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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

What’s up guys!

Hello, my name is Andrew Blackburn and I live outside of Boston. I am currently taking a gap year before I go to Vassar College. Last semester I did an 80 day NOLS course in the Pacific Northwest which gave me a lot of experience in the outdoors. I have always loved being outside whether I am running, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and most other things. I wanted to get a backcountry trip which is why I chose this course. I love roughing it in the middle of nowhere, getting lost off trail, enjoying the random unexpected moments.

I’m really pumped to be in a small group again soon and just enjoy having the opportunity to travel like this. Can’t wait to meet you all!