The Cutthroat Underground’s “Outdoors” page is where one can find news and updates for Outdoor Trips, the Outdoor Leadership Academy, and school-wide Outdoor activities.
Last week, students from the joint Nature Writing and Ecology class participated in what Hannes and Elliot like to call “Wild Week.” The intent of the project was for students to pursue wildness, look deeper into one's personal connection with the wild, and do something that pushes them outside of their comfort zone. Of course, the extent of the project means not doing anything illegal or otherwise extremely dangerous. Along the way, everyone is encouraged to address the question: What do we get from wildness? This leaves a lot of room for experimentation and contingency. For many, this concept was an eye opening experience.
Henry Cherp, 12th grader, thought not wearing shoes for a week seemed fit for the concept of being wild. No matter the weather conditions, temperature, or activity, Henry walked around shoeless and sockless. Other students participated by only eating vegan foods for the week, going on a nature walk every day, sleeping outside every night, not using a cellphone at any point, and even following a dog around in nature for an hour.
This project proved to be very successful and seemed to enlighten many people’s perspectives on the wild. Every student had a substantially different experience, one that hopefully encouraged them to get out and be wild more often.
The Community School’s Outdoor Leadership Academy, OLA, is an integral part of student life for 9th through 12th graders. Each year OLA members lead our wonderful trips, plan weekly excursions, and work hard to educate the community on the perks of living a life outside.
This year’s OLA team is full of passionate members new and returning. Coming this weekend, the group will head to the City of Rocks National Reserve in Cassia County. The trip will be full of rock climbing, mountain biking, and spending much needed time in our great, wild playground.
For anyone who has been mulling over whether they want to join the OLA or not, go for it! All application materials are due tonight, so send them in before the clock strikes 12 if you want to join. Additionally, if you don’t want to commit to the club in full but want to join them at the City of Rocks, contact Patrick or Rob to see if there’s a spot for you.
Grade 9: River Trip
What’s more exciting than starting off your high school career by floating miles upon miles down the Salmon River of Idaho? The freshman pushed off into the year with several rafts to partake in an exciting river bound adventure. Unforgettable canyon sunsets, crisp mornings, appetizing meals, riveting rapids, and even raft waterslides are just a few of the unforgettable parts of the Salmon River trip. Whether you’re on a paddle board, paddle boat, duckie, or kayak, this excursion is extremely unique to Sun Valley Community School’s Outdoor Program.
Grade 10: Coast Trip
Coast, one of the most anticipated Upper School trips, is sure to be upon the most memorable outdoor experiences of your life. Sophomores backpack for 5 days alone the long, sandy, alluring beaches and forests of Washington. No matter the route you take down the coast line, the views are beautiful and the beaches are pristine. There’s nothing like seeing the rich oranges and yellows of the sun setting on the coast, while enjoying some sandy mac and cheese.
Grade 11: Sawtooth Trip
Close to home, The Sawtooth trip takes 11th graders to Redfish Lake for 5 days of fun outdoor activities. This years trip had a trial run of canoeing across the lake, and thankfully there were no over-boards. Upon arrival at camp, students found themselves at home in three different groups (Green, Blue, and Red) at a large campsite. Firstly, students got the chance to summit the slabs of Red Fish’s rocks via harness, carabiners, and a lot of rope. The stunning view of the lake and mountains from the top is well worth the climb. Secondly, each perspective group got a day to explore the delectable pastries at the Bakery, explore old mining towns, a hot springs, and a few mysterious graveyards.
Grade 12: Seniors don’t have an official trip but most take the time during this week to go visit colleges. If they do not visit schools, they are at school and working on college application process or senior projects.