Evening at Egan: Climbing Denali

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

The UAS Evening at Egan series continues this week with a multi-media presentation by Outdoor Studies Program Director Forest Wagner, staff, and students on their pinnacle adventure, climbing Denali. Outdoor Studies made UAS history in May 2010 when they climbed North America's highest peak for their capstone course.

Students Acacia Edmiston, Sammy Becker, Travis Haskins, Yosuke Sano and Freddie Munoz made the trek for the university's outdoor studies program. Chosen by the students themselves at the outset of their program, the expedition marked the decade anniversary for the ODS program.

The group began their two-week-long expedition from base camp on May 12. Three climbers out of the original eight successfully made the summit: Student Yosuke Sano and instructors Forest Wagner and Shea Mack.

The 10-month ODS program combines outdoor skills and academic coursework to provide a liberal arts approach to studying human interaction with the natural world. Students in the program develop skills and characteristics that are essential to success as an individual, a group member and a leader in outdoor and adventure settings.

This week's lecture begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the Egan Lecture Hall. All Evening at Egan presentations are simulcast on UATV Cable Channel 11.

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