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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

Rio Grande Semester

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Group in route to Buena Vista!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Hi Everyone, The group successfully finished their trek last night and camped at the trailhead located about 2 hours from the nearest town of Saguache, CO. After only being available via SAT phone this past week, they returned to phone service this......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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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

Colorado River Basin Semester

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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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Boulder time and trekking updates

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Family and Friends, The group is now making their way by foot through the La Garita Wilderness area, near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.  We have been receiving satellite phone updates from the instructors as they make their way over......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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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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Pictures!

Instructor Team, Participant

Greetings from almost a week into our program! We’re excitedly, thoughtfully, and enthusiastically diving into content and activities, with long days, thought-provoking discussions, and great meals.   Here are some photos, curated by......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

Rio Grande Semester

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An Update from Boulder!

Anna & Lorelei, Participant

Anna: Hiya! Writing you from sunny Boulder Colorado where we have been starting our prep for our upcoming trek and collecting some last minute stuff. This upcoming days will be full of speakers, in person and over zoom, as well as exploring downtown......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

Rio Grande Semester

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We went on a hike

Lorelei and Anna, Participant

Hi everyone. Anna and I (Lorelei) are in charge of the Yak board this week, so we’re gonna lay down some facts for you guys. We’re staying at this insane house in Fraser. We’ve been eating some scrumptious food like the bacon that......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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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

Colorado River Basin Semester

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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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Day 1

Instructor Team, Participant

Our first full day together has been full of getting to know each other and becoming familiar with the places we’ll be visiting this semester. Our beautiful orientation site here in rural Fraser has given us lots of space to have a fun and safe......Read More

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And they’re off!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

And like that, the group is off for the start of the Rio Grande Semester! It was a smooth travel day to Denver/Boulder, which allowed the group to load up their 2 vehicles on time and head to the mountains at 3:30pm MST for their group orientation.......Read More