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Colorado River Basin Semester

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Weather Reports: A collection of thoughts from...

Bailey Walker, Participant

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The thing that haunts me are the handprints. Small, white, they stick on sandstone walls, their owners reaching out from within. Within a different time and space, yet their hands remain, painted onto the landscape, dry on my own hands as I paddle......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Ash– a reflection on recent news.

kate, Participant

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On one of our last nights in Grand Gulch, Jeff and Keshet gave us some devastating news from the outside world (received by their sat phone). The North Inlet of Rocky Mountain National Park has been burning since October 14th. The beautiful, diverse......Read More

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West Spanish Peak

Maddie Melton, Participant

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The Spanish Peaks rise above the desert of southern Colorado, southeast of the rolling Sangre de Cristo range we’ve been circling the past few weeks from our trek in the Rio Grande National Forest, to our time at Mission Wolf, and out to the sand......Read More

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Desert Hack

Mare, Participant

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Hello, We’ve been chasing the sun the last few days. The winter winds clip close at our heels and bites at my fingertips every morning when I sit to thaw by the fire. It’s a blessing when the sun peaks over the soft heads of the Sangre......Read More

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Charlotte & Sage’s super fun wolf time...

Charlotte & Sage, Participant

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Hey everyone! Sage and Charlotte here. We just concluded our stay here at Mission:Wolf. It’s been an incredible 10 days filled with lots of fencing and landscape work, immigration and political discussions, movie nights and sunset hacky sack......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Connection Through Disconnection

Audrey Smallman, Participant

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I haven’t read the news in over a month. As someone who ordinarily spends hours a day reading stories from any source I can get my hands on, I was nervous to step away from this habit that I believed connected me to others. But, unexpectedly,......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Connecting with the Land

Annabelle, Participant

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Over the past four weeks on this course, we have discussed the tumultuous state of the Colorado River Basin. We have examined the area through many different lenses — small farmers, large farmers, small town, city, etc. — the most......Read More

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A week in Paonia

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

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Dear Family and Friends,  I’d like to share a little about my time visiting the group this past week in Paonia, Colorado. The previous weekend the group had just finished a stay at the Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute near Basalt, CO that......Read More

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Nights in Tents

Instructor Team, Instructor

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Last night, I fell asleep in my tent to the sound of dozens of wolves howling just hundreds of feet away in their enclosures at the Mission: Wolf sanctuary. Earlier in the day, we watched them devour pounds of raw meat in one of their twice-weekly......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Changes in the Backcountry

Audrey Smallman, Participant

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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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My Apachetas

Bailey Walker, Participant

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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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And they’re off!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

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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

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Reflecting on My Relationships with the Land

Samantha Bateman, Participant

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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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Snow day and new backpacking departure

Instructor team, Instructor

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With the snow falling, and temps dropping we huddled indoors today for the first time since becoming a pod. It is hard to believe that just yesterday we were hiking in 90 degree temps – and suddenly winter has arrived! Today was filled with......Read More

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Voting While on Course

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

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Dear Students and Families,  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