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During HMI Gap, an 80-day journey through the American West and Patagonia, students pursue outdoor adventures, explore pressing environmental issues in the lands they visit, and gain real-world experience effecting positive change in the conservation field. The semester integrates an extensive wilderness and rock climbing curriculum with environmental service learning. Students explore these elements in three different course sections: the Wilderness Expedition, Moab Basecamp, and Patagonia Expedition. Through honing their outdoor skills, positively contributing to conservation efforts, and living with a tight-knit group of their peers, students develop important life skills, intellectual maturity, effective leadership, and an ethic of stewardship for the places they value.

A Typical Day on the Wilderness Expedition

A Typical Day in Moab

A Typical Day in Patagonia