A Survivor’s Story: Junior Four Point Edition
The title may be completely misleading, because I don’t know a single person who didn’t enjoy their four point experience. Actually, every Junior made it through the nine days and no one had to be evacuated! Going into Four Point, almost everyone expected it to be filled with harsh weather, crappy food, and sore, aching muscles. Four Point turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life, teaching me how to live in the wilderness, learning many life lessons, and learning about myself as well as my other group members. My weaknesses were other people’s strengths, and there was never a job that no one in our group couldn’t do. The first thing I learned was how beautiful the Maine landscape was. As some one from a fairly urban county right outside of Washington, D.C., I was completely amazed by things like this:
As for the surviving in the wilderness, we learned how important snow was. We used snow to make our fire circles and our shelters, to clean our pots and pans (and to clean other things). Lets just say we didn’t have toilet paper out there! Here’s what our fire circles looked like:
You can see the two pads laid out on the benches, thats what we sat on at the end of the day, after all the hard work was done, drinking hot chocolate, and laughing until we got tired.
After we arrived at our campsite each day, we would have to do a bunch of jobs like building the fire circle, collecting firewood, collecting water, and building shelters. Most of the time, my attitude and eagerness to start the day depended on how well my shelter was built. The quality of my shelter depended on how much snow was piled on the sides of the tent to block the wind, how dry your tent was, and how comfortable it was. We learned that by putting a few spruce branches (spruce trees are basically christmas trees) over the ground tarp, less snow got in, it was more comfortable to lay on, and we were all a lot happier. Here’s what our shelters looked like:
Of course finding a level surface when we were in the middle of a mountain was often very difficult!
I learned that while we lived a very primitive lifestyle for nine days and struggled, there are many people who are in much more destitute situations than we were, and I am extremely lucky not to have to think about shelter, food, and water in my everyday life. Have an awesome Friday everyone!
*All pictures were taken by Ines Maristany ’15 and her group*