #1
  • Lunch
  • Free play
  • Dinner
  • Skill share
  • Fireside
 

Tuesday, July 24

  • Breakfast
  • Optional field trip #2
  • Free play
  • Dinner
  • Skill share
  • Fireside

Wednesday, July 25

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Free play
  • Dinner
  • Skill share
  • Fireside

Thursday, July 26

  • Breakfast
  • Pack up camp
  • Head home
  • Lunch on the road
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The vibe


The vibe

Complainers. Pessimists. Downers. You’re not welcome. We’re gonna find out what’s under that rock, how far we can see from the top of a mountain, and how many hot dogs the human stomach can hold. Think fun. Think together.

Think, “Why not?”

The vibe


The vibe

Complainers. Pessimists. Downers. You’re not welcome. We’re gonna find out what’s under that rock, how far we can see from the top of a mountain, and how many hot dogs the human stomach can hold. Think fun. Think together.

Think, “Why not?”

Adventure

We spend most of the year in the same routine. Not this week. We’re gonna run and explore and throw rocks and climb trees and trap squirrels. Get ready to say “yes” a whole lot more than normal.

Enthusiasm

The Brink is a great place to build confidence and have fun, so leave Debbie Downer in your home town. Get ready to dole out high fives and mad props as our kids (and you) discover new ways to take on the world.

Camaraderie

Come prepared to connect with old friends and make new ones. Dads and savages are all in this together. Share what you have, borrow what you need. Work together. Play together. Take care of each other.

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Cost


Cost

By sharing expenses, the cost-per-family is lower than if we all purchased everything separately. It’s called teamwork, y’all.

Cost


Cost

By sharing expenses, the cost-per-family is lower than if we all purchased everything separately. It’s called teamwork, y’all.

$30 base + $65 per person

For example, a family bringing three would pay $225.
$30 + ($65 × 3) = $225

What it gets you

Breakfasts

You can’t beat country-style flapjacks, eggs, links, bacon and fresh air for getting the day off to a great start.

Dinners

We’ll serve up family-style dinners every evening.

Hot dogs

For savages who can’t imagine anything better than a grandstander cooked over an open flame, we’ve got them covered. Enjoy all-you-can-eat all-beef dogs all day long.

Liquids

Fresh water won’t be available where we’re going, so we’ll bring in a truck load.

Ice

Our camping outpost will be hours form the nearest refrigerator, and none of us want food poisoning, so we’ll bring plenty of ice.

S’mores

Need we say more?

Tee shirt & hat

An ultra-soft Brink tee and a tuff trucker hat come standard for every Brinker. Who wants to bet that 80% of our savages never take them off?

Campground fees

We’ll cover campsite and vehicle fees.

Cooking fuel

We’ll bring two large propane tanks for cooking. Please note that they won’t be used to power your lanterns—you are on the hook for bringing your own little propane canisters.

Firewood

To prevent tree diseases and foreign insects from entering National Forests, it’s illegal to bring in firewood from different areas. So, we’ll purchase legal firewood on the way to our outpost just in case natural firewood isn’t available.

Odds ’n ends

All the boring stuff, like paper towels, foil, soap, garbage bags and cutlery.

What isn’t covered

Lunches

You’ll want to bring 4-5 days worth of on-the-go types of lunches for your family. We recommend simple pleasures like bread, peanut butter, granola bars, chips, cookies, etc—the types of things that don’t need to be refrigerated, cooked or warmed up.

Family specific foods

We’ll stick to the basics, so our dinners and breakfasts should work for most, but if you have special crackers that you just can’t live without, make sure to pack ’em.

Travel costs

It takes a bit of effort to get to where we’re going. You’re on the hook for that bit.

Snacks

Preferences vary widely, so apart from trail mix, we’re leaving snacks up to you. Head to Costco and stock up on granola bars, jerky, gross raisins or whatever you’re into these days.

Alcohol

The Brink isn't a get-wasted type of camping trip, but if you want to bring some Pabst or some New Deal Whiskey, go for it. We want you to stay sharp for all the trouble your kids will be raising during the day though, so keep a lid on the spirits until the kids are sawing logs.

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Preparation


Prep

Given the remote location and level of adventure, the Brink isn’t your typical family camping trip. Use this as your prep cheat sheet.

Preparation


Prep

Given the remote location and level of adventure, the Brink isn’t your typical family camping trip. Use this as your prep cheat sheet.

Gear

If you camp often then you probably have your gear list on lockdown. If not, use this as your guide.

Essentials

Extras

Recreation

Feel free to bring your favorite play things, as long as they don’t need to be plugged in. But if you want to pack light, don’t worry—we’ll have more than enough stuff to share.

Ideas

  • Kayaks, canoes, float tubes or rafts
  • Goggles/swim gear
  • Musical instruments (banjo, ukulele, harmonica...)
  • Board games
  • Playing cards
  • Slingshots
  • Sketchpad with paints/pencils
  • Bows and arrows
  • We’ll bring a few fishing poles, but you’ll get more reps if you bring your own (this spinning rod works for kids and will probably last longer than this easier-to-use spincaster)
  • Airgun
  • Frisbees
  • Telescope
  • Slackline

Don’t bring

  • Water balloons or squirt guns
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms
  • Paintball guns
  • Fireworks
  • Tablets, portable TVs or electronics

Stories, Songs and Skits

Evenings will be finished around the campfire. We’d love each family to share a few stories (real life or tall tales), a couple of songs (double-word score if you use an instrument) and a skit or two. If it’s too far outside your comfort zone, then don’t sweat it—but it will be a fun part of the week and the kids really love it.

Need some ideas? Get a book from the library or look online and you are sure to stumble upon some classics.

Clothing & personals

The days will be really hot, but the nights will be surprisingly cold. Make sure to pack clothes that can be layered. Also, make sure to pack a good pair of shoes or hiking boots that can take a beating, as well as shoes or flip flops that can be used near the water. One last thing—please prepare for mosquitos. Pack bug spray, bite-relief and some clothing that covers your skin for the evenings. 

Basics

  • Two pairs of pants
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • Swimsuit/trunks
  • Six tee shirts
  • One long sleeve shirt
  • Six pairs of socks and unders
  • Sunglasses if you have sensitive eyes
  • Brimmed hat

Footwear

  • Water shoes (flip flops or Keens are great)
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes (for hiking and running around)

Warmth

  • Fleece top or hoodie
  • Warm jacket
  • Beanie

Toiletries

Food

Apart from snacks, special items and alcohol, you shouldn’t have to worry about food or food related items.

Recommended

  • Enough food for 4-5 on-the-go lunches for your family (keep it simple: bread, peanut butter, chips, cookies, etc—the types of things that don’t need to be refrigerated, cooked or warmed up)
  • Snacks

Optional

  • Special foods or drinks
  • Bring a cooler and a bit of extra ice if you decide to bring lunch stuff that needs to stay cold.
  • Enamelware cups

Don’t worry about

  • Plates
  • Silverware
  • Cooking equipment

Skill share

Every Brinker (dads and savages) should come prepared to share a skill or activity. Past skills have ranged from blowdart making to sewing to magic tricks. The key is to share something that you enjoy.

If you’re skill or activity requires supplies, please bring enough for 25 or so folks.

Things we need

Here are a few items that we would love to have at the Brink, but haven’t locked down yet. If can bring any of them, let us know.

  • Non-motorized boats (i.e. canoe, raft, kayak)
 
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Make it big


Make it big

Make it big


Make it big

The Brink is everyone's to own. Even the smallest sapling has a skill to teach, a story to tell and a mess to clean—but they won’t if you don’t. 

Dads, you set the tone. The more you put into the Brink, the more memorable it will be. In addition to pumping it up and building excitement beforehand, jump in and take ownership during the trip and help us make the Brink legendary. 

Here are a few areas that we’ll need help with, but don’t let it limit you. If you have more ideas, let us know and we’ll help you take the lead. 

 
 

Exploration

Night games

Food prep

Clean-up

Fishing

Activities

Safety

Marksmanship

Music

Snare setting

Storytelling

Water activities          

Contraption building

Fort making

Skill share

 

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Excursions


Daily excursions

For those up to the challenge, we’ll set out on
two half-day adventures.

Excursions


Daily excursions

For those up to the challenge, we’ll set out on
two half-day adventures.

Monday

TBD

Tuesday

TBD

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Water


So fresh and so clean

When the sun is high, the water will keep us cool. Come prepared for fishing, floating and plenty of swimming.

Water


So fresh and so clean

When the sun is high, the water will keep us cool. Come prepared for fishing, floating and plenty of swimming.

Water action

Make sure to bring swim suits, towels, and water shoes to swim in. Non-swimmers or those still perfecting their stroke should bring a life jacket so that they can take part in the fun.

Water safety

The waters around the Brink are manageable, but it's still wild out there, so we’ll check each swimming area to make sure there are no submerged stumps or Kraken nearby.

There won’t be lifeguards, but none of the kids will be in the water without one of the dads there to supervise. Additionally, one of the dads is a former lifeguard instructor and will teach the kids some useful lifesaving skills.  

Life preservers

We know that many of the Brink savages are very accomplished swimmers. Regardless, life jackets are mandatory for all minors. While the waters are tame, we'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to water safety.

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Swimming


Perfect your cannonball

Whether swimming from shore, floating in your life jacket or crossing to the other shore, come ready to dive in.

Swimming


Perfect your cannonball

Whether swimming from shore, floating in your life jacket or crossing to the other shore, come ready to dive in.

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Fishing


Fish on!

While we can’t guarantee a record haul, we’re pretty darn sure there is action to be had. It’s the perfect setting for first-timers and experienced anglers to start and finish out each day.

Fishing


Fish on!

While we can’t guarantee a record haul, we’re pretty darn sure there is action to be had. It’s the perfect setting for first-timers and experienced anglers to start and finish out each day.

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Water craft


Watercraft

The Brink is the perfect place to paddle around and strengthen your core. Feel free to bring canoes, surfboards, inner tubes—anything that floats.

Water craft


Watercraft

The Brink is the perfect place to paddle around and strengthen your core. Feel free to bring canoes, surfboards, inner tubes—anything that floats.

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Marksmanship


Take aim

Get your Rambo on. But without the giant pecs
and explosive arrowheads.

Marksmanship


Take aim

Get your Rambo on. But without the giant pecs
and explosive arrowheads.

Safety

We will do all of our shooting in groups, under the supervision of at least one of the dads; usually the one that brings the gear. This will keep savage-on-savage blood-letting to a minimum. If your family has gear and you are cool with following our safety rules, feel free to bring it to use and share.

Firearms

The Brink will include archery, BB guns and slingshots. Depending on the location, it may include bona-fide lead-shootin’ pistols, rifles or shotguns, as long as we can create a safe, out-of-camp range.

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Airguns


Airguns

Finally, the chance to shoot each others’ eyes out with Red Rider BB guns. Just kidding about the eyes. Not kidding about the BB guns.

Airguns


Airguns

Finally, the chance to shoot each others’ eyes out with Red Rider BB guns. Just kidding about the eyes. Not kidding about the BB guns.

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Rig something amazing


 

 

 

 

Rig something amazing

Let’s make things that our parents, bosses and wives would never approve of. Let’s unite our kids’ wildest dreams with the acumen of full-grown men. Think big, think fast, think ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

Rig something amazing


 

 

 

 

Rig something amazing

Let’s make things that our parents, bosses and wives would never approve of. Let’s unite our kids’ wildest dreams with the acumen of full-grown men. Think big, think fast, think ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

Zipline

Once again, we’re bringing a portable 200’ steel cable zipline. Need we say more? 

Oh, and Jono, please hold on this time.

Ropes course

Who will take home the coveted Golden Rope this year? Only time will tell. 

Ready. Set. Go.

 
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Skill share


Skill share

We’re a curious bunch and we can’t wait to learn some new tricks this summer. Know any? Come ready to pass them on.

Skill share


Skill share

We’re a curious bunch and we can’t wait to learn some new tricks this summer. Know any? Come ready to pass them on.

Drop some knowledge

It would be rad if every dad and savage came prepared with a skill or interest to share with the other Brinkers. It’s a great way to connect and learn about what makes each of us unique.

Past skills have ranged from blowdart making to sewing to magic tricks.

What should you share?

If you love astronomy, then you could give us a tour of the cosmos. If you love animals, then you could share what types of creatures live around our outpost. If you love super heroes, then you could show people how to draw them. Remember, it’s about you, so make it personal.

Supplies

If you’re skill or activity requires supplies, please bring enough for 25 or so folks. We realize that is a lot of people, so keep it simple and inexpensive.

 
 

The key is to share something that you enjoy—it should be a reflection of you. Get creative and don't stress. If it isn't fun to share then you are probably taking it too seriously.

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Fireside


Fireside

Without TVs or video games, we’ll entertain ourselves when the sun goes down. To keep it from devolving into a rousing chorus of fart noises and burning sticks, we’ll center each night around a different campfire activity.

Fireside


Fireside

Without TVs or video games, we’ll entertain ourselves when the sun goes down. To keep it from devolving into a rousing chorus of fart noises and burning sticks, we’ll center each night around a different campfire activity.

 

After Hours

Once the savages are tucked away, dads can stay up as late as they want telling absurd stories that no one believes. This is when we can get real and connect on a level a few notches higher than fart jokes. If you brought a flask or something classy like Pabst, this is the appropriate time to take it out and share it, although heads up, the Brink isn’t the right place to get slizzard.

 
 
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FAQ


Grow a meatstache

What’s a meatstache? Great question. Here are a few more.

FAQ


Grow a meatstache

What’s a meatstache? Great question. Here are a few more.

Can we kill things?

Yes, but you have to eat anything you kill, and that is not negotiable. So far, this rule has kept the killing to zero while keeping the excitement of hunting and trapping alive.

Is it just for fathers and sons?

No, bring your daughters as well—they’ll have a great time.

My wife was a girl scout and she loves camping. Can she come?

Nope. While there are plenty of moms that love the outdoors, one of our goals is to give dads and kids adventures together. Let’s give the moms a bit of peace and quiet—they deserve it.

Tip: book an Airbnb or spa day for your wife and her friends while you and your savages are in the wilderness.

Will we be hiking in to our camp site?

Our camp site is remote, but your car will be able to get you there.

What type of vehicle do I need? Can my minivan hack it?

Yes, your Sienna can hack it, however, the roads might be rough in patches, so come prepared with a working jack, tire iron, spare, and a can of Fix-a-Flat.

Can I bring my RV?

Nope.

What if we have specific food requirements or allergies?

Let us know and we can chat about it.

What if someone gets hurt?

So far we’ve kept injuries to bumps and slivers, but we come prepared just in case. In addition to bringing a giant first-aid kit, one of the dads is a former EMT and we’ll pre-plot routes to the nearest ranger station and hospital.

Are there trails to ride bikes?

Not sure, but don’t bring your bikes. The other kids won’t have them, and our goal is to do activities that everybody can participate in. Plus, we want to tread lightly and bikes tends to trash remote trails pretty quickly.

What about bears?

We'll be way out in the woods which means it might be bear country, but we’ll teach (and put into practice) responsible camping practices, such as putting food into cars at night, that greatly minimize any run-ins with Winnie the Pooh. Don't sweat this one.

Can I bring my dog?

No. We all saw Old Yeller so we know what happens when pets meet wild animals. Even if she's sweet as can be, your dog is a wild animal magnet.

How young is too young? 

Every kid is different so we don’t have any hard and fast age rules, but 6-years-old is a good age to start thinking about it. If you aren’t sure if one of your kids is old enough, use the hatchet test. Simply stated, if you asked your child not to play with a hatchet that's lying on the ground, would they obey even if you weren’t around? If the answer is yes, bring ’em. If the answer is no, then save them a finger or two and leave them at home.

FWIW, most of the kids fall in the 7-13 range, but there are several older and younger savages.

Will we have cell reception?

Maybe, maybe not—which is a good thing. It’s hard to stay plugged-in to your work emails when you have zero bars and a dead battery. In turn, that makes it easier to plug into everybody else.

Will Google Maps or GPS work?

As cell coverage drops off, Google Maps might eventually stop working, but a GPS unit should still work. Make sure to print off directions and maps. You gotta get old school.

So, how will my wife get a hold of me?

She likely won't be able to.

Serious?

Yep.

 

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Ready?


Are you in?

If you were invited to the Brink, it means that someone really likes you. It also means that you should come.

Ready?


Are you in?

If you were invited to the Brink, it means that someone really likes you. It also means that you should come.

 

To reserve your spot at the Brink or ask questions, email Chris Erickson and he’ll help you sort it out. A $50 deposit is required and your full amount is due by June 1, 2019.

 
 
 

Photo credits    Gabe Rodriguez