• Expedition: Feb 19-24, 2006
  • Merced High School - Richard Iglehart Memorial Expedition
  • Sierra National Forest: Hite Cove
group on summit

Students from Merced High School in Merced, California, came together for a beautiful WildLink week, which included some great snow time in a wintry Yosemite Valley as well as a spring-like exploration of a warm and sunny Hite Cove in the Sierra National Forest. This is a particularly special expedition because it is carried out in honor of Richard Iglehart, whose loved ones have established the Iglehart Wilderness Foundation in his memory. As has become a tradition with the Richard Iglehart Memorial Expeditions, the spirit in which this expedition is supported lent it a special intensity and energy. WildLink would like to thank the Iglehart Wilderness Foundation for increasing their support of the program this year to two expeditions.

Some of the highlights included a beautiful hike up to the Hite Cove Ridge; finding bear tracks in the mud; helping with the Hite Cove Photomonitoring Project; donning waders and optivisors for a snowy and icy aquatic biomonitoring session on Illilouette Creek (which is part of a Yosemite Institute collaborative research project with UC Merced); and learning some great new songs from WildLink instructor Catherine. It was a week of firsts for many of us: first time to climb a mountain, touch snow, go camping, and to be in Wilderness.

Thank you to all of you for a wonderful week; may this be the first of many adventures you enjoy in the Wilderness in the years to come!

alberto bear print girls journaling merced river journaling group from above on the trail afternoon light map lesson taking a break ridge view identifying insects measuring the sample site student on microscope sampling a very cold srream group with packs
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