257. Summit Quest
In the 1980’s wilderness therapy was the new big thing when it came to save teenagers from depression, acting out, etc. There was no limit what so ever to what nature itself could cure.
But today we know that wilderness therapy also include risking the lives of the teenagers we put in the programs. The environment is not only unfamiliar, it is unforgiving. The parents of 15 year old Michelle Sutton didn’t know that. They believed the seller of the program – now known as Gayle Degraff. Tragically Michelle Sutton died in the wilderness. The employees were not instructed and trained to evacuate her quickly and she died away from her family.
It couldn’t be fun being in the desert surrounded by untrained employees who didn’t know what they were doing. Gayle Degraff is still active in the business.