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Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay on 01/28/2014 20:33:01 MST Print View

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Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay on 01/28/2014 20:57:47 MST Print View

Great pics. What camera is Emily using?

Emily Beers
(ebeers) - MLife

Locale: upstate
WTS essay on 01/31/2014 05:47:31 MST Print View

It's a Canon 6D with a 16-35 2.8 lens. So about as non-UL as they come, but I was so happy to have it along! More photos available on the interwebs here:

And I really can't speak highly enough about the WTS experience. Our mission suffered quite a few setbacks- 24 hours in our instructor Pat became very ill, and we had to significantly modify our route plan for the possibility of heading back to drive him to a hospital. Thankfully he recuperated well, and we pressed on into that beautiful backcountry. Not pictured is the frozen pink vomit just outside my tent 48 hours later, sigil of my bout with the same illness. Nothing like a fever with rigors, teeth chattering in all of your layers while sleeping on snow. Ryan and Pat really made the experience the best it could be, despite high odds against it. It helped that we had a great crew of students, all of whom were able to be flexible and accommodate 2/5 of us with sudden incapacity derailing our plans. Bottom line: if we could go through all that and still have an amazing trip, the bar was set pretty high. WTS goes highly recommended!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: WTS essay on 01/31/2014 07:39:15 MST Print View

Thanks for the info Emily. Sorry about the illness. I have been through a GI viral illness while desert hiking a few years ago. It was no fun at all.

Ryan Connelly
(Ryanundertrees) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Re: WTS essay on 02/03/2014 15:01:57 MST Print View

Thanks Emily! I think much of our success on that trip can be attributed to the high level of compassion and the universally positive attitude of the students. When the data looks sour its attitude that sugars the lemons.

And for a last post trip recommendation... don't play with RyanC's toddlers 24 hours before a wilderness trek unless you've been previously exposed. Right Pat?