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Summer 2012: The 50th Summer of High Trails

Monday, April 9th, 2012

2012 is the 50th Anniversary of High Trails so it seems like a little trip down memory lane is appropriate. High Trails opened in 1962 with the lodge and four cabins: The Infirmary, Jumping Juniper, Gold Hut, and Kinnikinnik. Big Spring had been around for 14 years and a lot of the boys who attended Big Spring had sisters who were also interested in camp, so they were ready and willing to come to High Trails. In 1962, there were about 35 girls in each term.

This was before backpacking, so for cabinside overnights the girls would hike to a spring tank on the property, and Nasty Ned or another guy would deliver their Baker tents (three sided green canvas contraptions which had ten foot wooden poles and weighed about 50 pounds—five people could sleep in one but they were not at all watertight), food, large heavy grills and number #10 cans for cooking (no cook kits then).

The whole camp went together by hired bus on off-camp trips and the regular bus drivers became part of the community. These included three or four day trips to Ashcroft near Aspen which included a visit to the sled dogs at Toklat. These included Yukon King, Sergeant Preston’s famous companion (for those of you under 70, “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” was a popular radio/TV show. Just so you know, I had to look it up on Google). Another “long” trip was to the Sand Dunes—the tents here were huge bus tents which weighed hundreds of pounds and had to be set up by the bus drivers. They slept about 25 and were stifling— everyone slept outside unless it was pouring rain.

The whole camp went to the River together (none of the rafts had bottoms and no one had a life jacket so Jaws could be pretty exciting) and to Cripple Creek to watch the melodrama. For in-camp program, everyone chose “Big Deals” and “Little Deals”–programs that met several times each term. There was a horseback riding Big Deal, a hiking Big Deal, a crafts Big Deal and even a dance Big Deal. And on Sunday, everyone wore tan and white, Laura’s favorite colors, had coffee cake for breakfast, and went to Sunday Rocks in the evening (we still have coffee cake and go to Sunday Rocks but the tan and white “uniform” is no longer.)

There were coed events with Big Spring and the advent of High Trails changed Big Spring in some profound ways. Probably the most significant change was that the boys started showering at least one a week. Status was also added to the roles of trash man, who got to pick up garbage at High Trails, and Assistant Counselors, who got to do dishes at High Trails on a rotating basis. Now, of course, the HT Assistant Counselors are girls and the girls do their own trash—but most of the boys still shower on Saturday before the coed event. This was also the beginning of the Camp Marriage Count (now at #66).

Ah, those were the good old days……

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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

High Trails Blog Project Profile #1: Harriet “Hallie” Hargrave

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Opening Campfire, 1st Term 2005 from L: Julie Richardson, Elizabeth Rundle, Chelsea Neidenthal, Alexis Harrell, Erica Le Grand, Harriet Hargrave, Ariella Rogge, Carlotta Avery

Hallie (Harriet) Hargrave was nominated by her former camper, Anna Mae Maloney Gill.  Anna Mae was a High Trails camper from 1998-1992 and has “carried the values and confidence I gained as a camper with me in every new experience I have since faced.”  She is married and has four young children: one five year old boy, and three young daughters, ages 3, 2, and 7 months.  In her former, pre-child life, she was a high school teacher and an attorney

Tell us why you are nominating Harriet: Hallie was my counselor my third year at Sanborn, the summer of 1990.  I was twelve years old and totally unsure of myself and my place in the world.  Hallie was a true individual.  She could talk to anyone, had a wonderful way of relating to pre-teens, and was truly comfortable in her own skin.  Hallie taught me more that summer about self-confidence than I believe I have learned since (and I am now 34).  She remained my friend and confidant long after our weeks at Sanborn ended, as we remained in touch through the mail for many years after.  I now have three little girls of my own, who hopefully will someday share in the Hightrails experience.  I hope, and in my heart trust, that they will, have their own Hallie.” It is the Sanborn way.

Share a story/memory of how Harriet has impacted your life: Four years after Hallie was my counselor, my father suddenly passed away.  At the time, I did not have Hallies phone number so I quickly wrote her a letter telling her I needed to talk with her.  I lived in New Jersey, and, Hallie, I believe lived in Oregon at the time.  The day she received the letter, she called me.  And, even though I hadn’t seen her or talked with her, except through letters, in over four years, she was a great source of comfort in, perhaps, the hardest time of my life.  This is a great testament to the bonds formed at Sanborn.  They last long after the days shared at camp.

Harriet was a High Trails staff member in 89′, 90′, 93′ and, most recently, in 2005.  Beyond dressing up in a few stunning prom dresses, Harriet spent a great deal of time  leading trips, swapping stories, and, in 2005, driving the High Trails trash truck.  She also co-authored the High Trails hit song, “Trash Truck” with Taggert MacDonald.   Harriet currently lives in Portland, OR with her daughter Esther.  She works at Alberta Rose Theatre and is addicted to Facebook Scrabble.

In honor of High Trails’ 50th Anniversary this year, the High Trails Blog Project is a way to recognize the High Trails woman (or women) who has made a positive impact on you, your community, or the world over last fifty years.  Please submit your nomination by visiting  the 50 Years of High Trails page on our website.  Thank you for your nominations!

Nominate YOUR Favorite High Trails Woman Today!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Growing Stronger from then....

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of High Trails Ranch for Girls.  To celebrate we are creating the 50 Years of High Trails Blog Project. This project hopes to acknowledge the depth and breadth of outstanding women who have created a lasting impact on both our camp culture and in the world at large.  These mothers, sisters, best friends, counselors, ridge leaders, trip leaders, kitchen staff and others should all have two things in common: they are amazing women and they all have been, or continue to be, part of the High Trails community.

If you have a photo of you and your nominee together, or of your nominee in action, please attach the image so we may share it–along with a unique story about your nominee–on the Sanborn Western Camps Blog beginning in January 2012.  Our goal is to share the accomplishments of these fantastic women every week on the blog.  Nominations should be submitted via our online form before January 1st, 2012.

Be a part of this historic celebration of women who have learned to GROW STRONG because of their experiences at High Trails.  Nominate YOUR favorite High Trails woman today!

...til now!