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Scotland: Brian Callahan ’99, M ’01, Ph.D. ’05 and Katie Callahan

Brian Callahan ’99, M ’01, Ph.D. ’05, director of Clemson Extension field operations, and Katie Callahan, director of the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, visited Scotland to explore the Isle of Iona, which has been the victim of ancient Viking raids and a significant pilgrimage site for centuries. “We set off on a hike to one of the island’s amazing colorful beaches with turquoise waters, only to lose our way and walk nearly the whole perimeter of the island. It was our rugged pilgrimage of sorts with a whole lot of metaphors, considering the place!”

Africa: Breen Weir ’15

“I had three weeks between jobs and decided, very last minute, to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro — the tallest mountain in Africa. We arrived at the Lemosho trail head, and about five minutes before we started our ascent, I notice the unforgettable Clemson colors and logo. The purple sweatshirt was worn by a Swahili-speaking, Tanzanian native with a friendly face. We couldn’t communicate well, but the Tiger Pride was there!”

 

Tanzania: Charles Rogers ’10 and Rogers Coxe ’11

Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity brothers Charles Rogers ’10 and Rogers Coxe ’11 and three others climbed 19,341 feet to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, known as “the Roof of Africa.”

“… there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.” – Ernest Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

 

Germany: Shannon Fisher ’13, Jorge Rodriguez, Carson Joye ’15, Elizabeth Zanin ’17, Zach Hadock ’17, Chris Lane ’18, Zack Thomson ’18, Lucas Staccioli ’16, Bill O’Connell ’16 and George Rawls ’17

Shannon Fisher ’13, Jorge Rodriguez, professor of mechanical and bioengineering, Carson Joye ’15, Elizabeth Zanin ’17, Zach Hadock ’17, Chris Lane ’18, Zack Thomson ’18, Lucas Staccioli ’16, Bill O’Connell ’16 and George Rawls ’17 all traveled to Germany on a study abroad trip focused on studying sustainable energy and exploring German culture.

Yosemite: Kristen & Atticus Mabry ’11

We started planning this trip with my uncle (a Carolina Law graduate) over a year ago, and it exceeded all expectations. The views in Yosemite can’t be beat, and the experience is that of a lifetime! All together, we hiked over 55 miles, and ascended to over 8,600 feet at Half Dome. We also hiked up to the top of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Point, Sentinel Dome, and Glacier Point. We ended up running into some Clemson grads and South Carolinians along our adventure and even a freshman starting this year…Go Tigers!

Our Story: We both met at Clemson while undergraduates in the Pre-Veterinary program. Now married, we split our time between Greenville, Greenwood, and Athens, GA. Kristen is a Veterinary Student at UGA and I am a Veterinarian.

Arizona: Kemper Brand ’08 and Sarah Brand ’10, M ’11

Kemper and Sarah Brand flew out to Phoenix, AZ, to see the Tigers play for the National Championship! On the morning of the big game, they climbed Camelback Mountain just outside of Phoenix. The awe-inspiring views at the pinnacle made the tough, rugged 1,300-foot ascent well worth it. It was a wonderful part of the travel experience across the country!