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Pre-course Assignment!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Dearest Dragons, With just a weeks until we meet up in Boulder, we have a collection of small assignments for you. We invite you to engage in the themes we’re going to be learning about so that we’re all on the same page and super excited when......Read More

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Packing Tips

Instructor Team, Instructor

Dearest Dragons, This is the point when most students are deep in the packing list, picking apart details, so we thought it would be a great time to post a quick note about gear. We encourage traveling light, which can mean three things: simplicity,......Read More

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Hello from Maddie!

Maddie Melton, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie Melton and I am so honored and excited to share in this Dragons adventure with you this semester as one of your instructors! I grew up near Washington D.C., but “home” has been a fluid and evolving state for many......Read More

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Hello :)

Kate, Participant

Hey! My name is Kate and I’m so stoked to be joining you all this fall. I’m 19, from Los Angeles, and I’m (theoretically) supposed to be a sophomore at Brown University. I’m currently concentrating in the History of Art and......Read More

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Hi everyone!

Annabelle Wyman, Participant

My name is Annabelle and I’m super excited to meet you all in a couple of weeks. I’m from Westport, CT, and will be attending Middlebury College in February (COVID permitting of course). This is my first time doing a backpacking trip......Read More

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Voting While on Course

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Students and Family,  Many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In many areas of the world where we work voter enfranchisement is a right......Read More

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Virtual hello from your instructor!

Keshet Miller, Participant

Hello everyone! Welcome to the yak board – a space where we will be posting our questions, reflections, photos, etc. for the next few months. Even though we have not yet met, I already feel deeply connected to each one of you. To decide to engage......Read More

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A Welcome Note From Your Instructor

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Fellow Traveler, Imagine yourself sitting on the banks of a mighty and muddy river, your toes dipped into the cold water. Upstream loom the sheer rocky peaks of the high Rockies, the last of their glaciers melting into the river. Downstream......Read More

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Welcome to the Yak Board from your Program...

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello friends, family, and fellow travelers, I want to extend the warmest welcome to you for your fall 2020 semester in the Southwestern United States! My name is David Haffeman and I will be your Program Director for the Colorado River Basin......Read More

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Welcome to the Yak Board from your Program...

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello friends, family, and fellow travelers, I want to extend the warmest welcome to you for your fall 2020 semester in the Southwestern United States! My name is Dave Haffeman and I will be your Program Director for the Rio Grande Semester. In this......Read More