Last summer Stephanie Zapf and I participated in a program called CLIMBE (Center for Learning and Investigation in Mountain Backcountry Ecosystems). The camp was a week a long with the first two days being spent in preparation for backpacking and learning about climate systems. We were even given a tour of the NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) National Climactic Data Center. On the backpacking portion of the trip, we hiked fairly slowly with numerous breaks to take various readings from weather instruments or to do another activity. The focus of the camp was climate change and was collecting data for a study. This year Montreat is offering an exciting new group of camps: Caves, Climate, Forests, Rivers, Rocks, and Renew which are the names of the six titles of this year’s programs. An awesome part is the financial assistance which can lower the cost of a weeklong camp to $50. They also will let you borrow most of the necessary equipment for backpacking which also lightens the financial load. For more information, check out their website at http://climbe.org/.
– Perry Grosch