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Stories from High Trails Long Trips

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Long Trips, by Autumn Padilla

For my long trip, I did Oxford Belford.  Waking up at 2am was hard, but completely worth it.  It was pitch black outside so the stars looked really pretty.  While climbing up to Belford, it became difficult for many people to continue the climb but most pulled through.  As we reached the summit, it was so satisfying and beautiful.

Next, it was time for all of us to climb Oxford!  It was somewhat scary because the rocks were really slippery there.  As we thought we were at the summit, we realized that it was a false peak!  We couldn’t continue because storms were coming, but it was still a nice view.

The next day we hiked some more.  It was difficult because we were all tired and sore.  When we made it, it was one of the prettiest sights that I have ever seen.

Oxford-Belford, by Nicolette Hanson

This week was my Oxford/Belford mountain trip!  It was an amazing experience, and I won’t forget all of the memories that were made on this trip.  We started by waking up at 2am on the second day of our trip to climb Mt. Belford.  We ate oatmeal and we started up a ridge with a lot of switchbacks, and it was super cold! I will never forget the feeling when we finally made it to the ridge.  Even though it wasn’t the mountain yet, it was still satisfying to know that we were almost there.  After a packs-off food break, we started the hike up Mt. Belford.  When we made it to the top, the view was amazing and it was worth all of the hard work.  Also, it was one of our counselor’s birthdays, so we celebrated by eating Reese’s peanut butter cups and drinking tea!  After enjoying the view a little longer, we started the trail up Mount Oxford.  It was a super long hike with a lot of uphills and downhills.  We weren’t able to make it to the top of the mountain because a storm was rolling in.  It was still totally worth it though!  The next day, we continued our journey along Elkhead Pass.  It was one of the longest days, but it was beautiful.  When we were halfway to out campsite, we got sparkling apple juice that one of our AC’s brought.  Later, it started raining and we had to set up our tents and wait for the storm to pass.  We didn’t get to our final campsite until 8:30 that night.  On the last day, we got pizza and fresh water and we celebrated in a park.  Oxford/Belford was probably my favorite long trip that I have ever been on, and it was tons of fun.

Krazy Kite Lake, by Toby Utterback

I first thing I thought when I woke up was “mountain!”  I finished packing and rushed out the door.  After a delicious breakfast, I was so excited for the day.  I through my backpack in the car and hopped into the van.  When we finally left, it was a 2 hour drive to Kite Lake!

When we got there we set up our tents and took a little nap.  We ate lunch and then it rained so we stayed in our tents for a while.  After it rained, we got out of our tents and tried to play another game, but unfortunately it started to rain again! And when we tried to cook dinner, it rained again, so we had some more sandwiches!  We tried to sleep but I couldn’t because I was so happy to climb a mountain.  At  1am, we woke up and ate some delicious banana bread.

We started to climb Mt. Democrat, and Bea had to go back because she was sick.  Some other girls were not feeling great, but we continued the climb!  At sunrise, we reached the summit!  It was so pretty and I took lots of pictures.  We started the climb back down and we were calling ourselves mountain goats when we saw a REAL mountain goat!

The climb was really fun and later we caught a fish with our bare hands.  Then it started laying eggs on us.  THE END.

Pony Express, by Jovanni May

My trip was a horse 3 day.  It started Tuesday and ended Thursday.  My wrangler was Jamie.  The other counselors were Jessica and Maggie.  We were told to bring sleeping bags the night before to the barn.  Tuesday morning at the barn was LONG.  Some of the horses, including mine, were still in the pen, but it didn’t take long to get them out.  My horse, Amigo, was very sweet.  He was very handsome.  He had a white coat with brown specks and a brown mane.  It took us about an hour to get ready to leave!

We rode to Pike’s Peak Research Station first, and then we rode to Quick’s Homestead.  In between, we were caught in a storm, but otherwise it was a great trip!

Long Trip!  By Izzy Nunez

For my long trip, I did Oxford/Belford, where we climbed two 14ers and Elkhead Pass.  On the first day, we got dropped off at the trailhead and started hiking.  It was only about two miles to our campsite, and it was all uphill.  A lot of my friends and some great counselors were on the trip, so it was lots of fun.  When we got to the campsite, we had some dinner that was delicious, including my personal favorite, no bake cheesecake.  Then we hit the sack to get enough sleep for the next day!

Day 2 was climb day, when we would summit Oxford and Belford.  We woke up at 2am and started climbing at 3am.  We had to start early because thunderstorms come in around noon so we had to be off the mountain by then.  Before we reached the top ridge, one girl had to go back because she was sick.  Once we reached Belford, the view was amazing!  Then we proceeded to climb Mt. Oxford, which was also amazing.  The hike back to the campsite was short because it was almost downhill.  We had dinner, then went to sleep to wake up early the next day to climb Elkhead Pass!  On the 4th day, we hiked super fast so we could get to the pick up spot and go back to camp.  On that hike, we even saw a cowboy riding a donkey!  During this trip, I made lots of new friends and had some moments that I will never forget.  I love Oxford/Belford!

A few camper stories

Friday, February 17th, 2012

A few stories to send you into what is hopefully a good weekend for you…

Hi, I’m Daniela and I want to tell you about a great horseback riding experience! Here at Sanborn, they teach you everything about the horses and give you time to love them. There is time to appreciate and learn about them. The wranglers help you understand the horses and how horses understand your feelings. Horses teach you how that everything is possible! They give you a feeling of comfort, even though the horses are bigger than you. The horseback riding experience at Sanborn is unforgettable and you shouldn’t miss it!

I love horses! I ride English at home and compete in lots of horse shows. I really love to come to camp and ride Western. It is fun and relaxed and I still learn a lot. The wranglers are all really nice! I am able to sign up for lessons on Saturdays, go on a horse overnight, and different rides in the morning and afternoon. Even though it is a different type of riding, the wranglers help me improve my riding skills so I will be a better rider when I go home. I like going on trail rides because we get to play games on horseback and talk to our friends. I definitely recommend riding while at Sanborn!

We are getting ready for our last overnight this week. I am really excited to go on the Pirate overnight. I heard we get to build a pirate ship, go on a scavenger hunt, and play fun games! I loved all of my trips and activities this summer. I can’t decide which is my favorite! I am going to be really sad to go home soon. I have made such great friends this session – I’ve made some new friends and spent time with some people who were here last year. This has been such a fun summer and I can’t wait to come back next year!

Camper Stories

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

We are already gearing up for another amazing summer! As we think about the adventures we’ll be having, it is fun to reflect on some trips from last summer.

Hi everybody. My name is Emma and this is my second year coming to Sanborn. I climbed my first mountain EVER last Monday and Tuesday. It was Mount Ouray. It was very difficult, but a great experience. We summitted after 9 hours of hiking and rock scrambling. The view from the top was unbelievably beautiful. There is no way that anyone who has not climbed a mountain understands what it’s like – it’s amazing! Long trips start today for some people, but mine starts tomorrow. I am climbing my second mountain, Pikes Peak, as a 4-day trip. Camp is going by so quickly and it is so much fun! Sanborn is the best summer camp ever!         – Emma Williams

Last week was SOLE for us freshmen. I was in the Colorado Trail / Belford group. We spent three days hiking the Colorado Trail, which was gorgeous. One Wednesday we were driven to the base of Oxford-Belford where we hiked up a trail for 1.5 miles with pickaxes and shovels. The next day we hiked another 2 miles to our trail work site where we moved rocks to cover up a false trail. The work was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. However, it was completely worth it when we looked down at our work and saw what a difference we made.        – Carly

The food here is very delicious and there is a lot of variety. It doesn’t matter if you are vegetarian, vegan, or whatever, the Sanborn kitchen will have something for you! The kitchen staff put out peanut butter and a salad bar, and oatmeal for breakfast, besides what is served on the tables. YUM! Sanborn gives us healthy and good meals! We have water, tea, juice, and milk to drink – no sodas (unless sometimes bought at the store). At the end of lunch and dinner there are desserts, like cookies or brownies or other yummy stuff! There is no better place to get food than the Sanborn Kitchen!       – Raquel

Remembering Camper Stories

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Camp has sadly come to an end for the summer of 2011. Things are very quiet at Big Spring and High Trails! While we are already looking forward to next summer, we want to share a few more stories from this summer…

Today we went horseback riding. We all put on our jeans and boots and walked to the barn. First we talked to our wrangler about how to saddle our horses before our ride. The sun was blazing hot, but luckily we all finished saddling quickly. My horse was named Popcorn. She is dark brown and pretty tall. We walked through all the pretty trees and mountains. At about noon we stopped for lunch. YUM! We tied our horses to trees and enjoyed a delicious meal. Turkey sandwiches and fruit. After we ate, we got back on our horses and started to head back to camp. On the way back we took a different trail and saw colorful flowers and lots of trees. After an all-day ride, we got back to the barn and untacked our horses. This was probably the best horseback riding trip ever all because of SANBORN!!
Abby G.

One day early in the morning we got up and dressed to go on our all-day horse ride. It was really fun! When we got to the barn I looked on the sheet and I got Rafter. Rafter was a tall horse. He was really sweet and listened to everything I told him to do, and he loved to trot fast. I loved him so much. When we got back, we put the horses in the pen. Rafter dropped on the ground and started to roll in the dirt. I said “Rafter I just brushed you” and he just looked up at me, stood up, and came up to the fence and licked my hands.
Alexandra D.

There are lots of fun things to do at Sanborn. The fun thing I just did was the Artsy Overnight. It is a hike to Tie Cabin and we make art. It took us about twenty minutes to get ready with our backpacks full of food and tents. And then we were ready to go. It took about two hours to get there and set up our tents. Then we started to draw, make key chains, rock necklaces, and so much more. The day went by so fast. It was time to go to bed. I was sad to leave the fun things that we were doing, but I knew that a bunch more fun things await me and my campmates!
Addie T.

We just got back from our very fun overnight, the Artsy Overnight. When we got back, we went to outcamp to wash dishes and put away the food. We had a delicious lunch of hamburgers, french fries, and root beer floats. We met at the lodge for our afternoon activities – I chose blogging. I know we are going to be very sad to leave our new friends we made at Sanborn. But most of us are coming back for another summer of fun!
Taylor L.

Campers’ Summer Stories

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

CORE (Community OutReach Experience) Horse was a very educational, growth encouraging, and fun-filled experience for me. A lot of people think riding a horse is very simple. But it takes a lot more work than just sitting in a saddle and pushing the horse forward. My group learned things from how to scoop manure to how to do Key Hole in gymkhana. You learn how to face your fears of riding bareback on a horse and how to communicate with your horse through your body, not just your actions. We learned how everyday wranglers, like Jessie, Will O., and Maren, wake up at 5am to feed and pull horses for us campers throughout the day. And then they don’t get to sleep until 10pm. CORE is a great experience and I will never forget it. Thank you Sanborn!
Mimi C.

Sanborn is the BEST camp ever! You meet lots of great people here and they are very nice to you. My favorite part of camp is the good. The chefs are amazing! And nice. :) The one thing that is great about this camp is that you get to choose almost everything you do here! I can’t wait to climb a 14er! The view is beautiful everywhere you go. There are trees everywhere! We follow a practice that is “Leave No Trace.” That basically means don’t litter, leave stuff behind, or carve your name into trees. I most certainly can’t wait for my 2nd year in 2012!
Lauryn G.

There are so many things to do at High Trails, and fishing is one of them! We went fishing and it was so much fun! We learned how to fish in 3 simple steps. Cast, reel, and viola! You probably have a fish. We used marshmallows as bait. There were a lot leftover, so we ate them. We heard that the boys caught a 19in fish in the pond, so we were hopeful! In the end, everybody had caught something – reed, sticks, themselves. Overall everybody enjoyed themselves and were full of marshmallows!
Mia M.

I am a junior at HIgh Trails, but I wish I were here for a month because it is so much fun here. One of my favorite things is the horseback riding, which I absolutely love, but everything at Sanborn is fantastic so I’m not picking favorites! Today we came back from our last overnight at Tie Cabin, which was awesome. It’s amazing that eleven days have done by because it feels like two days. I am definitely coming back to Sanborn!!!
Katherine S.

More Camper Stories

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Camp is like a home away from home. Every year is full of fun, adventure, and excitement. I have been with the same group of girls that now feel like family; I can be as crazy as I want to around them. Camps is also the only time I really get out into nature and no amount of technology can compensate for living with nature.

The Warrior Dash
The warrior dash was such a blast! We had all these different teams and challenges that we had to complete. These are just some of the things we got to do. First we went to the warrior sing and had to make up a song for our team. Next I went to the 4-story treehouse and had to save “King Arthur” by choosing the right silver cup. We tossed shrunken heads (water balloons) back and forth in front of the lodge.
Hope Pohlman

Sanborn Camp is not about sitting around. Sanborn is about determination, courage, and responsibility. Sanborn is about getting in touch with nature, hiking the tallest mountains, riding a horse as fast as you can, and pushing yourself to the extreme! Sanborn is a new beginning and it never has an end. Sanborn camp is happiness, pure happiness.
Victoria Mak

In the world,
we get lost in the commonality
we forget to look for the beauty
we miss the glow of life
Then we come to nature and
we are afraid to look, love, listen
we are afraid that something might be perfect and true
we are terrified that something is real
That’s why together we can accept that
this might be what we’ve been searching for
this might open up our eyes to it all
Then we go back to the world
never to be the same.

Grab your towel, grab your goggles, bring your smile, and run to the pool. Cruise down the slide, and splash in the water. There’s so much to do at the POOL! Paddle around in the blow-up tubes! Use the noodles as any sea creatures. Adventure through the whole pool, there’s so much to do! You can play in the pool or out of the slide. I love the swimming pool! My favorite thing is to hang out in the sun and talk to my friends! Mis loves to go down the slide on a sleeping pad because it goes so fast! Addie loves to go down on a tube! I love the pool! There’s so much to do!
Emily Driscoll

Camper Posts

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I was new at camp the year. When I came I was scared and got homesick. Then everything got better, everyone was really nice!! My counselors were nice too! One of my favorite activities is horseback riding! You get to learn how to put the saddle on and learn how to brush your horse. Skit night was fun. It’s where you and your cabin make up a skit and perform it and everybody at High Trails watches. I like singing songs here like “Rocky Mountain High.”
Katie Neal

High Trails is like a second family to me. We all come here from different parts of the county and come from different backgrounds. But once we are surrounded by all of these beautiful mountains and trees and nature, none of that matters. Every new person is welcomed with hugs and smiling faces. And old friends are never forgotten. You are never bored because there are a variety of things to do. You can horseback ride, mountain bike, technical rock climb, rock scramble, swim, arts and crafts, and much more! High Trails gives me something to look forward to every summer and when it is over I know there are more girls enjoying the Rocky Mountain High.
Mimi Chapman

High Trails at Sanborn Camps is a summer worth of fun. There is something for everyone. Horseback riding, drama, hiking, climbing, pottery, and so much more. Sanborn is a safe environment where kids can learn and grow in the outdoors. We welcome new campers with open arms. Sanborn has become a second home to some and hopefully to you too. Sanborn is an experience you do not want to miss. Have you ever heard the wind dance in the aspen leaves? Have you ever slept out under the stars? Have you climbed to the top of a mountain peak? Have you ever gone tubing down a river? We guarantee you will have a blast! Throughout the term you will learn new things, meet new people, and do things you may not have. I tried Sanborn and I know I am a better person for it. Sanborn is the camp to go to. We hope to see you here next summer!
Kate Ratliff

It’s only the first week of Sanborn, and I can already tell you that walking uphill is A LOT easier. I’m sure by the end I will have gained so much muscle! Hiking a mountain will be a breeze. Then I will spend more time actually seeing the beauty of the Rockies. The hills gently roll, and the mountains…Oh the mountains! Last year when I was hiking up Quandry we got up at 3 in the morning. I can tell you it was well worth the early rise. In the light of the moon, the dew on the pines sparkles and glistened. It was probably one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.
Not using technology was hard at first, but when you get to know how many things you can do without it, it gets easier. There is so much to do here, you really don’t have time for technology. If there’s anything to be said of Sanborn, it’s that you never get bored!
At Sanborn there are 2 sections. One is Big Spring, where the boys live. And I live at High Trails with the girls. It actually makes camp more enjoyable to be separate, you spend less time worrying about looks and boys and more time enjoying the outdoor experience. There are coed events where you get to see the boys. Best of both worlds!
Coming to Sanborn is a wonderful experience, and the people you meet always become your friends. It’s like a family away from family. Cliques don’t exist here. Everyone is there to help you out. If I could spend every summer here, I would say yes without even batting an eye.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

News and Views (and funny stories): from High Trails Campers
July 20, 2011

After cabinside overnights, a few campers spent a few moments writing about their adventures. Others created word lists and traded them with their friends. Then, with the word list they had to write a funny story. We thought we’d post a few for your enjoyment. Happy Reading!

My favorite thing to do at camp is horseback riding! It’s REALLY fun! You get to learn how to brush your horse, put the saddle on, and learn how to ride. You can ride on horse trails! All the horses are really sweet! I like riding Corona! Corona is really nice! You can ride on the ranch too! Every wrangler is nice! Everybody at camp is nice!
My second think I like to do at camp is swim! You get to swim a few times at the pool! The slide is really fun! All the activities at camp are fun! I like going to the Art Barn and making stuff! I like making bracelets!
By Katie

My First Overnight by Stephanie
Once we woke up, we put on our huge backpacks and went over to the lodge to have breakfast. After breakfast we loaded all the tents, food, pots, and pans into our backpacks. We started hiking to our camping location, but after about two minutes we stopped to take a break. We took about an hour worth of breaks before we got Bull Springs. Right away we set up our tents and had some lunch. We chatted for hours and hours about movies and celebrities. Once all of us couldn’t speak anymore, some girls went rock scrambling. Grace and I stayed at the campsite and played a game where you would sing a song and the other person would have to guess what song it was and who it was by. When the girls came back we played games and make friendship bracelets until we heard… Thunder! First time I ever heard thunder. I was scared, but my counselors made sure we were all safe. In the morning we went hiking back to camp.

Directions: use these words (the bold ones) to create a make-believe story, be as creative as possible!

BS Boys met at their lodge to go to spooky campfire while they were there they put on slimey bug spray and long underwear. It also started pouring rain and they saw a bear, when it stopped raining they made marshmallow pie and the counselor said, “AWOOGA” because he burned himself!

Camp is really fun! I love getting letters from my grandma “Meme”, my mom, and my dad. We went hiking with my cabin! We had to bring our backpack. I wish we had strawberries at the campsite. I wish I brought gum to camp. Melon lost her voice at the camp site. Something smelled at the campsite. Some people did a trick. There were some pretty flowers. I kept on saying “Hooyah!” I felt something slimey on the ground. I like going to the pool at the camp.

Some campers were hiking up a big cheese mountain. It was a stinky, moldy cheese mountain. At the top of the mountain they met a “peace man”. He was playing his guitar with his cat Fruffy on his shoulder. “Meow”, the cat said; suddenly … the cat farted and tumbled onto the ground. The package on the ground spilled open and was filled with socks. The cat laid down in them and took a rest period.

A Film From the Big Spring Craft Shop: “As it Happens”

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Movie: "As it Happens"

Movie: "As it Happens"

Our campers have sure been creative this session! They’ve worked with clay, fired pots, painted posters, carved wood, and the list goes on

Throughout this session, a group of four campers worked diligently to create a stop-motion video. Using clay, paper, cardboard, and wire, they put this film together during the Arts and Crafts Saturday Special.

As described by our Arts and Crafts Director, Falcon Craft, “This is what happens when you get a group of creative campers, staff, and just the right amount of magic working together like a fine delicacy.”

Click here to see the video!

True Talent

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Lots of talent at High Trails!

At last night’s High Trails Talent and Art Show, our High Trails ladies demonstrated their guitar playing, charcoal sketching, pastel-drawing, popsicle stick building, skit-making, knitting, song singing, hand-building, dance-creating, laughter-inducing, dramatic reading, flash mobbing and piano virtuoso prowess.

All of the 2nd Term Sanborn Juniors shared their talents with the audience. One of those ladies, Claire Lang, read a poem she had written to the group of over 150 people in Heisler Hall. We wanted to share it with you.

Sanborn Poem

What Sanborn has is clear blue skies and pine needles sewing the earth,
with the ground tanning in the sun and campers gathered around a hearth.

Children wish on polished stones that they skip across the lakes,
for the water reflects off into the sky, making the stones into stars, that make sure in the morning the sun wakes.

Claire Reading Her "Sanborn Poem"

With blue mountain sunrise and Colorado fresh air,
you know you’ll always keep that Colorado feeling with you and everywhere.

With dirt trails covered in horseshoe tracks,
and people waiting for the Ninja squirrel to attack.

Lots of moss covered rocks and games to teach,
and the beautiful horizon just beyond your reach.

Wildflowers dancing in the morning breeze,
and counselors laughing so much they’re about to sneeze.

With yellow finches flying on golden rays,
and starlight streaming throughout all of your days.

But what Sanborn has is Familyhood,
bunched all together in one big wood.

-Claire Lang, age 10

Impressive and Impressionistic Works at the HT Art Show

Familyhood. We couldn’t say it better ourselves. Thank you, Claire.