#tbt my first time in Alaska, and also my first field season after undergrad. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that that summer in @denalinps changed my life. It was my inaugural experience in this kind of remote wilderness, and my first time being fully responsible for myself and others in the outdoors. And it was in a place with gravity unlike anything I’d ever imagined. Something deep in me shifted, and I became *this* person — someone who finds solace in solitude and who is inextricable bound to the wild. I’d always been stubbornly independent, but after that season I understood something new: that confidence and apprehension are not mutually exclusive, and that resilience cannot exist without adversity. Most importantly, I learned that the things we’re scared of are so often the things that make us strong.
Anyway all of that fluff is to say that I’m stoked to be spending this summer back in my beloved Alaska, this time at @katmainpp and @lakeclarknps, even though it’s hard to remember that from behind the doldrums of term papers and cubicle life.