Semester in the Sawatch Range

Siri Pattison

I spent my fall semester at High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colorado. Backpacking expeditions are central to the HMI experience, and over the course of four months, I spent over five weeks in the backcountry. My time in the high alpine of the Colorado Rockies and deserts of southeast Utah gave me a fuller understanding of myself, and how to live with intention and purpose. I found immense appreciation for the beauty of both the natural world and close relationships with others.