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Jen Antocci

Jen Antocci
Jen is a graduate of UMass Amherst and now works as a Local Adventure Instructor with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Youth Opportunities Program. You can find her upside down in a handstand, enjoying a cup of coffee, or dancing. She feels most at home on top of a mountain, on her paddle board, or making music.

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There and Back Again, a Patagonia Tale: The Patagonia Cultural Expedition

By Jen Antocci on May 29, 2019

Photo courtesy of Alex Chang - Cornell Leadership Expedition.

I was sitting in my doctor’s office, awkwardly fussing with my johnny gown and glancing down at the NOLS health form in my hands. My doctor comes in and after some formal chitchat I ask her to complete the health clearance for this month long hiking and cultural expedition in Patagonia.

“A month of hiking? Sleeping in tents? In South America? Are you being punished?” she half joked. “No, I’m paying to do this” I joked back. “Well good for you, I don’t even like going out in my backyard.” She signed the form and I left the office, mentally checking off the final item on my expedition to-do list.

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Topics: Patagonia, culture, Live the Dream, story, cultural expedition