Summer Term 2014: First Expedition

Hello family, hello friends. Yes, we’re back from our first expedition. Yes, it was amazing. Yes, we know we haven’t called yet. Let’s start off with some of the basics. First expedition began three days after our arrival to HMI. After having packed astonishing amounts of food into our packs (about 15 pounds per group member) we started out at our trailhead ready and rarin’ to go, only to quickly remember that we still were not acclimated to the altitude. After huffing, puffing, and momentarily wondering whether we had bitten off more than we could chew, we embarked on our 10 day excursion. We gained 1,000 feet of elevation in just the first three hours of our trip, and needless to say we were all looking forward to getting into our tents by the end of the day. At the beginning of our trip, our instructors held several classes to teach us how to use our equipment, how to read and use a map, how to communicate effectively, and how to cook amazing food in the backcountry (like pizza!). We were able to learn new skills and refine those that we already had.


Some highlights from the expedition include an attempt at making ramen the first day (read: a recipe that  normally takes 5 minutes for a starving college student to whip up took four cold and hungry teenagers a decent hour and 45 minutes to make), napping atop the 13,209 foot summit of Homestake Peak at 7:00 AM (it was a challenge to get to the top, even without our heavy packs, but it was worth it. The view was amazing and we were on the highest peak in the area), and a 10 hour day on the trail that ended not in bleeding feet and unrestricted complaining but delirious happiness and boisterous singing, a true testament to the close-knit relationships we had built and amazing work ethic from all members of the group. Other highlights included summiting Buckeye Peak, celebrating a birthday with backcountry cake, and even making backcountry ice cream! Spending the Fourth of July in the mountains was one of the greatest experiences imaginable. Sitting down on a slope high up in the mountains and watching the fireworks from a new view was riveting. Singing our national anthem then sitting in silence while embracing one another will go down in the history books.  It was a challenge to live for ten days in the backcountry, carrying heavy backpacks and practicing our navigation skills, but we laughed every day and learned a lot by stepping out of our comfort zones.

After completing the first expedition, students returned back onto campus with smiles all around, sharing stories of long days, and delicious backcountry meals. The Summer Term 2014ers are passionate, outgoing, and loud, and although it’s exciting to be back on HMI’s campus (and back among creature comforts) part of us will probably always miss that time where we were among priceless natural beauty and friends at the same time, where we had staring contests with herds of mountain goats at 12,000 feet, where we sprawled out like cats to dry in the sun after splashing in a frigid alpine lake, where we choked on our granola because we were laughing so hard. But that part of us has second expedition to look forward to at the end of these next two action-packed weeks on campus.  For now, we are ready to dive into the activities of the next several days: classes, singing at the top of our lungs during chores, rafting, rock climbing, fly fishing, and simply enjoying one another’s company.

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

saffron extract weight loss pills nidora diet pills weight loss pills that start with a p liquid diet to lose belly fat medical weight loss pills that work joe thomas weight loss whats a good over the counter weight loss pills keto rapid weight loss pills sue serio weight loss purefit keto weight loss pills reviews how to lose weight fast in a month with exercise compare weight loss pills does ace diet pills work gnc release diet pills hcg diet plan pills does a fast metabolism help lose weight fast weight lose plan thyroid weight loss supplements jodie marsh fat burning pills fiber foods to lose belly fat cost of luxury lean fat burning pills all natural supplements for weight loss what drugs inhibit weight loss penril weight loss medication supplements that support weight loss vitamin b12 pills benefits weight loss does jillian michaels fat burner pills work snacks to lose belly fat cant lose belly fat no matter what lipro diet pills for sale

plus cbd gummies review ignite isolate cbd gummies cherry happy hemp cbd gummies dosage best 300 mg cbd gummies pure cbd oil gummies las vegas cbd supplements in gummy form of this supplement cbd gummies staten island kentucky cbd pain gummy cbd gummies for asthma can you eat too many cbd gummies 30 cbd living gummies cbd melatonin gummies walmart who sells cbd gummies in oxford ohio smilz cbd gummy reviews using cbd gummies for adhd fact check 50 dollar cbd gummies theft does cbd gummies give you munchies cbd gummies for appetite stimulant diamond cbd gummies safe royal cbd oil or gummies live well daily full spectrum cbd gummies how long til effects of cbd gummy felt cbd gummies reviews reddit charlotte assurance cbd gummy bears wellness nutrition cbd gummies sera cbd miracle gummies gummy worms cbd gummies can i get a buzz from cbd gummies serenity cbd gummies charles stanley colorado cbd gummies online

bladder control meds and blood sugar keto lower blood sugar natural medicine for diabetes type 2 nerve pain tricare formulary lists for diabetes medicine cough medicine for diabetes and heart daily meds for diabetes diabetes medicine alerts over the counter meds for diabetic foot pain metformin diabetes medicine reviews fraxega diabetic meds typical diabetes medications herbs blood sugar control classes for diabetes medications oral diabetes drugs that cause hypoglycemia paquitizone diabetes medication diabetes medication that gets you high diabetes smc va medication management diabetic medications that end with pride what medication can cause diabetes remedies for high blood sugar different meds for type 1 or 2 diabetes any new diabetes a1c pills natural diabetes pills diabetes medicine basaglar what drugs in pill form help type 2 diabetes tgao diabetes medicine diabetic medications injection type 2 fda warning diabetes medicine control diabetes in hindi anti diabetes medications in the 1970s

male enhancement pills quick flow ed pills without prescription inventory male enhancement pills buy erection pills in york pennsylvania get free over the counter male enhancement pills are the generic ed pills from india safe virile male enhancement pills how to make your penis bigger in alternative way where to get sex pills best male enhancement pills without yohimbe how to last longer during sex in a day gas station sex pills reviews how to make manic panic dye last longer male sexual enhancement pills at walgreens damages of erection pills how to resolve ed without pills best pills for an erection how to grow your penis naturally reddit erection help pills vitality ed pills max performance erectile dysfunction pills male enhancement pills at cvsscore mens over the counter ed pills male taking breast enhancement pills ed pills for guys with high blood pressure are there actually pills that grow your penis ingredients in oxygenate pills for ed how to get husband to last longer in bed how to make your dick bigger instantly lester holt and male enhancement pills

nose bleeds and high blood pressure medication high blood pressure medication losartan 100 mg sinus medicine with high blood pressure can blood pressure medicine cause cloudy urine best juice to lower blood pressure blood pressure medicine recently recalled defective blood pressure medicine migraine medicine high blood pressure cold medicine when on high blood pressure pills can you stop blood pressure medicine blood pressure medicine used on hemgioma blood pressure meds no longer being prescribed types of blood pressure medications aha met blood pressure medication blood pressure medication bleeding gums lethal dose of blood pressure medicine curry and high blood pressure medication overdose blood pressure medication symptoms blood pressure medication and varicose veins blood pressure medications anxiety blood pressure medication and first class medical icd 10 high blood pressure medication do blood pressure meds cause a decrease in semen blood pressure medications starting with an b peer reviewed high blood pressure meds drugs that control blood pressure blood pressure meds given to dialysis patients 355 pill blood pressure medication can you od on blood pressure meds can you smoke while taking blood pressure pills