During the final weekend of September, Derek Harwell '88, Director of Outdoor Programs, set out with five students for a backpacking trip to Sequoia National Park. The plan was to backpack into the Table Lands and meet up with Midland resident and alpine lake scientist Steve Sadro. A forecast for possible showers turned into more than 24 hours of cold rain and snow, which ultimately thwarted most backcountry ambitions. The group did a good job of rolling with the weather altered plans. As a result, they had good explorations of the Giant Sequoias, laughed and played in the rain, slept well, and took a hike up to Tokopah Falls.
The trip also corresponded with the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Wilderness Act (September of 1964). The act created such wilderness areas as Midland's local San Rafael Wilderness area (designated in 1968) and more than 750 wilderness areas throughout the US. In honor of the anniversary, Midland has set our sights on creating 50 activities/events throughout the year that celebrate wilderness. So far, we have had a few camping trips, a scheduled presentation by Sean Cummings of his summer adventures in the Alaskan wilderness, and even a wilderness trip organized by Jim Quick with fellow classmates. Let Derek Harwell firstname.lastname@example.org know if you have a uniquely Midland celebration of wilderness and he will put it on the list.
See photos of the trip.