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Post-Grad Adventures of Indigo Catton on the Pacific Crest Trail

In Camping, Hiking, Student Features, Trip Reports by JaneBozsikLeave a Comment

Have you ever made a crazy, outdoors-related bucket list for yourself? Ever considered actually completing it? The colorful Indigo Catton, University of Pennsylvania grad and Penn Outdoors Club (UPOC) President 2016-2017, is doing just that. Two years ago, I met Indigo on my first Outdoors Club trip. She organized a Sunday morning hike that left campus at 3am to go …

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Education through Experience: Importance of a Gap Year

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Over recent years, the gap year trend has seen a steady rise in popularity, as high school or college graduates and burnt out undergrads seek new ways to expand their horizons. For students with school-related doubts, the benefits of taking a break from their education are plentiful. Seeing the world, making new friends, and gaining real life experiences can be …

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How to literally major in mountains

In Hiking, Trip Reports by JaneBozsik1 Comment

It’s that time of year again. We’re beating the same familiar paths back to the biology building, moving into new apartments or dorms and realizing we remembered to bring the decorative pillows but forgot the kitchen knives, and running into close friends and awkward acquaintances. Sometimes it can be hard to get back to classes after a summer of adventuring …

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Transitioning from the climbing gym to outdoor ratings at Joshua Tree

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My first foray into outdoor bouldering was a painful, ego crushing expedition. This was several years back, and — as is often the case — my troubles grew from my unrealistic expectations. I had been climbing at the local gym for a couple of months, and had spent a bit of time at the local sandstone bouldering spot, Pirate’s Cove, …