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  1. Scholarship Highlights: Deerfield Hills

    COBS provides scholarships for many students to go on our traditional open enrollment courses every year. At times, we receive funding from individuals or organizations to use for specific programs – to bring the experience of a COBS course to a particular community. Often times, these students come to us with no previous outdoor experience

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  2. Student Story: Savi’s Semester

    We just heard back from Savi, this year’s Gruffie Scholarship recipient, who completed the Rockies to Canyonlands Pathfinder semester this November. In the photo she is setting the pace as Leader of the Day. Thanks to Savi for sharing about her course! If you would like to support COBS and our students, you can make

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  3. Student Story: Suzanne

    A very special student story from Suzy, who went on a two week alpine backpacking course in the Colorado Rockies in 2015. We so appreciate students who carry course with them in their hearts and feel compelled to reconnect. Following course, it often takes some time to process the full meaning of the experience. If

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  4. Staff Development Trip Report: Zack McGill in Ecuador

    Ecuador Trip Report 11/21/15 to 12/23/15: When I flew into Ecuador at 1AM on the 21st, my jet-lagged brain had little clue what to expect. Austin Gibney, my travel companion and trainer on the training to come, was the reason I was sitting,  blurry-eyed, on bags filled with thousands of dollars’ worth of climbing/glacier gear

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  5. Changing Lives through Support & Logistics

    Guest blog from our staff member Lauren! She worked as a Logistics Coordinator this past summer out of the Southwest Program, based in Moab, Utah, and wanted to share her experience. I knew very little about Outward Bound before moving to Moab. In fact, I knew absolutely nothing, because I had somehow given my boss

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  6. 2016 Black Tie Auction Items

    We are so grateful for all of the amazing companies and individuals who donate products, services, and experiences to our Black Tie silent auction! Because every item is donated, the auction is a win-win for bidders who take home sweet, sweet gear while supporting COBS students at the same time. Special thanks goes out to

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  7. Marlene in the Alps

    We just got an update from our wild woman, Marlene! Marlene wrote in about her Tour du Mont Blanc: The 110-mile circuit was exquisitely beautiful!  And every day was an adventure. There are 11 passes (called cols over there) – so a day most often included a pass. There is 35,000´of elevation gained and lost

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  8. Staff Development Fund Trip Report: Izzy Lazarus (Part I)

    Izzy is a stupendous climber, a great writer, amazing instructor and all-around awesome person. This year she went on a personal trip with some other COBS instructors, with some support through the Staff Development Fund. Because it was such an epic trip involving ski mountaineering three Washington volcanoes, we’ll be splitting up the story into

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  9. Update from Marlene, Wild Woman

    We got an update from Marlene, who is very busy preparing for her triathlon this fall. She wrote in a quick update about her backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail with Gruffie. Next stop: Mount Blanc! This 5-day trip on the CT was quite special. Just sharing it with this dear friend of so many

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  10. Wild Women Take the Path Less Traveled

    We’ve all encountered a path less traveled. Whether at school, at work, or elsewhere in our lives, we’ve come to a place where a certain decision would make all the difference. Throughout the season and at our Black Tie event, we will be talking about how COBS courses are a jumping-off point that set our

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