Students Enjoy Spring Break in the Adirondacks
Twelve members of the Episcopal community headed north on March 3 for a five-day snowshoe trip through the Adirondack Mountains, starting at the home of Science Teacher Joe Halm in Silver Bay, N.Y.
March 21, 2012
After getting acclimated to the change in temperature and atmosphere, the group freed themselves from cell phones, the internet, and most forms of communication and headed to the Lake Placid region for a day hike through the Keene Valley area. Over the next three days, the group traveled through the Adirondack Mount Club in Lake Placid, where the spent the remainder of their time participating in day hikes in the area surrounding the Club.
The EHS students on this year’s trip included Philip Faris ’13, Abby Halm ’13, Joe Hyman ’13, Evan Leonard ’13, Amy Ren ’12, Logan Sandor ’13, Will Talley ’15, Suzelle Thomas ’14, Austin Wiles ’13, and Sam Wu ’13. Social Studies Teacher Brendan Baran accompanied Halm to serve as the two faculty chaperones.
“Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing was all new to me before this trip,” explained Ren. “I tripped and fell more times than I could count, but had a really fun time. The views from the top of mountains were magnificent, and it felt like we were standing on top of the world. It was also very good bonding time with the team. During our free team, we would play cards, Scategories, and have reading parties, and during the night, we even started a fire in the backyard of the cabin. It was a great start to spring break, and I would love to go again if I could!”
The trip stresses overall preparedness, group dynamics and leadership, nutrition, hydration, navigation and route planning, objective and nonobjective hazards, sound judgment and decision making, and basic first aid. For more information on the trip’s history at Episcopal, please click here.