The Elemental Awareness Foundation staff rolls out to Winter Count every year to spend a week in the Desert outside of Phoenix, AZ. Winter Count is one of the largest gathering of wilderness guides, outdoor enthusiasts and primitive living practitioners. Some come to the gathering to prep. for the Zombie Apocalypse while others are there to learn the ancient ways of living. We spend the week learning new skills to take back with us to teach at skate camp through the Elemental Awareness Wilderness Program. Campers will learn shelter building, fire by friction, water purification and natural foraging for food. Check out the photos from our week out in Arizona and be sure to sign up for Element YMCA Skate Camp this summer.
The Desert landscape of Wintercount is inspiring in itself.
The smell of the desert after a rain is like no other
Cody Hager Climbs out of his tent once the desert rain ends.
Element Advocate Mike Kershnar's candle bottles made for a nice campsite alter
Ramp building with materials in the desert means dirt and plywood.
Jared Hager tuck-knee
Andy Dicker Backside Flip
Cody Hager frontside Flip
Cody Hager Frontside flip
We all remember the first time on a skateboard
Fox Hides at Mike Powell's "Abo-Mart"
Jared Hager Applies face paint for mask night