By Micah Robin LPHS Junior

As a student at Lone Peak High School and a member of the Big Sky community, I have been exposed immensely to the outdoors. This includes amazing experiences like Expedition Yellowstone and the Ski Friday program.

Every year LPHS students go on a three-day camping expedition where we are exposed to the outdoors in a way that is fun, educational and best of all, unconventional.

This fall, the junior class camped at Spanish Creek Campground in the Lee Metcalf National Forest for three days and the freshmen and sophomores went to Swan Creek. Most found themselves doing things they wouldn’t normally – like not showering for three days, sleeping in tents and cooking for 25.

The skills you learn camping draw direct parallels with real life, like cooking, cleaning, taking care of yourself and others, working as a team and learning to make do with what you have. From scavenger hunts to thoughtful nature writing, the expedition made me feel motivated to get outside and explore the Big Sky backyard.

From day one at Ophir to LPHS graduation day, students are taken skiing, hiking, rafting and camping trips. I know it helps to instill a lifelong love and respect for the outdoors. The expeditions are not just camping trips; they are doors to a world of immense opportunity.

Editor’s note: The senior class backpacked from Spanish Creek to North Fork, spending the first night at Mirror Lake and the second night in Bear Basin.