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On to the western slope!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

The group has safely crossed over the Boulder-Grand pass and the Continental Divide to the western slope and the official headwaters of the Colorado River! They are now making their way through the North Inlet of Rocky Mountain National Park. The......Read More

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Stay tuned!

Miriam, Dragons Admin

We’ve just learned that the subscription feature for the Yak Board isn’t functioning properly, but rest assured that we’re working on it and should have a fix soon. Thanks for your patience!...Read More

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All is Well in Rocky Mountain National Park!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

After an early season snowfall and a wintery first day of the trek, the weather in Colorado has been sunny and beautiful. I have been sharing satellite messages with the instructors every day and they report that all is well and the group is happy......Read More

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And They’re Off!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, After a few days of waiting out the storm in Boulder, the skies have cleared and the forecast looks beautiful. The mountains are coated in a fresh layer of late summer snow highlighting the first touches of fall color on the......Read More

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Reflecting on My Relationships with the Land

Samantha Bateman, Participant

Yak of the Week

This week, while listening to our knowledgeable guest speakers, engaging in discussions with my peers and leaders, and reflecting on those words while hiking through the mountains that frame the edge of Boulder, I’ve been thinking about my......Read More

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Our first hike

Annabelle Wyman, Participant

Prior to the snow that rolled in on Tuesday, we were gifted the opportunity of our first hike large hike in the Boulder area. We awoke with the sun and began our hike from NCAR at 7:30. For the first couple of hours, we walked along Mesa trail......Read More

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Nuance in Water Stewardship

Madeleine Verity, Participant

In the past week, we’ve been grateful to hear from several authoritative perspectives on the status of the environment in Colorado and the West. Before flying out to Boulder, I had a few righteous opinions on water use and how it should be......Read More

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A Few Extra Days

Gavin Roddy, Participant

Unfortunately, the cold front that came through last night has forced us to stay in Boulder a few extra days. Although I was super excited to leave on Monday, this extra time together in the house has given us the opportunity to grow even closer......Read More

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Some Thoughts

Lucas Sirovich, Participant

The first week plus has been eventful. Our stay in Boulder was filled with bonding, excitement, and adventure, although we embark on our main adventure tomorrow. I have already learned a lot about life in the west; the indigenous people’s......Read More

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Snow day and new backpacking departure

Instructor team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

With the snow falling, and temps dropping we huddled indoors today for the first time since becoming a pod. It is hard to believe that just yesterday we were hiking in 90 degree temps – and suddenly winter has arrived! Today was filled with......Read More

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New Itinerary Plans!

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Hello family and friends, As some of you may have seen, watching the current weather in Colorado has been quite surprising! An early snow/winter storm is coming through the region today and into tomorrow – and therefore we have changed our......Read More

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Food awareness

Bailey, Participant

This first week in Boulder has put me face to face with something I am constantly separated from, my food. I came on this trip enthusiastic to learn more and familiar with how water has impacted my life through recreation, but fundamentally......Read More

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We are all eyes of our own world

Kate, Participant

The first few days in Boulder have been hot, busy, and wonderful. We’ve spent time talking to a lot of different people with different perspectives on the land and water. From the last Arapahoe woman in Boulder to a water manager at a nearby......Read More

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Birthdays, bikes, and beets!

Keshet Miller, Participant

Today was a super filled day. We traveled by bike, harvested lots of food from Sunbeam farm (yes, lots and lots of beets), and celebrated Bailey’s birthday! We’ve been diving into topics of food today – thinking more critically about where......Read More