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A cold dip in the Rio!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

The RGS-B orientation is off to a great start in Big Bend! A few especially brave and hearty souls even dipped into the very cold Rio Grande waters adjacent to their campsite and just a short & cold swim to Mexico! The group does not have......Read More

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The Group Is Finally Together!

The Instructors, Participant

The group has arrived in El Paso safe and sound, if just a little tired from the day of travel. We’ll be heading to our campsite for an overnight en route to Big Bend, Texas to begin our orientation! We’re so excited to begin this time together....Read More

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Hi

Charlie, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Charlie and I am very excited for our adventure together in the Southwest! I enjoy spending time with my hilarious puppy, Frida, who has tons of energy. I also love to travel and eat dark chocolate. I’m eager to learn more......Read More

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Hello!

Josephine, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Josephine! A little bit about me: my pronouns are she/her, I’m from New Jersey, I have a cat (who I made sure to include in my photo), and I love reading, listening to music, coffee, and nature. I spent the first half of......Read More

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Participant

Willow, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m hype to meet y’all. Currently I am in New Orleans making my way to El Paso from Brooklyn, New York. I love hiking and take long hiking trips often but I am really excited to explore a new part of the country and make some great......Read More

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hi

Celie, Participant

Hey guys, my name is Celie, which is pronounced like the mattress (Sealy). I’m sure I’ll live to regret making this reference. Our adventure together will take up the spring portion of my gap year, and I cannot wait to dig into some......Read More

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Introduction

Nate Reddy, Participant

Hey everybody! My name is Nate, Im 17 years old and I’m from a small town in Ohio called Monclova. I would first like to say that I am incredibly excited to meet you all. I love meeting new people and already this seems like a fantastic group......Read More

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Intro

Natalie, Participant

Hi all! My name is Natalie and currently I am enjoying the warm weather in Florida, counting down the days until our trip. I love spending time in the outdoors, swimming, hiking or bicycling anywhere with a view. I’ve never traveled in the......Read More

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Hello!

Jack Jones, Participant

What’s up everybody! My name is Jack and I am from Arlington, Virginia. I play baseball and I also enjoy cuddling with my two dogs at home! I’m also a super huge fan of the beach and love to spend most my summer days there. This will be my first......Read More

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Less than one week out!

The instructors, Participant

¡Hola Dragons Rio! We instructors are in Apache Junction, Arizona getting final things together to meet you so soon! We are so excited! Behind us are the Superstition Mountains and eclectic cacti. Hopefully you have been able to complete your pre......Read More

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Hello

Jacob, Participant

Hello, future comrades! I’m 18 years old and live in Las Vegas, NV. My most-played Spotify artist of 2020 is Charli XCX, my favorite podcast is Chapo Trap House, my favorite website is wikipedia.org, and my favorite video game is Geoguessr.......Read More

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Your Arrival Instructions

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Rio Grande B Students, Wow, just a few more days before you’re all together in Texas! We’re writing to let you know the plan for your arrival at El Paso Airport. After you exit the plane, proceed to the baggage claim located on the......Read More

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Intro!

Eli, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Eli, and I’m super excited for the weeks ahead together! I’m ready for this chance to step away from the big cities I’m used to and the technology I rely on while embracing the feeling that I get only in the......Read More

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Quick intro

Elle Morris-Benedict, Participant

Hi I’m Elle! I’m from Durham NC and love backpacking! I spent my last semester at the Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest NC where I gained a lot more knowledge and love of the wilderness. I have two older sisters who I am super close to and am an......Read More

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Greetings!

Serena, Participant

Hi! I’m Serena Jampel, and I’m so excited to meet you all! I can’t believe that in just over a week we will embark on our big adventure! Some facts about me: I use she/her pronouns, I am an East Coast gal (absolutely a core tenet of my......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group B

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How to Pack Your Backpack Tips (Video)

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Hi Everyone, Rio Grande Semester (A) instructor, Maddie, recently made this short instructional video about how to pack a backpack for a Dragons semester. Maddie has covered literally thousands of miles on foot as a thru-hiker, so her packing tips......Read More