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Hi all! I am so excited to meet all of you so soon! My name is Maddy Cooper and I’m from Vail, Colorado. I grew up in the mountains, so I spend a lot of my time skiing, hiking, camping, or something of the sort. In high school I played soccer and skied for the big mountain telemark team, and I was part of theater for a bit. I really like to go to concerts down at red rocks when I can, but I also like to chill and watch movies or cook with friends- I’m a huge foodie. I love to travel and have spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, but never really had the chance to go to South America before. I’m super excited to explore a new part of the world and make this apart of my gap year!

After Dragons I am planning on working as a lifty or an intern in the winter and a raft guide in the summer with a trip to Europe for a workaway in April. After that, I am headed off to California for college where I am an undecided major thinking of going into film, writing, or bio. I’m hoping this gap year will give me some time to figure that out and meet some awesome people along the way. If you want to get connected before the trip or see more pictures, my Instagram is maddy_coops. Can’t wait 🙂