"Adventure of a Lifetime" was a vague phrase I could never really connect with until this trip. I spent nearly a month hiking, camping, road tripping, and climbing along the coast of South Africa with Catherine Rocchi '19, Matt Rube '19, and Sheppard Somers '19 over Winterim 2017. From leading a 5.11c to stumbling upon a man's marijuana farm, to huddling inside a tent during the mother of all thunderstorms, to learning about a country's racial divide and experiencing firsthand what it meant to have a severe water shortage, this adventure ended up being so much more than just a climbing trip. It was as much a lesson in the extent of my American privilege as it was a journey through the most beautiful, breathtaking parts of South Africa, and I'm so thankful to have experienced all of this with three of my favorite people.
- Regina Yan '19