After months in South America, I returned to Colorado, on March 19th. The previous eight days were a hurried movement north over 7,000 miles. I had to be ready to work on the morning of the 21st of March in Leadville, Colorado; a Backcountry Ski and Ride course, including a AAA Level 1 Avalanche certification, with Outward Bound.
On my journey north I spent a day in Bariloche, revisiting a hostel named Pudu. Fantastic place with a crazy kitten.
I had an additional stop over in Puerto Montt and Santiago de Chile. Both of which brought a new cuisine. I had grown tired of the options in Argentina: Beef, Pasta, and Pizza.
The last day I had in South America was filled with fun, exploration, and eating adventures in Quito, Ecuador.
Upon my return to Colorado, myself and two co-workers began to prepare for our course with Outward Bound. Developing lesson plans, curriculum and logistics for a 9 day backcountry adventure for 16-18 year old students. By far, our biggest work-load came from developing a AAA Avalanche Level 1 curriculum to meet the AAA standards and the Outward Bound educational outcomes as well. I found it to be a great hybrid, and a exciting project to be apart of!
During the expedition element of the course the students reached the summit of Homestake Peak, 13,209 Feet. Skiing and ridding down the East ridge nearly 2000 vertical feet.
Upon the end of the course, I had a day off before beginning prep for my next course, the spring 30 day Pathfinder. I mainly rested and watched movies. The first half of the course has had its ups and downs, a few students have left, leaving a core group that is highly motivated, with deep interpersonal connections. It has been exciting to see the personal growth and learnings that these students have already experienced.
A few highlights from the course thus far include:
-Raft building initiative
-Solo in the snow. We received nearly 14″ of new snow at the Outward Bound Cabins.
-Summit of Mount Champion via the East ridge.
Mount Champion Summit - Video
Currently, I have five days off from the course. When I rejoin the crew we will head down to Denver for a few days of service in the downtown area.
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