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Recent graduate Clare Baker on the trail. Photo credit: Vail Recreation District

Colorado Daredevil Graduates

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Written by Dana Brandorff on January 2, 2020

“I grew up racing mountain bikes and cross country Nordic skiing in Eagle,” said Clare Baker. The two sports took their toll on Baker’s body. 

After suffering from concussions, broken ribs, and through hip surgery, Baker spent a fair amount of time in the hospital, where she met “the most incredible nurses who cared for me.” 

Daredevil Clare Baker enjoying Colorado ski mountains.

Baker recalled, “They inspired me to pursue nursing because I hope to one day have an impact on patients like they did on me. Helping them feel less afraid and more comfortable.”

Having grown up in the mountains, Baker has lost friends to the elements. Because of that, “I wanted to learn how to save people who enjoy being outdoors and in the mountains as much as I do.” Before CU Nursing, Baker earned a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Subsequently, she became a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.

Post-graduation, Baker intends to become a flight nurse, where she will assist in search and rescue operations throughout Colorado. A perfect job for an outdoor-loving adventurer.

Top Photo credit: Vail Recreation District


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