It’s been a busy summer!
What have we been up to? From our home base right here in Utah, to the far-flung reaches of Greenland’s ice cap, World Wide Trekking has seen plenty of adventures this summer. Let’s take a look back at some of our favorites:
Polar Scouting Adventure in Greenland
This June, Dean completed an epic month-long adventure across the ice cap of Greenland. Towing gear in sleds and battling heavy winter storms, a group of experts led by famous polar explorer and guide Eric Larsen set off on skis to travel across Greenland on a fully self-supported expedition. This trip served as training, scouting, and gear testing for World Wide Trekking’s South Pole expedition, coming January 2019.
Check out Eric’s blog about the trip here, and keep your eyes on our page for an epic video of the adventure.
Our January 2019 South Pole expedition still has spots available!
Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks
This summer, World Wide Trekking started off our new Southern Utah trips with the Scott family and a group of Stanford Alumni. This trip visits each of Utah’s unique and magnificent National Parks: Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands.
From hiking among Zion’s towering cliffs to rafting in Canyonlands’ endless vistas, the trips were action-packed and filled with endless jaw-dropping scenery.
Desert season is upon us, sign up for a Southern Utah Adventure today!
Summiting Kilimanjaro – Twice!
This past July, two separate WWTrek groups summited Africa’s highest peak. For Dean, this marks his 56th summit of the mountain! Starting in the town of Moshi, the groups spent six nights on the mountain, rising in the early morning hours on summit day to reach Uhuru peak for an epic, once-in-a-lifetime sunrise.
We already have dates on the calendar for our 2019 Kilimanjaro Treks.
Summiting Mount Elbrus
Climbing the highest peak in Europe is no easy feat! We are proud of the six intrepid guests who faced the challenge this year. With Dean as their guide, the group learned climbing techniques and safe glacier travel, and reached the summit of Russia’s Mount Elbrus at 18,510’.
Join us next summer on a Mt. Elbrus Climb!
Voluntourism in Peru
Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful treks in the world, the Santa Cruz Trek winds its way through the Cordillera Blanca, crosses two nearly-16,000’ mountain passes, and makes its way directly through the village of Huaripampa.
Last year, Huaripampa and the nearby village of Pashpa were the sites of two major projects for the Human Outreach Project: in each village, we constructed computer centers complete with 10 laptops each, allowing students to learn vital computer skills.
This August, WWTrek and HOP led a group of trekkers through the Santa Cruz route, returning to these computer centers to deliver RACHEL World Possible, a system designed to give remote areas access to 500GB of educational content.
The group had a beautiful trek, and an extremely rewarding and meaningful experience training the local teachers how to use RACHEL.
Continuing with our trend of adding more local trips to explore the Mountain West, we led a group of alumni from the University of Colorado Boulder on some classic Colorado hikes, including summiting Mt. Crested Butte and hiking the Maroon Bells Pass trail. It was a fantastic trip with challenging hikes and an awesome group.