In the first part of the term, students learned fundamental wilderness skills in order to plan and execute a backpacking trip. Last weekend we hiked into the Lake Ingalls area, snow camping for two nights in Headlight Basin. We pushed hard Friday night through driving wind and snow, snowshoeing by headlamp to get to camp. On Saturday we woke to brilliant sunshine and gorgeous scenery, made blueberry pancakes, hiked and explored all day, played sardines in the snowy basin, and stuffed ourselves on grilled cheese and soup. This group was tough as nails, embracing new experiences with great enthusiasm.