Conversation Starter Questions for the Trail

We had a fun conversation starter brainstorm session at our recent Wilderness Ministry Institute guide training in Colorado. Here is a list of some of the meal questions people came up with for trail conversations:


·      What is your favorite animal noise and make it?

·      What would be your super power (can’t be flying)?

·      If you had a one-way ticket to anywhere, where would it be and why?

·      Explain your last bowel movement in a movie title.

·      What’s your secret passion?


·      If you were ruler of the world what would be your first decree?

·      What do you think people’s biggest misconception of you is?

·      When was the last time you felt loved?

·      What’s one of the most courageous things you’ve done?

·      What makes you get up in the morning?

·      What’s the closest you’ve ever been to death?

·      What’s something you fear?

·      What’s something you regret?

·      What’s something you want to change?

·      What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?

·      If you could make three phones call to tell someone you love them, to tell someone your sorry, to tell someone you miss them, who would these people be and why?

·      What would you want written on your tombstone?

·      If you could name your auto-biography what would it be? 

Here are a bunch more questions for your guide manual or trail journal:

165 Conversation Starter Questions for Outdoor Ministry

What is the most common misconception people have of you?


This is the best meal question I’ve heard in a while that sparked some great conversation in my small group. Thanks Adam for asking it! Please share below what’s the best conversation starter question you’ve heard lately?


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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About You | A Conversation Starter

Like a familiar path you’ve have hiked many times, relationships can sometimes become too familiar. Even people we have known for a long time have mysteries and surprises just waiting to be discovered.

On the familiar paths we need to slow down and notice the details. Surprises and joy awaits those who look deeper into the detail.

Next time you are on an outing with a friend, SUPing, hiking, biking… try this conversation starter: “Tell me something I don’t know about you.” Be prepared to answer the same question when it boomerangs back to you.

This Fall some Colorado Christian University students went backpacking over the Four Pass Loop near Maroon Bells in the Snowmass Wilderness. This video is full of great wilderness quotes from the Bible that will inspire and encourage you. Jim Doenges, the director of CCU’s Outdoor Leadership Program is providing students with the skills to lead others outdoors as well as the experience to understand their need for solitude with Jesus in the outdoors.

The 50th Celebration of the Wilderness Act of 64 is this year! A lesser known fact is that Howard Zahniser, who penned the Wilderness Act that set aside wilderness areas for every American, was profoundly inspired by his faith in Christ:

His sense of community was also rooted in his Christian upbringing. Though he had drifted away from Free Methodism by the 1950s and did not belong to any particular denomination, he did remain a Christian, devoted to Christian tenets of stewardship toward the earth. -Mark W. T Harvey, William Cronon

Many of the phrases Howard Zahniser used throughout the law give indication of his love for God, who created the earth. He talks frequently and eloquently about the biblical idea of stewardship. For example, he wrote:

A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.

Here is the text of the Wilderness Act of 1964 written by Howard Zahniser

Download the PDF file .

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM) – Wilderness Ministry Video

I recently was reflecting on the need for more compelling videos on wilderness ministry to help people see the value in taking off a few days to encounter Jesus in the wilderness. I wrote this post: A Friendly (and desperately needed) Outdoor Ministry Video Competition, and SROM took me up on it. Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is one of the organizations on my Recommended Outdoor Programs List and they have produced a short video that has some great footage you may want to check out. Enjoy!