By: Alumna Taylor Sinason, Instructor Development, 2016
After a long night of relentless rain, my crew mates and I lowered the bear-hang in the first morning light to share one last breakfast together. The presence of solo was looming in the air. Though it was easy to joke about, there was an unspoken tension, for we knew how strange it would be to be apart. The opening circle was thoughtful, and after our instructor shared a quote, a quiet fell upon us. Walking away from camp, I took note of the lightness of my pack, practically weightless in comparison to the preceding days of backpacking. The silence was heavy.
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