Summer Term 2014: Second Expedition

The shy sun began to rise over the horizon as expedition Group A scaled the base of Mt. Massive. It was our group’s 5th day on expedition, and it started very early: one of the leaders for that day had to wake everyone up at 3:30am in order to begin hiking around 4:15. We started the hike up a steep section of Mt. Massive’s base, and the lights of Leadville twinkled in the distance as we relied on our headlamps to step in the right area. The moment when our whole group turned around at one of our first summits was an incredibly inspiring moment. The sense of comradery borne from being some of the few people motivated enough to climb a 14,000 foot mountain at 4:30 in the morning was unbelievable. Moments like these made the expedition some of the most memorable few days of our lives.

After sleeping under the stars in a portaledgeGroup B was prepared for the main rock climbing day on day 3.  We spent the day defeating the hardest climbs we had ever attempted in our lives. Despite the pain and fatigue, we couldn’t help thinking: “wow, we are pretty cool.” It was so empowering and exhausting that it reminded us that we are living on the planet and not simply surviving. Through every day of 2nd expedition, from the little to big moments, every experience was memorable. Every second we were comfortable, we were having fun; every second we weren’t, we were learning from our mistakes. Group B’s second expedition was also filled with many unforgettable memories. On day three, we started off the expedition by summiting Mt. Massive, which is the 3rdhighest peak in the continental United States! At the top of the mountain, many of us celebrated by “kicking a Snick,” or triumphantly eating a Snickers bar at 14,428ft. In addition, the group spent some days fly fishing in Virginia Lake and Hagerman Lake. We even caught fish that we cooked for dinner! Every day, the group would stay hydrated by what we call “slammin’ lits” or drinking liters of water. One night, two students led a star class in which we learned about various constellations and how to identify different stars. One of the main highlights of expedition was rock climbing. At the campsite where we rock climbed, all of the students had the opportunity to sleep in a portaledge, which for many of us, was a very new experience. On the final full day, we celebrated Rainer’s birthday! That night, we surprised the birthday boy with a plethora of desserts, including chocolate cake, brownies, and cookies, all cooked by students and instructors over WhisperLite stoves. We also had the chance to hike on the Continental Divide, and the view from the top was beyond amazing! Throughout the entire expedition all of us got to practice our communication and leadership skills that we had learned earlier in the summer in order to work most effectively as a team.  One of the most incredible parts of the expedition was supporting one another in achieving our SMART goals (goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, a Reach, and have a defined Timeframe for achievement). Lastly, we all got the chance to improve and show-off our strongly improved outdoor skills from first expedition. The supportive, fun, and challenging environment of second expedition is something we will draw strength from for a very long time.

Group C also had an amazing expedition, with one day that stood out in particular: we woke up at 6am to make breakfast, pack our backpacks, and meet the whole group at 8:30 am. It was Christmas in July! A small pine tree was decorated with tangerine peels and there were presents for everyone under the tree. Santa had written a poem for us and the line that most stood out was: “Remember all those times you said you wanted to quit? Look at you now, you are totally doing it!” We had been told that it was going to be a long day, but that it was going to be beautiful. We started off by going over a ridge from where we could see the whole Arkansas River valley; it was stunning. Later we got to a lake and from there we had to go down a very steep drainage. We got to the end of the steep part and got into a boulder field we called “the maze”. It took us an hour and thirty minutes to get out of it. After the maze we had to get to a lake and go over a ridge to get to where we were going to meet Chris. However, en route, we were held up by a thunderstorm which halted our travel temporarily. When the storm was over we started singing and dancing to get warm, and a beautiful rainbow came out. An hour later we got to our campsite. All told, it was an 11-hour hike. Although it was a really hard day, our positive attitudes and the fun games we played all day long made it one of the very best ones of the trip.

We are all grateful to be reunited on HMI’s campus, and though we are sad to be leaving this wonderful place soon, we are trying to make the most of our final few days here and continue to live in the present moment.

Leave A Reply

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

well being cbd gummies shark tank 3 chi cbd gummies naysa cbd gummies is dr charles stanley selling cbd gummies what are the side effects of cbd gummies just cbd gummies groupon cbd gummies that get you high just cbd gummies quantity true origin social cbd gummies 150 mg of cbd gummies cbd gummies iris does cbd gummies cure diabetes i cbd gummies legal best cbd gummies for migraine cbd gummies high potency 712 where to buy iris cbd gummies swanson cbd gummies cheyenne wy cbd chill gummies chill plus how to make gummies with cbd where to buy lord jones cbd gummies cbd gummies for schizophrenia cbd gummies myrtle beach sc cbd day gummies what is cbd gummy worms what kind of cbd gummies are good for stress cbd gummies des moines iowa cbd gummy heart racing sale on cbd gummies near me sleep cbd gummy what does cbd chill gummies do

real weight loss pills that work nuvigil weight loss weight loss pills harmful effects us laws regulating weight loss drugs vitamin pills good for weight loss red soda weight loss weight loss pills that start with v new diet pills golo weight loss do i have to walk fast to lose weight lyte advanced keto pills reviews pills that expand for weight loss boot camp diet pills weight loss medication prescribed online keto diet how much weight loss strongest and safest weight loss pills does throwing up help lose weight fast pills for weight loss gnc lose weight fast diet chart watermelon diet weight loss fda weight loss drugs walmart weight loss pills reviews how to actually lose belly fat weight loss vitamin supplements mens exercise to lose belly fat best fat burning pills for bodybuilders what is the best detox to lose belly fat reviews for keto ultra diet pills what foods should i cut out to lose belly fat best diet to lose weight fast for women

best rated blood pressure medication will blood pressure meds cause cancer mylan blood pressure medication recall does blood pressure meds put on weight faa approved high blood pressure medication iv raising blood pressure drugs why does blood pressure medicine make me tired back on blood pressure medication can i take viagra and blood pressure medicine diltiazem blood pressure medicine 300 mg blood pressure medicine and kidney stones different high blood pressure medications which blood pressure medications affect systolic blood pressure medications disequilibrium blood pressure medication for asthma hight blood pressure pills blood pressure medication and alka seltzer cold taking blood pressure medicine in 30s what is the medication for high blood pressure i ran out of my blood pressure medicine medication for blood pressure with lupus blood pressure medicine causes postnasal drip blood pressure meds and incontinence low cost blood pressure medicine high blood pressure pills exforge blood pressure meds cugh blood pressure pills when are they needed skip blood pressure medication stroke risk antihypertensive drugs for blood pressure can blood pressure meds effect immunoglobulin igm

blood sugar reduction medicine diabetes meds that dont cause hypoglycemia astatin diabetes medicine diabetes 1 naturopathic medications list should i try type 2 diabetes medicine medication to lower blood sugar quickly emergency cholesterol medicine cause diabetes diabetes medication treatments diabetes medications for kids what to do to control diabetes compliance to diabetes medication using fiber pills to manage blood sugar diabetes type 2 medication treatment plan new diabetes drug once a week injection ed diabetes type 2 metformin medication diabetes medication help nc what kind of pills can you take for diabetes diabetes medication costs compared are pills used for type 2 diabetes safe ckd with diabetes medication type 1 diabetic needs cold medicine how to lower a1c type 1 diabetic medication pregnancy gestational diabetes medication hyperlipidemia drugs used with diabetic patients jardine diabetes pills how to avoid medication for diabetes bf 76 diabetic and uses many drugs for impotence diabetes medication with insulin what is a good homemade medicine for diabetes

gold swag male enhancement pills sex drive pills walmart free male enhancement pills free shipping gold lion male enhancement pills most effective penis enlargement pills maximum k10 male enhancement pills how to make your man last longer in bed naturally free no credit card penis enlargement pills erection disorder pills gnc penis enlargement pills size how to keep erection without pills sex pills wholesale usa erection over the counter pills wal mart best enhanced pills for ed in the market free samples erection pills kaboom sex pills over 60 erectile dysfunction pills south africa maxman 4 male enhancement pills how to make your penis bigger in a week do you want penile erection pills vine how to increase penis size home remedy best amazon erection pills best pills for ed male enhancement pills philippines ed pills free trials how to last longer in sex tutorial lsd and ed pills best sex pills on ebay xzen penis pills big penis male enhancement pills