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Photos from Paonia

Keshet, Participant

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Photos from adventures in Paonia! Everything from permaculture design to earthships to alternative local currency that supports local farmers.

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Creating a Contract with Land

Samantha Bateman, Participant

I was raised atheist, but when I was little I used to recite my gratitudes, concluded with “Thank you, God.” I was never sure about the idea of God Himself, per se, but I didn’t know whom, or what, else to thank. Eventually, I gave......Read More

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My teacher, sleeping pad

Kate, Participant

(Written on the trek) Our first night of snow was a tough one. In the morning, a large portion of my things were cold and wet… including my sleeping pad. Thinking myself to be smart and proactive, once the snow stopped I pin my sleeping pad......Read More

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Changes in the Backcountry

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the months leading up to this trip, I spent a lot of time aimlessly wondering what it would be like. I tried to imagine myself in the mountains while I sat in my bedroom, never having spent so much time outside before. Overthinking isn’t......Read More

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A poem about our Chief’s Head hike

Annabelle, Participant

Why Do We Climb?   why do we climb? with light packs and sun-kissed hair we feel like we could walk on air as we start our day-long hike.   why do we climb? with a group we smile and talk as faster we begin to walk the mountain is now in......Read More

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My Apachetas

Bailey Walker, Participant

Yak of the Week

In order to cross the Continental Divide and officially enter the Colorado River Basin, we went over Boulder-Grand pass within Rocky Mountain National Park. Moving slowly through this space that provides water for so many, including myself in......Read More

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Walking into Fall

Keshet, Participant

Hi friends and family! here are a few more photos from our walk to the Colorado River headwaters. We have officially walked into fall, over the divide – and we’re greeted with the fluttering glowing aspens. The students have had time to......Read More

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They Finished the Trek!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Today I met the group in Grand Lake near the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park where the group came out of the wilderness. The group was all smiles after an incredible trek and some long days on the trail. I brought the group their......Read More

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Photos from the trek

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

One of our administrators hiked in to Rocky Mountain National Park to meet the group with their resupply rations yesterday. He took some photos of the group and the amazing country they are hiking through. Enjoy! -Dave...Read More

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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