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WHEN DECIDING ON A SUMMER PROGRAM, THERE ARE NUMEROUS COMPANIES FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE... WHAT MAKES MOONDANCE UNIQUE? Much more than teaching young people how to climb, paddle or travel comfortably in the outdoors or a foreign country, Moondance wants to instill greater values in our students. Trust, communication, responsibility, perseverance, respect – these are just some of the values we want everyone to gain.

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  • 2 HAVE YOU EVER...

    HAVE YOU ever...

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    FRONT COVER:

    Railay Beach, ThailandPhoto by Scott Joseph

    THIS PAGE:

    Talkeetna Range, Alaska. Photo by Sheldon Mills

  • 4 WELCOME

    Experiences. When we look back on a life well lived, what do we really remember? It is those special times that we have shared along the way that help develop our character.

    It may seem bold to say that our purpose is to create a trip of a lifetime, but that is exactly what we strive to do on each and every trip. We encourage young people to believe that they have unlimited potential and that anything is possible. Time and time again we hear our adventures are life changing, the best trip ever, and the best three weeks of my life. These endorsements reinforce our vision that we have created something truly special.

    If you are looking for a unique, out of the box experience with other like-minded teens, we invite you to join us this summer for an experience you will not soon forget.

    Join us on the trip of a lifetime.

    Hayes Hitchens President / Founder

    WELCOME to our

    ADVENTURES

    Talkeetna Range, Alaska. Photo by Chap Chapman

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    Letter from Hayes .................................4Background and Philosophy................6What to Expect ...................................7The Moondance Difference ................8Leadership and Staff ......................... 10What Others Are Saying ...................12Live in the Moment .............................14Moonup .............................................15Safety .................................................162014 Adventure Tripfinder ................17

    TRIP DESCRIPTIONS .................... 18

    LEADERSHIP TRIPS

    Northern Lights ................................. 20Yosemite ............................................ 22Rainier ............................................... 24The Grand ......................................... 26Chamonix Alps.................................. 28

    CLASSIC TRIPS

    Big Wild ............................................ 30Pacific Northwest .............................. 32Cataract Canyon .............................. 34Wyoming Fly Fishing ........................ 36

    DISCOVERY TRIPS

    Mountains To Sea ............................. 38Colorado Trail ................................... 40California Discovery ......................... 42

    SERVICE TRIPS

    Hawaiian Islands .............................. 44 Costa Rica Venture ........................... 46Machu Picchu ................................... 48Ecuador + Galapagos ..................... 50Kilimanjaro ........................................ 52Thailand ............................................ 54Vietnam + Cambodia ....................... 56Belize + Costa Rica .......................... 58Maui .................................................. 60South Africa ...................................... 62

    References ......................................... 64The Fine Print ..................................... 69A Day in the Life ............................... 70

    DISCOVER the MOONDANCE EXPERIENCE

    MOONDANCE ADVENTURES 2014 PHOTO CREDITS

    Jason Hogan, Scott Joseph, Mims Montgomery, Clark Harris, Chap Chapman, Adele Walter,

    Corey Robertson, Kelly McFarling, Alan Rothschild, Kit Burgin, Bettie McKemie, Tate McNeilly,

    Anne Lyle Shugart, Maggie Herrick, Olivia Coble, Kylie Hitchens, Jonas Hill, Rob McAllister,

    Galen Rowell, Kel Rossiter, Hayes Hitchens

    Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo by Maggie Herrick

  • 6 BACKGROUND AND PHILOSOPHY

    BACKGROUND and PHILOSOPHY

    Every Moondance trip offers its students unparalleled opportunities for personal growth. They find their curiosity and sense of connection to the larger world, stimulated by a rich set of experiences and encounters. Moondance students discover remarkable reserves of adaptability, resourcefulness, and spirit while undertaking adventurous and often challenging outdoor activities. Moondance leaders work diligently to establish a nurturing, non-competitive environment in which every young person is pushed beyond his or her comfort zone to a place where preconceived limits are challenged and significant personal growth can occur.

    Most importantly, Moondance cultivates individual achievement within a strong context of teamwork and community. On every Moondance trip, students assume responsibility for the other members of their group as well as for themselves, learning the importance of positive expedition behavior as the foundation for success in challenging circumstances. With this experience, students learn the value of both giving to and relying on one another to create a vibrant, healthy group dynamic.

    MOONDANCE IS AN ADVENTURE TRAVEL PROGRAM FOR TEENS

    TO SOME OF THE WORLDS MOST FASCINATING PLACES.

    Desolation Peak, North Cascades, Washington. Photo by Olivia Coble

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    WHAT YOU DOOn the first day of your trip, your leaders meet you at the airport or designated rendezvous site. You meet all the new faces, knowing that you will soon become fast friends. It is very normal to be a bit nervous as you get ready to venture out into new experiences, but you learn quickly that the more you are engaged in all aspects of your trip, the greater the rewards.

    From the first moment of your trip, you learn by doing. Most importantly, you learn to share in others challenges, fears, temporary setbacks and ultimately their triumphs. Bring only motivation, a burning desire to learn and a willingness to share, and you will take home a sense of accomplishment that will sustain you for years to come.

    A DAY IN THE LIFEEach day involves one or more activities such as backpacking, sea kayaking, teaching English to a group of young children or contributing to a local community. You learn new backcountry and travel skills daily or sharpen those you already possess. Though our programs can be both physically and mentally challenging, you will find time to relax soaking up a little sunshine, photographing the abundant wildlife, or swapping stories with new friends.

    STUDENT LEADERSHIPThough leaders serve as mentors and teachers, you are required to openly and honestly solve problems and deal with challenging issues that arise. In these situations, our leaders offer encouragement and feedback while empowering you to make choices and to be held accountable for them. There are inherent risks in backcountry and adventure travel, and leaders monitor groups very closely and turn over leadership opportunities as your judgment and skills sharpen.

    NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARYMany people will join a Moondance trip without prior experience. You dont have to be a great athlete to fully enjoy a Moondance adventure. Anyone in good physical condition with a positive attitude, an adventurous spirit, and willingness to be part of a small group will find great success on Moondance. In return, be prepared to learn a ton about the outdoors and how to travel comfortably and safely all over the world. In doing so, you will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.

    FAMILY ATMOSHPHERE AND FRIENDSHIPMaking new friends and having fun are just two of the unique bonuses of any Moondance trip. With a small group of positive, wholesome and motivated teens living in a close environment, these bonds form quickly and keep friendships lasting a lifetime. Students tell us every year that having this sense of family is one of the best parts of their Moondance trip.

    what TO EXPECT For some students, their trip will be the first time they have spent an extended period of time away from the comforts of home. For many, it will be the first time they have worked together in a group, with people from all over the country, 24 hours a day for weeks at a time. Therefore, teamwork, good communication and a positive attitude become very important. Good Expedition Behavior is acting with the best interest of the group in mind, looking out for other group members and being a good team member yourself. It may mean helping someone set up their tent, filling their water bottle, or simply encouraging them on a tough climb. It doesnt take much to have good EB, but it certainly makes a difference to everyone on the trip.

    EXPEDITION BEHAVIOR

  • 8 MOONDANCE DIFFERENCE

    the MOONDANCE DIFFERENCE

    WHEN DECIDING ON A SUMMER PROGRAM, THERE ARE NUMEROUS COMPANIES FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE...

    WHAT MAKES MOONDANCE UNIQUE?

    Much more than teaching young people how to climb, paddle or travel comfortably in the outdoors or a foreign country, Moondance wants to instill greater values

    in our students. Trust, communication, responsibility, perseverance, respect these are just some of the values we want everyone to gain.

    Summit of the Grand Teton, Wyoming. Photo by Mims Montgomery

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    LEADERS More than teachers or counselors, our leaders are role models and friends to our students. Great care is taken in the selection and training of our staff. Our leaders are able to make the adventure experience relevant to everyday life by providing opportunities for our students to take a leadership role in team building, group decision-making and commitment to the group effort.

    ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES Whether it is backpacking, rock climbing or whitewater rafting, we design a safe, learn-by-doing approach to all of our activities. We maintain the highest safety standards throughout every activity. With technical activities such as climbing or mountaineering, we use

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