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Outdoor Studies Students to Capstone on Denali

At 20,320 ft, Denali is a fine and ambitious goal for Certificate students

Via a democratic decision making process, the F09/S10 graduating students in the Outdoor Skills and Leadership Certificate Program have decided to attempt to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley), the tallest mountain in North America, via the standard West Buttress route. At 20,320 ft, Denali is a fine and ambitious goal for Certificate students, especially because of its expeditionary nature and the challenges of extreme cold and high altitude. As scheduled, the Capstone (ODS 245) will leave Juneau on May 10 and return June 6, 2010, with 24 days scheduled for on route ascension.

Facilitating the expedition are the following three instructors: Forest Wagner, ODS Program Director, Kevin Krein, ODS Academic Director and Philosophy Professor, and Shea Mack, Assistant Recreation Center Manager. Student participants, totaling five, will include: Samantha Becker, Acacia Edmiston), Travis Haskin, Alfredo Munoz and Yosuke Sano.

Students have expressed intense commitment to the project by raising and saving money, training for the last ten months, and developing their intrapersonal skills and group dynamics.

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