- Summer Term
- Apprentice Program
- High Peaks Adventure
- Adult Programs
- Educators Expedition
- Lake County Backpacking Trip
My time at HMI has been wild and adventurous. I have made friends, created memories, pushed myself, expanded my limits, and tried all sorts of new activities. I truly wish that everyone could receive the opportunity to become a part of such an amazing community.
Summer in the HMI cabins means lounging on the decks, setting up hammocks, gathering around the woodstove on a cool night, and making a close community of friends. Each single-sex cabin houses 7-10 students, uses solar-powered lighting, and has plenty of space for your summer belongings. While you spend much of your time out enjoying the Colorado summer, your evenings in your cabin will be a favorite memory.
Every student will be in a group with 3-5 of their peers and a faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will meet with you individually as well as in a group setting. Advisors quickly become friends as you discuss academics, wilderness, personal philosophies, and more.
After classes are over for the day, sample some of Colorado’s best known sports. We’ll offer you the chance to sample activities such as learning to fly fish in a beautiful high alpine stream, trail running on local single-track, or going rock climbing or bouldering at Hagerman Pass.
On one of our days off, head to the river to experience the thrills of whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River.
Summer Term activities are an excellent way to relax and enjoy the best of a Colorado summer. Instruction is provided and all experience levels are welcome to participate.
Typical Day on Campus
Typical Day on Campus
7:25 AMX (morning exercise): Ultimate Frisbee on the HMI fields below Turquoise Lake
8:00 Breakfast: Homemade cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola
8:30 Chores: Tidy up the Library and wipe down the white boards for class later
9:00 Sense of Place: Visit a mine from the 1880s that the EPA has remediated and test the acidity of the former mine’s run-off in a nearby stream.
12:00 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic of tailor-made sandwiches, chips, and vegetables in a grove of aspens
1:00 Practices & Principles: Discuss the ethics of hunting in a round-table format
2:30 Rock Climbing: Try a new climbing route at Twin Lakes, not far from where you had a journaling activity earlier in the week
5:30 Free Time: Play a pick-up game of basketball, catch up on e-mails, or simply relax in the afternoon sun
6:00 Dinner: Hamburgers, veggie burgers, sweet potato fries, and salad made by four of your classmates
7:30 Study Time: Read an excerpt from Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run to discuss the rise of ultrarunning in Leadville during class tomorrow
9:15 Free Time: Play a game of washers as the sun sets over Mt. Massive
10:00 Cabin: Relax with your cabin mates and play the new song you learned on the guitar for everyone