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Jesse Robertson Talks About Field Camp 2009

This article is reprinted from the 2009 Penn State Geosciences Newsletter

Jesse Robertson - 2009 Field CampPenn State Field Camp 2009: Seven weeks and 8100 miles, 26 men and three women, eight exercises and many firsts. For some, it was their first cross-country road trip. For others, sleeping in tents was new and exciting. For all, it was a time that we won't soon forget, a time spent with friends old and new, in some of the most beautiful spaces America has to offer.

In a long tradition beginning in 1961, summer again saw Penn State’s Geosciences students heading west. We investigated many meters of section at Utah's Book Cliffs, Quaternary landforms of Glacial Lake Bonneville, introductory mapping of Montana and Wyoming's Elk Basin, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Laramide structures expressed near Wildhorse, Idaho, and Sevier-to-recent structures in Little Cottonwood Canyon, neighboring Bells Canyon, and Alta, Utah. Through it all, we struggled together and learned together. We observed, gathered data, formulated ideas, and drew conclusions. We practiced being competent geologists, and although we may have a long way to go, we fulfilled a necessary aspect of a Penn State Geosciences education -- getting up close and personal with geology. 

I formed many special bonds with my fellow field campers, something I feel my colleagues as well as alumni can echo about their respective experiences. We laughed, complained, celebrated, struggled, and grew as one united group of students with the same passion -- understanding the Earth and its past. Over the time and the miles, we learned more about field geology, each other, and ourselves. I want to personally thank all those involved for making seven weeks and 8100 miles so enjoyable and memorable, including the professors, alumni, teaching assistants, and those students I can call my friends, those of Penn State Field Camp 2009: 26 men and three women.