Henry Duerr

Henry Duerr is passionate about exploration and literature. He is involved in rock climbing, mountaineering, and writing . His goals for the year are to gain a deeper global understanding of the word community, and help others while doing so.My favorite quote is from the wilderness enthusiast, literary legend, and my personal hero, John Muir : "The mountains are calling and I must go".


Life lessons from a four year old

I’ll admit it: I never really liked kids. While I enjoy working with them, and certainly don’t hate them, I never really understood the appeal of having a tiny, incompetent roommate who doesn’t pay rent or do the dishes. And then I made my first friend here in Ecuador. Allow me to explain via my…

04 March, 2017

Status Report: Anecdotes from Azuay

With my mind turned home to during this holiday season, I would like to share a few stories with you all about my new home. Many of you, I am sure, are gearing up for the seasonal festivities that come every December. As am I, albeit against my will. I enjoy the holiday season, I’m…

21 December, 2016


There are many things I wish I could tell my younger self. The mistakes I could save him from, the triumphs I could coach him to. The wisdom I could impart to him could fill a book. It has. But I’m not sure he would recognize me. I never anticipated becoming the person I am…

29 October, 2016

Stretching, but not tearing

Here I am. I have been in country for exactly a week now, and so much has already transpired. Take for example, this morning: Around 8 o’clock, there was a 4.4 magnitude earthquake. It took place no more than 100 kilometers from Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and the city in which I currently reside….

04 September, 2016

Finding old friends and new purpose

Here I stand, balanced at the edge of an incredible precipice. I need not look over the edge, nor fear the fall I shall soon take. Because for the first time in a very long while, I am not alone. As many of you may know, I have chosen to defer my matriculation at Hobart…

23 August, 2016

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