Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 7:00 pm
555 WEST 25TH ST
Idaho Falls, ID
As Claire Noffz headed south from Rexburg to southern Utah’s red rock country last spring, she was looking forward to getting a break from classes and enjoying some fun and adventure in the outdoors; but, at the same time she was scrambling over red rock, she would also be earning college credit as she picked up valuable leadership and outdoor skills as a participant in a 25-day course offered by BYU-IDaho titled “Spring Summit”.
The course kicked off with an introduction to wilderness survival skills by outdoor educator David Holliday. Claire and her fellow students then embarked on a 3 day outing without tents or sleeping bags in which they had to rely on the skills they had learned to locate food and water. Each student followed this up with a challenging two-night, one-day solo walkabout in the vicinity of Cathedral Butte.
The group then moved its base of operations to Canyonlands National Park where they did a 7-day backpack followed by four days of biking the incomparable White Rim Trail. The course then wrapped up with an exciting raft trip through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River.
Claire works at two local climbing gyms and enjoys hiking, biking and climbing as often as her schedule permits. She is a third-year recreation management student at BYU-IDAHO and yes, she will receive additional class credit for sharing her experiences with us.