The incoming class of UNC Charlotte Levine Scholars spent three weeks backpacking in Wyoming over the summer. The group included two engineering majors, Jaden Barney of mechanical engineering and Jefferson Cooper of computer engineering. Dr. Karen Thorsett-Hill of Mechanical Engineering was a faculty mentor for the trip.
The trip was led by the Rocky Mountain Branch of the National Outdoor Leadership School. During the 110 mile trek, the group gained 24,000 feet of elevation as it navigated through thick dead fall, disappearing trails, steep, loose rock and mountain passes over 11,000 feet.
In the group photo the Levine Scholars and mentors are on top of the Continental Divide in the Absaroka Mountains. Jefferson Cooper is third from the left, Jaden Barney is 9th from the left, and Dr. Thorsett-Hill is on the far right. The second photo is Dr. Thorsett-Hill and Jaden.