Isabelle Rhodes ‘18

I was fortunate to spend my summer outside, hiking and backpacking. For most of the summer I worked as a guide in the Adirondack Mountains. I spent 8 weeks leading children and young adults on backcountry treks focused on canoeing, backpacking, and rock climbing. On each trek I taught lessons on environment conservation, Leave No Trace ethics, risk management and navigation. When the kids were interested, I also shared information on local history, plant identification, and of course, geology. From spending time in the mountains and paddling the pristine lakes, to sharing my love of the outdoors with groups of young adults, I never woke up dreading the workday. Later in the summer I spent time in the foothills of the Wind River Range of Wyoming, camping and hiking. I drove back across the country with my family to New York, visiting many national parks along the way.

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