Last week, Erica Wynn posted a video expressing her thoughts the night before her Alaska Backpacking course. Among her sentiments was gratitude to NOLS and Gateway Partner GirlTrek for making this course possible.
Wynn is a GirlTrek Trailblazer Fellow. This program entails “intensive training, community service, targeted advocacy, and an all-expense paid health adventure [like Wynn’s NOLS course].” Trailblazers spend the yearlong fellowship telling their stories and serving as healthy role models in their communities. Wynn has been sharing her thoughts leading up to her NOLS course on the GirlTrek website and YouTube.
In Wynn’s words, “I'm reppin' GirlTrek on a 30-day backpacking trip in Alaska with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). I leave June 13, 2012 and when I return, I'll spend a year telling my story to students in my community.”
But she started telling her NOLS story before she left. In this great video, Wynn tells about how she came to be hours away from a NOLS Alaska Backpacking course and what she feels in the moment.