In the January 2016 Issue of The Petroglyph…

  • 2016 Summer Expeditions
  • Alumni Anecdote: Daniel Capelin
  • Alumni and Sibling Discounts
  • In Photos: 2015 Hidden Gems
  • Deer Hill seeks Sales & Admissions Manager

2016 Summer Expeditions

Gabriel Bernier, Outreach Director

Happy New Year!
Snowier than recent years, the dream of a “White Christmas” was very much a reality at Deer Hill this winter (for those who celebrated the holiday), with the promise of more to come. Hopefully all this snow will set us up for consistent good flows on the rivers this spring and summer. Looking beyond the winter wonderland outside, 2016 brings another year of great expeditions in the Southwest and Costa Rica. The San Juan Classic introduces participants to its namesake river and mountains. Heart of the Rockies, still the epic 17-day mountain backpacking dream will see a new route this year, as will Canyon Country—starting in the ponderosa forests of the Abajo Mountains, hikers will descend into the 1100’-deep Dark Canyon, a paradise of swimming holes and shady cottonwood groves. Pass this on to folks you think might be interested in a Deer Hill summer, or take a look at the 2016 offerings yourself.

Alumni Anecdote

Daniel Capelin, Canyon Country ’10, Wilderness Leadership ’11

Having spent two summers as a camper at Deer Hill, my only regret is that I didn’t start going sooner.  Before I knew it, I was too old and there were no more trips for me to go on.  My favorite summers, the ones that really stand out in my mind, are filled with incredible experiences and memories forged in the breathtaking mountains and canyons of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico with unforgettable people on Deer Hill adventures. One of my favorite memories took place in the middle of nowhere (this tends to happen at Deer Hill) in a canyon in Utah.  I left my hiking boots away from the rest of my equipment overnight, and upon waking up was informed that to get them back I needed to put on a performance, the standard punishment in our group for an offense like this one.  Within two weeks of meeting this group of a dozen total strangers, I had grown comfortable enough to stand up in front of all of them and sing my heart out.  Not only am I not a singer, but I have always been notoriously shy and reserved.  Being able to sing before this group and not only not feel embarrassed, but actually enjoy myself, made this an incredible, fun, and transformative moment for me, and just one among so many others that I will always remember.
– Daniel

Alumni and Sibling Discounts

If you’d like to return for another Deer Hill experience, we’d love to have you back. Please take $200 off your tuition as a Deer Hill Alumnus. Also, families sending siblings, please enjoy the same $200 discount. (As much as we’d love to, we are unable to combine these discounts, though. Thank you for understanding.)

2015 Hidden Gems

In Photos

A lot of photos move across my desk every spring and summer. A lot. Inevitably, I miss a few gems along the way, but maybe a more tragic scenario is when great photos, for one reason or another, don’t find themselves showcased on our website, posters or booklets. Here are a few such gems, dusted off and polished up for their moment in the spotlight. These photos capture the beauty of the places Deer Hill goes, and the joy that many of us find in those places.

Deer Hill Seeks Sales and Admissions Manager

Gabriel Bernier, Outreach Director

The Sales and Admissions Manager supports families and groups through the process of enrolling in a program with Deer Hill. S/he responds to inquiries, screens for an appropriate fit, documents those communications, manages files, and prepares program staff with relevant participant information. This position also manages follow-up correspondence with alumni, and works to expand Deer Hill’s reach to new participants in key market areas, by creating and developing relationships with outreach partners. If you are interested in this position, please read the complete description on the Work at Deer Hill page and then submit a letter of interest and résumé by way of email to, or pass this along to someone you think might be interested.