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Vertical Playpen

Summary: Join the staff at High 5 as they explore the many components of Adventure and Experiential education. High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping individuals, teams, schools, communities and businesses improve the way they live, learn and work together. Connect with us at

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 Gathering Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:59

The Training team give takeaways from their first in-person trainings while using COVID-19 protocols and discuss what participants can expect from attending our new workshop "Gathering Again - Adventure Activities with Physical Distance".

 Rohan Shahani - Challenge Works | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:39

Rohan (Director of Training) joins Phil to discuss the importance of asking "why?", his role on the Board of ACCT and variations on traditional low elements. Check out Challenge Works -

 Creating Conversations that Matter | Chad Littlefield | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:18

Chad joined Phil (via Zoom) to talk about being a collaborator instead of a consumer, ways to maximize your use of We! Connect Cards, and his tips for creating conversations that matter. Find out more about Chad and his work here:

 Rich Klajnscek - Sea Fox Consulting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:16

Rich joins guest host and longtime friend Chris Damboise as they discuss meeting in the early 90's, the creation of ACCT and the standards and making a career out of working on Challenge Courses. Connect with Rich -

 Leadership and COVID-19 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:30

Jim, Ryan, Anne Louise, Rich and Phil discuss what traits and behaviors great leaders possess, how they teach their students about leadership and how they, as facilitators, aim to get groups in the same physical space again once the COVID-19 challenge diminishes.

 Professional Sports Leadership | Geoff Ward | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:40

Geoff (Interim Head Coach, Calgary Flames) joins Phil and Jim in a discussion about his connection to High 5, how he defines his leadership style and why connection and empowerment have been an integral part of his team's seasons and successes.

 Happy 50th Episode! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:22

We made it to 50 episodes! Wahoo! In honor of this achievement we have a special episode recorded where Phil gets interviewed by Rich and you get to enjoy a compilation of recorded Dad Jokes. Thanks for all of your support. Enjoy!

 Alex Moore and Kevin Trump - Synergo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:23

Alex and Kevin, Director of Training and Training Manager at Synergo, join Phil, while at the ACCT conference, for a conversation all about their passion for teaching others and challenge course programming. Check out more about Synergo at

 Chris Ortiz - Shaver's Creek Environmental Center | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:47

Chris sits down with Phil at the ACCT Conference to talk about his start in the industry, his advice for emerging professionals and the importance of making connections. Plus, a few dad jokes make their way into the conversation.

 VERTICAL PLAYPEN - New Name, Same Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:29

New Name - Same Podcast. This is a short explanation on our name change. Welcome to Vertical Playpen. New episodes every 2 weeks.

 Greg Urban - Project Adventure | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:18

Greg visits the High 5 offices to chat with Lisa about the connection between music and adventure, introducing people to boardgames and being willing to travel long distances to find work that you love.

 Ending a Program/Workshop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:54

The Training Team (Phil, Rich, Chris and Lisa) discuss how they end a program or workshop with a group. Saying goodbye, closing activities and when to reflect with the group.

 Beginning a Program/Workshop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:38

The Training Team (Phil, Rich, Chris and Lisa) discuss how they start a program or workshop with a group. Activities that set the tone, strategies to connect with the group early on and coping with awkward silences.

 Jeff Dutko and Arlette Cassidy - Gengras Center | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:34

Jeff and Arlette from the Gengras Center in West Hartford, CT sat down with their good friend and our Trainer Rich Keegan to talk and reminisce about their incredible work at Gengras and their experience using a challenge course and experiential education. 

 Trainer Tips - P-cord | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:02

In this episode of Trainer Tips, Phil and Rich spend 15 minutes discussing tips for managing p-cords on challenge courses. Topics include, replacing the rope, stacking them out of the way and appropriate p-cord length.


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