ISOLS 2013

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We made it back from the Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar this past weekend. We had a lot of fun hanging out at the University of Utah with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. A variety of workshops were held to better educate students on the importance of outdoor leadership. Friday, we headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon to learn some hard skills about avalanches, snow caves and proper outdoor techniques during the winter. The snow was a little heavy and the sun was bright, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the wilderness — regardless of sunburns. Josh Beckner did a keynote presentation Friday night about his climbing adventures from around the world. Josh spoke about the importance of mentoring and outdoor leadership. Because of his struggles and travels, he founded the School for International Expedition Training, or SIET. On Saturday we received instruction from students and professionals regarding outdoor practices ranging from bear safety, leadership and marketing trips. The attendance was good for the conference, considering it took a long hiatus, but we could have used more Aggies to represent the school. It sounds like the seminar will be held next year, we would encourage students from any background to attend.

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