The long anticipated return to backpacking trips finally came to fruition this year as the program returned to the Garibaldi Park and the Black Tusk for the first time since Mr. Rahe’s first year in the program. Despite the long absence the trail had not gotten any easier and 15 brave adventurers challenged themselves through mental and physical exhaustion to conquer this mountain. While some snow fell at night the days greeted the group with warm sunshine and mild temperatures. Students were rewarded for their efforts with stunning morning sunrises at Garibaldi Lake and panoramic views of the mountain ranges surrounding the Black Tusk. For the second time the group was able to Tag the Tusk and have the memories and the pictures to prove it! The only trip downside took place after the trip when Mr. Rahe realized that a slight vision issue identified on the trip was actually a detached retina, causing his next month of school to be derailed. Just another example of how important it is to cherish things in life and take nothing for granted. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.