SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Some college students spend semesters away from school contemplating art at the Louvre in Paris, exploring pyramids in Egypt or trekking across China.
But for about a dozen students from around the nation their time off campus this fall meant going deep into the Pacific Northwestern wilderness, backpacking through mountains, studying river ecology and waiting on weekly air supply drops.
The novel program from the University of Idaho dropped college students in one of the most remote locations in the U.S. for more than two months, giving them a unique sense of what organizers call the "complex and symbolic" American West.
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