Mt. Mitchell, Wind River Range: Wyoming 2020

Lander, WY

Jul 2—Jul 8, 2020

Amidst the global pandemic’s chaos, a tight-knit group of 7 backpackers embarked on and to the Wind River Range, seeking solace in the embrace of nature.

Setting out from the Big Sandy Trailhead, we charted a course that would lead us to the summit of Mt. Mitchell and the awe-inspiring Cirque of the Towers.

As we traversed the rugged terrain, we found comfort not only in the stunning landscapes that enveloped us but also in the daily practices of our Islamic faith. Through dhikr, prayer, Qur’an recitation, and enlightening classes, we strengthened our connection with Allah and each other, discovering a profound sense of peace and purpose in the face of the world’s uncertainty.

This intimate expedition served as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the unwavering support that our faith and fellow believers provide. It was a journey that transported us to the tranquil beauty of Wyoming’s wilderness and the depths of our own spiritual connection, offering a sanctuary from life’s storms and a renewed sense of hope and strength.


Led by

Ustadh Nadeem Siddiqi

Outdoor Instructor

Ustadh Nadeem Siddiqi is a graduate of Tayseer Seminary and serves as adjunct faculty, teaching a course in community activism while also being involved in various local Muslim organizations and businesses.

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Ustadh Abdalla Husain

Outdoor Instructor

Ustadh Abdalla Husain is a graduate of Tayseer Seminary and an experienced outdoor leadership instructor who currently serves as the Youth Director of the Muslim Youth of Knoxville.

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Yow Feng

Outdoor Instructor

Yow Feng is an experienced wilderness guide and outdoor educator who has led backpacking trips throughout the Mountain West, Alaska, the Southwest, and the Utah canyonlands for over a decade.

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Kate Sirianni

Outdoor Instructor

Kate Sirianni is a seasoned wilderness guide and facilitator with over 15 years of experience leading trips in the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.

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