The local bus to Langtang is a bottomless well of surprises.

Though Badami is only 250 miles away from Bangalore, it could be its own country. The tiny town in northern Karnataka is a quiet, religious place with one street. It is also home to some of the best sport climbing in India. Taking an overnight train each way, I spent the last week exploring Badami.

When Orientation Adventure—Pomona's four-day outdoors trip for incoming students often called OA—was cancelled, campus activism sprung into rare form. Within exactly one week, the Dean of Students Office retracted their decision.