In addition to being a lot of fun and adventure, outdoor experiential learning accelerates leadership and management development (i.e. it is smart business.)
The following article is Harvard Business Reviews take on the topic. John Gans, the author, knows more than a bit about the subject – he runs the National Outdoor Leadeship School (NOLS).
I’m a NOLS alumni, so please forgive a little bias on my end. Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership – accelerating the global ripple.