Hey all, this is Matt Kneipp here, Trevor’s right hand man for his research expedition this summer. We’re very close to pushing off to a world of mountains and exploration. We’re here in Randle, Washington attending the wedding of the soon to be Seth and Jessica Thomas. They are a couple much in love and I wish them the best of luck with their new life together. Recently I had a big life event of my own. Earlier this month I graduated from Western Washington University with my Bachelors of Environmental Science. I almost can’t believe it actually happened. I’ve been to 4 different schools in two different states, changed my major once then changed it back again, and provided my parents with enough stress to last a lifetime. And finally on June 13th I made that walk across the stage into a new chapter of my life.
After all my reflection on past years, I have to give thanks to my family. They have been so supportive with my decisions, while I worked toward completing my degree. Without their help I don’t think I could have done it. I also have to thank all my friends, old and new; you’ve made me who I am today and we’ve shared some great experiences along the way. Finally I have to give a shout-out to the amazing professors and staff at WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment. They provided me with the motivation and resources I needed to get through school. I’ve learned so much from all you important people!
Even though I’m out of school the learning will continue. I couldn’t be more excited to start this new part of my life. Trevor, and I will be heading to the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho where we’ll be spending about two weeks trekking different peaks in search of THE flower S. austromontana. Without a doubt this trip will be life changing, full of challenges and rewards, so I say bring it on. Let us start this new chapter. Climb-it Change here we go!