OK, so here is another hearty group of NOLS students making their way through the Talkeetna Mts. The rain and fog has been on and off for the last several weeks, but I’m afraid it has favored the “on” side recently. Fortunately this group was up to the challenge, because I found them energetic and displaying huge smiles on their faces.
I spent approximately 40 minutes on the ground with them as they sorted through the groceries I had carried in. Even as we stood there the rain fall increased and the wind velocity strengthened, but nobody seemed to notice. They were just happy to have their fresh food and fuel. I think they were mostly excited about the extra ration of cheese, but I noticed the beef jerky was a big hit as well. We will see this team one more time before they complete the course in approximately 2 weeks after covering more than 150 miles on foot. (For more photos of NOLS courses click the “NOLS” tag on the left side of this page)