The Road Less Traveled and Man and His Land are deeply connected. When RLT Director Jim Stein was 15 years old, he traveled for nine weeks on a backpacking trip through the American West. This was one of Jim's defining moments and it planted the seeds for his budding passion for adventure, challenge and community service. Jim led summer programs for Man and His Land founder Nelson Wieters for nine years and touched hundreds of students lives. We like to believe that The Road Less Traveled has continued the stellar tradition of challenge and environmental stewardship initiated by Nelson and Velta Wieters and Man and His Land from the first wilderness adventure program offered in the United States in 1959.
The photo above was taken at the summit of Mt. Rainier. This is at the summit. I carried a Bolex movie camera everywhere I went that belonged to Nelson Wieters, my boss. The film that was taken of Mt. St. Helens erupting was eventually sold or given to the USGS (United States Geological Survey). I tried to get my hands on it but could not do so.
We used to take movies of every part of the trip and show them on the last night of the trip. We would mail the film to Chicago where it was edited and ready for the last night. Those old movies were amazing! Wow.
Parents used to come into Chicago for the last evenings activities and after the movie and closing dinner. Would take their children home....Showing this to the folks at the office everyone said that it looks like Ben Stein, I was 26 years old when these photos were taken. Jim Stein
Nelson E. Wieters1927-1990 Nelson E. Wieters was an assistant professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education at George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois. He was also director of "Man and His Land" expeditions -an experimental program to produce awareness of environmental relationships among adolescents. Wieters also served as the chair for the Department of Leisure and Environmental Resources Administration at George Williams College. He served as a board member for the Fund for the Advancement of Camping (FAC), where he initiated a gift to the FAC following the 1966 ACA national convention for the purpose of establishing Camp Director Institutes (CDI). In addition, Wieters chaired a national task force for the development of the CDI's. He received the honor of being the "first certified camp director of ACA" – a distinction he shared with Edie Klein. He also served as the dean of the Midwest Training Center for ACA.