Part two of my temporary life in living in the mountains of Wyoming + learning how to be an outdoor educator. Our group finally reached higher elevations & less guidance from the instructor staff. We officially became WFR's and I dealt with all of the emotions, plus the altitude.
Part one of my NOLS Outdoor Educator experience from the prep to getting my butt kicked on trail and off. This is when I learned how to travel in grizzly country, what travelling "expedition style" means, how to enjoy wild strawberries, and what it means to show expedition behavior. Time contracted and expanded wildly during this period, and I often felt overwhelmed by the natural spaces around us as well as the work to be done to keep a camp going.
Adventures in gear revitalization after a hand-me-down piece of gear that I grew to love fell apart. It simply needed a little mesh and a lot of time.
It may not always be economical to repair or reconstruct a piece of damaged gear. It may not always work out to look good or even work well in the end. Lord knows I've tried to sew many things that live in storage or were thrown away out of spite. Yet I find that the process of mending and giving another life to an item a meditation of sorts.