This week the 7th and 8th Grade students packed their bags, put on their snowshoes and hiked up to High Camp Hut for a three day, two night Snow Safety and Winter Ecology program. The cozy log cabin, warm fireplace, blue skies and fresh snow made for a memorable experience!
Students learned about snow safety with Josh Butson of San Miguel Mountain Adventures and The Avalanche School. They dug snow pits, identified layers in the snow-pack and learned how to use a beacon shovel and probe.
For Winter Ecology they studied animal tracks, insulation and how animals survive winter, snow water equivalent and temperature. Each afternoon they sledded, played games and enjoyed the scenery. Nights were spent eating good food, playing games and reading.
Being surrounded by the San Juan Mountains in winter is a special experience. Each student left knowing more about the winter world around them, how to enjoy it safely and continue to investigate this magical season.
For more photos of the trip please visit: Flickr