BOLD trip to Mexico to climb Pico de Orizaba
by Niki West -- January 28th, 2012
Photos from BOLD’s (Building Outdoor Leaders and Doers) winter break trek in Mexico.
Niki West, MEM ’12, shares photos from her recent excursion in Mexico with Duke University’s BOLD. During winter break Niki, and other Duke students, climbed Pico de Orizaba. The mountain measures 18,491 ft above sea level in the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla.
The BOLDS’s website states that its mission “is to provide hands-on, exciting opportunities for graduate students and alumni to develop and strengthen personal leadership skills through structured outdoor sports and activities. Outdoor experiences provide a challenging, action-oriented environment, demanding students to think strategically, communicate effectively, and act confidently in authentic, dynamic situations. The program is structured to provide valuable feedback and encourages self-reflection in order to enhance the leadership abilities inherent within us all. Experiences may include, but are not limited to: mountaineering, climbing, kayaking, backpacking, biking, sailing, canyoneering, canoeing and orienteering.” As we can see from these photos, BOLD succeeded in giving these students a trip of a lifetime.