It’s 2022 and Upper School Interim has returned!

To the delight of all Upper Schoolers, Interim returned in full force this year with experiences that will last a lifetime.

In “A Challenge a Day Keeps the Doctor Away,” students completed a challenge every day, including a ropes course, a 5K, a 10-mile hike, a ninja course, and the Manitou Incline. Download more pictures.

“A Chip off the Old Block” sent students to Marble, Colo., to learn the art of marble sculpture. Download more pictures.

Students who participated in “Adventure Race Challenge” learned how to explore the backcountry by practicing rappelling, belaying, climbing, and mountain navigation. Download more pictures.

“Be an Archaeologist” took students to Crow Canyon where they spent their days in the field visiting and excavating sites inhabited by Ancestral Puebloans. Download more pictures.

On “Book It” students learned papermaking and bookbinding with a local paper artist and created their own handmade journals. Download more pictures.

“Burn the Stage” offered students the opportunity to learn some new dance moves—Bachata, Latin jazz, and salsa. Download more pictures.

“C3 (Camping, Climbing, and Canyoneering)” took students to Moab, Utah and the beautiful Arches National Park. Download more pictures.

Inspired by Ancestral Puebloan traditions, students on the “Ceramics in the Wild” Interim learned to fire their pieces in a Puebloan-style trench kiln. Download more pictures.

“Earth and Fire” offered a workshop with Robert Schroeder, an accomplished potter and kiln builder from Denver and chance to fire a pot in a Raku kiln. Download more pictures.

On “Exploring the Canyonlands,” students met the challenges of a physically demanding Interim in the heart of southeastern Utah wilderness, including Bears Ears National Monument. Download more pictures.

“Find Your Way: Introduction to Orienteering” introduced participants to this navigation sport,  often across unfamiliar terrain. Download more pictures.

During “Fly Fishing the Front Range,” students fished the South Platte River in Eleven Mile Canyon, angling for beautiful brown and rainbow trout, and also fished the “Dream Stream,” one of the most famous stretches of gold medal water in the American West. Download more pictures.

In “Foodie Heaven,” students worked with a professional chef to learn basic cooking techniques and prepare gourmet meals. Download more pictures.

The “House of ROCK” Interim is all about hands-on experience playing in a band with other musicians at Swallow Hill Music. Download more pictures.

“Hut-to-Hut Skiing” gave black diamond skiers the chance to follow a backcountry route, ascending more than 5,500 feet and covering 25 miles on alpine touring skis, all while carrying heavy packs with five days of supplies. Download more pictures.

Students on the “Make a Difference” Interim spent the week partnering with a variety of Denver service organizations and helping people in need. Download more pictures.

When they left for “Peeps can Climb: Climbing at Shelf Road,” students packed climbing gear, romance novels, and their sense of humor. Download more pictures.

During “Raft the Colorado,” students enjoyed the Ruby and Horsethief Canyon section of the river, with stunning sandstone canyon walls, sandy beaches, and opportunities for short day hikes. Download more pictures.

“Sew Much Fun” offered Upper Schoolers the chance to learn important sewing techniques including project design, making casings, how to hem, and how to add a zipper. Download more pictures.

Students walked (or skied) away from “Ski Building” with their own custom-designed skis. Download more pictures.

During “Space is the Place: Journey into our Universe,” time travelers had the opportunity to explore the nature of spacetime and the universe itself, culminating in a day of hiking at Red Rocks to explore geological time and how Earth history fits into the cosmological picture. Download more pictures.

“Splendor in the Landscape: Immersive Photography Expedition.” The name says it all. Students traveled to Colorado National Monument to create photographic art. Download more pictures.

“Theatrepalooza” allowed creators to immerse themselves in all aspects of theater, including writing a play, designing a set, choreographing a dance or fight scene, and collaborating with other creative people. Download more pictures.

“Throwing Rocks at Houses: The Curling Interim” was for those who missed the Winter Olympics and wanted to add a new sport to their resumé. Download more pictures.

“Ukulele Building” introduced Upper Schoolers to an expert luthier who helped them build a playable, concert-sized ukulele. Download the picture.

On “When in Doubt, Pedal it Out: Fruita Bike Trip,” bikers traveled between red rock canyons, over soaring desert mountains, and on fun free-flowing mountain trails. Download more pictures.

During “Wonderful World of Glass-Blowing,” students worked with professional glass blowers to learn to heat and shape molten glass and understand the intricacies that are involved in creating beautiful works of art. Download more pictures.

“Woodworking and Elements of Modern Design” introduced students to woodworking techniques as they built their own chair and/or stool and one-of-a-kind cutting board. Download more pictures.

“Yoga and You” had students asking, “What could be better than yoga with goats or a trip to the lovely Shoshoni mountain retreat?” Download more pictures.