by Summer Dowd-Lukesh '14
When Paloma Medina isn’t processing enzymes in a science lab or planning her junior year semester abroad, she’s climbing 700 foot-tall cliffs in Red Rock Canyon or leading hikes in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. “The outdoors brings out the best in people,” says the sophomore biology major. “It’s something I’m really passionate about.”
Medina is a trip leader for Outdoor Women Leaders, otherwise known as OWL . The Scripps College-based 5C outdoor-adventure club offers students an opportunity to leave the “Claremont bubble” and spend time outside the classroom, where they find adventure in all that Southern California has to offer.
OWL prides itself on making the outdoors accessible to everyone, creating a safe and healthy environment to explore, especially for students who may not have previous experience with Mother Nature. Costs are also kept low, and are partially funded by the College, further encouraging participation.
“OWL provides opportunities to city folk or working-class folk like me to not worry about finances and still pursue healthy activities such as camping and hiking,” says Vicki Wong ’14, an OWL co-manager.
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