Fighting Mother Nature

Members of Summer Field Studies talk about their experience on the trip

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Fighting Mother Nature

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: One of the amazing mountains from a hike in Death Canyon located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: One of the amazing mountains from a hike in Death Canyon located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Photo by Photo by Max Cross

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: One of the amazing mountains from a hike in Death Canyon located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Photo by Photo by Max Cross

Photo by Photo by Max Cross

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: One of the amazing mountains from a hike in Death Canyon located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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This past summer brought an unexpected change for Summer Field Studies attendees: this was the first year that students had been in three different national parks, including Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The program also had a strange year because of hurricane remnants causing rain into Wyoming. Leaders Dr. Joe Hollowell and Camp Counselor Daryell Slevin rushed to secure accommodations as fast as they could in Grand Junction, Colorado.

English teacher Mr. Frank Litz had a lot to say about the experience.

“I think Dr. Hollowell and Daryell did a great job working everything out on the fly. When we were moving from Wyoming to Colorado, they were able to get the hotel and all of the campground booked in the course of two days,” Litz said.

The trip was definitely one of the strange trips from the past Summer Field Study experiences. It was even more unusual for senior Stephen Krajcir because of a knee injury he sustained during a hike in the Upper Darby of Wyoming. He was forced to leave the trip because the injury was to severe for

“I was able to connect with some amazing guys while being injured, they were a lot of help,” Krajcir said.  

Though he was injured and could not continue the trip, Krajcir is eligible for a full refund and has been invited to attend next year’s trip.

“If it wasn’t for everyone on the mountain and those amazing guides, I may not have had my leg or could have lost my life,” Krajcir said.

Overall, Summer Field Studies was still a success, though it was still hard for the students and the staff to adopt to the trip due to weather conditions.  

 

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