30 Days in the Absaroka Mountains: An Introduction

Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
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Trip End Sep 27, 2012


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

-- Written on August 18, 2012 -- 

 From July 19 to August 17, I decided to interrupt my regularly scheduled programming and retreat for 30 days into the wilderness on a NOLS Absaroka Mountain Backpacking course. I was not really sure what to expect, but I figured that it would involve learning how to camp and backpack, refining leadership skills, and discovering what is next in my life. What I was doing in life was not cutting it for me, so instead of sit back and let life pass me by while I wished for change, I decided to do something about it. What better entry way into a new direction in life than by extracting one's self from his or her current life for a little while.

This blog will tell the tale through first-person stories and pictures of the effect that 30 days in the wilderness without a phone, instant contact with family and friends, computers, and any technology whatsoever on a 24 year old who has grown up learning to love all of those things as the basis of everything he knows and for which he has worked. This set of stories will at times be joyous, at times somber, at times exuberantly refreshing and intensely trying, just as it happened in real life. My goal is to portray the journey as I experienced it and in the effect it had on me as a person.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I relished the time spent in living the adventure that will soon create it. The hours and days were wild, amazing, frustrating and tough at times, and they forced me explore myself deeper than I ever have before. I think it will continue making an impact on my life as long as I continue to breathe the air of this Earth. (Might seem silly to say on my first full day out of the wilderness, but I think you'll see what I mean)

At the end of some stories, you may see a few words in italics. These are poems I wrote while inspired by the untouched scenery in the wilderness. They won't necessarily pertain to anything in the story (or be any good at all, though it's surely in the eye of the beholder :)), but, in my estimation, provide a glimpse into how important the wilderness is because of what it can create through any one of us.

And now...to the Absaroka Mountains in The Literal "Middle of Nowhere Wyoming :)"...
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