CNCC teacher reflects on backcountry trip |

CNCC teacher reflects on backcountry trip

Four Colorado Northwestern Community College students ventured into the backcountry Jan. 28 in Ashley National Forest, Utah, on cross-country skis as part of the college’s outdoor recreation program.

Teacher Derek Mogensen said:

“Originally, we planned on touring Rabbit Ears Pass, but the weather forecast favored the Ashley National Forest. It was a beautiful day as the sun was shining on the fresh powder that fell the night before. There was a crisp breeze cutting through the aspens as we took turns breaking trail. As we came down through the aspens, it opened up into a wide meadow with patches of sagebrush.

“As we climbed higher, the fog began to set in and frost the trees around us. It was a fairytale setting, one you read about or see in a movie.

“The pain and the tiredness from climbing all but vanished as we took in the beauty around us. And it is times like this when I think about all the students who would absolutely love being right there, experiencing what I and the other few were experiencing.

“Some students are taking advantage of the program, and to them I thank them and know they are truly getting experiences they may never otherwise see in their lifetime. To the rest, I ask you to take a chance, experience the adventure, make new friends and help the ORP to grow.”

To view the photos from this cross-country trip, visit

— Craig Daily Press staff

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