Becoming One With Winter on the Sun Prairie

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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. Here, Trent Banks, a volunteer with the ASC Landmark program on the American Prairie Reserve, paints a picture of winter life on the northern Great Plains.

Story by Trent Banks

As an adventurer and explorer of wild places, I live for the mystical moments when our connection to Earth—and indeed life itself—becomes more tangible. Encounters with the elements and beasts that are wilderness can take you unaware, strip you down to your instinctual self, call all your faculties and judgment into play, and force you to explore elements of yourself previously unearthed.

There are moments of transcendence I search out, and then there are moments that seem to find me. The American Prairie Reserve is full of both.

On a cold winter’s morning, the sun begins to show its face. (Photo by Mike Quist Kautz)

I set my alarm to wake with enough time to make coffee and get to the ranch house porch for sunrise, Helios unfurling from over the Larb Hills in a day-glow array that celebrates a new day. A fluttering of wings —> Read More Here


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