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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Pachamama Party

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

On the 27th all of us were standing on the back of a truck bed, holding the wooden slat walls for support as we lurched down the street, waving and calling !Hola! and Allianchu! as we passed onlookers, who stared up at us, our truckload of giddy......Read More

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My Hiking Realization

Briana, Participant

My mind was in overdrive, panicking. It warned me to stop. I could still turn back, I probably wouldn’t make it to the top anyway. I was thinking I just wasn’t quite cut out to do this, simply not enough. This was the state of my mind......Read More

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How to terrace a rice paddy

Micah LeMasters, Instructor

Yak of the Week

9-27-2017 Ranomafana, Madagasikara i. We walked out of the rainforest in the early afternoon. The difference from one side of an old rusty sign announcing the park boundaries to the other was stark and shocking. The cool air and subtle darkness of......Read More

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Cordillera Real Day by Day

Hugh, Participant

Hola Yak Board! We are back from an amazing trek in the Cordillera Real and have just moved into our homestays in El Alto.  I’ll give you a bit of a blow by blow of our five days of trekking. Day One: Left Sorata on foot.  Picked up some......Read More

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Our first trek!

Reilly, Participant

Buenas Dias from La Paz! We just got back from the most beautiful four day trek in La Cordela Real! We decided to stay an extra day in la Paz before our trek due to a minor salmonella outbreak within our group. We spent the day in a clinic to get......Read More

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Himalayas

Emma Buchta, Participant

Our tea house trek was challenging but incredible. The first day was had beautiful views of the rolling “hills” of the Kathmandu Valley, which seemed liked mountains to me. The clouds and smog covered the Himalayas which loomed just......Read More

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Teahouse Trekking!

Henry Coppolillo, Participant

Hi Everybody! This is Henry, writing from Dhulikhel where we arrived yesterday at the conclusion of our “warm up” or “Teahouse” Trek. We had an amazing three day, 48 km walk along the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. We were also......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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The not-so-mini trek

Lauren Cain, Participant

Our trekking adventure began with an early morning and a hot bus ride through the hectic, yet cultural city of Kathmandu. Despite traffic through the city, we passed the time playing games on the bus as we picked up and met our trekking leaders......Read More

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Hello from Zoe!

Zoe, Dragons Admin

Hello family, friends, and other Yak followers! Happy New Year to the Jews and happy day to everyone else! We hope everything is going well back home and miss you all so much! This is Zoe checking in from one of the most beautiful places I’ve......Read More

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A GUIDE TO FORCING YOUR BODY, AGAINST THE WILL OF...

Lily Hobbs, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

According to Merriam Webster a hike means to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise. Personally I’ve always had a bad association with hiking.  I always wondered where the fascination came from. Hiking was a source of anxiety for me, almost unconsciously. I would brush off the idea that it made me nervous, convincing myself that hiking just wasn’t my forte. However, In past three days my perspective has changed, due to some crucial tips and tricks I learned from myself and others. So here they are, things to remember. Brought to you by someone who previously had a… Read More

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The Mountains Lift Me Up

Lexi Neese, Participant

Yak of the Week

February 17th, 2015: After rising early, we made the four hour drive to Helambhu, a sacred beyul in the Himalayas where we would have our first trek. We had a dal bhat lunch and set out on our adventure. Ten minutes in of going up a steep stone......Read More

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Why I Trek

Grace Powell, Participant

Yak of the Week

I trek because it is what I signed up for. I trek because it makes me feel alive. I trek to ground out, to feel my bones, tendons, muscles, tendons, my body, all working together, pushing my mind. I trek to feel the sweat trickle down my forehead,......Read More

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Apu Ausangate

Emily Smith, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I write, I am surrounded by Alpacas, sheep, and horses as they graze. The herders sit on nearby boulders and watch over, dressed in traditional clothes of colorful hand-woven wool ponchos and skirts. We were at camp after hiking for six hours and......Read More

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My Hiking Inspiration

Will LeVan, Participant

Yak of the Week

In elementary school, my dad and I decided we would hike all of the fifty-four 14,000+ ft mountains in Colorado by the time I graduated high school.  While I will be graduating high school next June and we’ve only summited thirty of these peaks,......Read More

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Grounded Movement

Maysie Ballantine, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sitting on the mossy earth with my back supported by an enormous grey rock, I am peacefully still. The wind billows and swirls all around me, but in this sheltered space I am finally warm. I inhale deeply and breathe in the powerful landscape that......Read More

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kawsay pacha

Anne Vetter, Participant

Yak of the Week

Long walks occupy that strange in-between space in the mind; you can think in a way that is not thinking or dreaming or analyzing. It is just another part of the slow pattern of walking. You step forward, your mind moves somewhere soft, you step......Read More