3 Groups, 36 Miles, & 1 Head of School


Last week our 8th graders spent four days and three nights backpacking in the high country of Yosemite National Park. This annual trip is the culmination of our outdoor education program that starts in fourth grade.

This year, our Head of School, Andrew Davis, hiked with all three groups on their first day in the woods. His planned 17 mile day turned into a 30 mile day of hiking/running as he assisted an injured passing hiker out to the rangers, returning to camp in the dark.

Here are a few highlights of his trip as he describes it.

Mile 0

Mile 0

I met the whole group at Crane Flat before heading to the first trail.

Mile 0-3

Group 1 – Cathedral Lakes

Mile 3-11

Mile 3-11

Mile 11-30

Mile 30-36

Mile 0Mile 0-3Group 1 – Cathedral LakesMile 3-11Mile 3-11Mile 11-30Mile 30-36

After hiking with each group Andrew remarked at how well the MTS students were handling the challenge:

“Despite heavy packs, hard trails, and long days, spirits were high. As a former outdoor educator, I was impressed by their maturity and willingness to persevere in the face of challenge.
— Andrew Davis

While the 8th graders braved the mountains, our 6th and 7th graders were off on their own trips as well. More on those adventures in the weeks to come.

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