Edmond resident completes 80-day wilderness expedition in Patagonia

Posted by Kim Freitas on February 15, 2017 8:31:58 AM MST

Joe Romano, 20, of Edmond, recently completed a fall semester in Patagonia with NOLS. Expedition courses at NOLS take students of all ages into remote wilderness areas where instructors teach students technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. In 1974, NOLS invented the outdoor semester. Now each year, 800 students spend a semester with NOLS learning new skills, exploring new ideas, and making new friends surrounded by the wilderness.


Steamboat Springs graduate completes Patagonia expedition

Posted by Kim Freitas on February 14, 2017 2:05:40 PM MST

While other college students were spending their fall term listening to lectures and cramming for tests, Jackson Perry was earning his credits in the remote wilderness of Patagonia.


Yarn Registry – I am a Grand Canyon park ranger

Posted by Kim Freitas on February 10, 2017 10:14:22 AM MST

Sarah Acomb grew up in Yellow Springs but now calls the Grand Canyon home. She is a park ranger with the National Park Service, helping visitors understand the multifaceted majesty of one of the world’s great natural wonders. She didn’t set out to be a park ranger but has come to identify with the job in a way that transcends mere employment or as a way to channel her interest in the sciences. Her job offers the chance to not only be in a place of unparalleled beauty every single day, but to teach and live among a community of like-minded people who are just as enthralled with what they’re doing.


Molly Graham is taking on a top ops role at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Posted by Kim Freitas on February 9, 2017 4:15:19 PM MST

Silicon Valley executive Molly Graham has been hired as VP of operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, rounding out another key leadership role at the huge philanthropic fund created by Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.


In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory

Posted by Kim Freitas on February 7, 2017 8:08:22 AM MST

On Jan. 20, public lands advocates across Wyoming celebrated a tenuous victory. In a move somewhat overshadowed by inauguration coverage, Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout killed a proposed constitutional amendment that would have laid the groundwork for potential future transfers of federal lands to the state, citing doubt that the bill would have earned the necessary votes. Then, just ten days later, Wyoming House Majority Floor Leader David Miller filed another transfer bill, the latest in a spate of “land-grab” bills that have galvanized opposition among Wyoming sportsmen and conservationists.


How Gap Years Can Prepare You For College: A Semester in Patagonia

Posted by Kim Freitas on February 6, 2017 9:56:26 AM MST

In the fall of 2014 I was hit with the college process. There’s a lot of hype about college; it’s a big decision, it is where you will be living and learning for the next four years. During the application process I was excited to prepare for the next chapter of my life, but I felt kind of lost. Then I discovered the concept of a gap year. When I threw the idea out to my family, friends, and mentors, they all gave me the same response: “Looking back, I wish I took a gap year…I didn’t know what I was doing at all my first year of college.” After several months and many reiterations of the Common App passed, I decided to defer from Colorado College and apply for semester in Patagonia, South America with NOLS.


Meet Thinlas Chorol: Mountaineer and more

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 31, 2017 8:51:48 AM MST

Thinlas Chorol from Ladakh, India is simply remarkable by any measure. She is the most famous female guide in the Himalayas, the only woman from India to ever complete the 135-mile Himalayan foot race, and the most powerful force in northern Asia pushing social justice for woman as founder and president of Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network…. and much more.


Teens in the backcountry

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 19, 2017 7:27:25 AM MST

Chris Mayers dropped into Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort when he was 5 years old.

The run is on the top of most expert skiers’ bucket lists, but it’s just a stepping stone for most of Jackson Hole’s youth.


First African-American Crewmember To Join The International Space Station

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 18, 2017 1:49:15 PM MST

Astronaut Jeanette Epps made African-American history on Wednesday when NASA announced that she’ll be the first black American astronaut to board the International Space Station. 


Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network Founder Thinlas Chorol to Speak at Yale

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 17, 2017 10:03:09 AM MST

Besides being the most famous female mountain guide in the Himalayas Thinlas Chorol has also become the most important voice for social justice for women and girls in that part of Asia as founder and president of Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network . Chorol, founder of Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network, known as LWWN, will speak at Yale University on Feb. 4.