At Wilderness Pursuits (WP), the student-run outdoor expeditions and gear rental program at Western, student instructors take their peers outside at a remarkably affordable cost (student fees subsidize the trips, which include everything: instruction, gear, food, and lodging for the course of every trip).
In September, WP ran its annual mountaineering trip, a two day excursion led by lead instructor Sarah Jane (SJ) Wood, who has previously guided trips in Colorado, Chile, and Alaska.
Day one took participants up Gunsight Ridge in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness and culminated with fixed-line practice at a campground in Crested Butte.
Day two combined all the skills from day one on the way up Guide’s Ridge on Mount Crested Butte.
Want to learn how to do this and other outdoor activities in a safe, welcoming environment run by your peers?
Sign up for a trip at the WP office in the UC (across from the Trailhead and next to the Multicultural Center).
Have some experience, or just a drive to learn and a desire to get paid to take your peers outside? Apply to join the WP team on Handshake!
Day 1: Fossil Ridge Wilderness and Square Top Mountain
Day 2: Mt. Crested Butte
Lubowicki and Wood ascend the start of ridge (which WP doesn’t rope up for since it’s less technical)