Earn Credits with Outdoor Adventures!

Outdoor Adventures offers academic and recreational courses throughout the year. These courses are a great way to develop your wilderness leadership skills and expand your resume. The REC and NRM classes allow you to learn a new sport, travel into Alaska's backcountry and gain the experience and confidence to do these sports on your own or with friends in the future.

Spring 2016

 

NRM 361- Advanced Wilderness Leadership- 3 credits

This course will take the student through the full progression of wilderness leadership skills.  We will start in the classroom with a series of concepts and guiding principles of leadership including; group dynamics, risk management, environmental ethics, minimum impact camping, forest and arctic natural history, and adaptable judgment and decision-making. Next the course will allow the students to choose, plan and implement a 10-12 day wilderness expedition.  The students will focus on the logistical, practical, budget and safety concerns of this expedition.  During this student planned journey we will apply and test the concepts of leadership in the field.   The student will also continue to hone their hard skills such as: hiking through boreal forest and along tundra ridges, river crossing, bear safety, snowfield crossings, navigation, leave no trace ethics, group dynamics, route finding and other field skills necessary to have a safe and enjoyable expedition.  The primary means of transportation for this expedition will be hiking, but we may also utilize skis, snowshoes, or watercraft such as packrafts.

Field Fee: $395 + 3 Credits

Class Meets- Mondays 5pm- 7pm- 3/21 thru 5/16

Final Capstone Field Experience 5/24-6/4               

RECR F180A- Expedition Rock Climbing

This course is designed to take students who have a grasp of the basics of rock climbing and sport leading to the next level with their climbing.  The cracks in J-Tree are a great place to introduce the fundamental techniques of crack climbing.  The huge number of granite climbs of Joshua Tree National Park is also an ideal setting for developing the ability to place trad gear effectively.  Though this progression we hope to develop student skills and confidence to be ready to do moderate trad leading by the end of this week long course in California.

Class Field Time- March 13-19  Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Field Fee $675 + 1 Credit

RECR F160F- Introduction to Mountaineering

This course is designed to take the student who is interested in exploring the mountains of Alaska and introducing them to the sport of mountaineering. Mountaineering is much more than hiking up a steep hill, it requires a set of skills to safely travel and scale to the top of the mountains. Skills to be covered include traveling as a rope team, crevasse rescue, avalanche awareness, climbing protection and winter camping. The course operates a majority of time outside and students should be prepared for an Alaska winter.  By the end of this course students will be able to be functional and comfortable while out in the winter mountain environment which they will encounter on future trips.  This includes developing ski skills necessary for travel in the mountains as well as a system of gear which they find to work for them here in the mountains of Alaska.  Students will be able to follow reasonable crevasse travel procedures including knowledge of self and group rescue in the event of a crevasse fall.  Students will understand

roped travel and snow and ice anchors and when they are applicable in mountain travel and climbing.  Students will have a basic understanding of avalanche safety.

Course meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:40-5:10pm- 1/13- 3/31

10 days of weekend field sessions and climbs during this time as well

Field Fee- $325 + 2 credits       

RECR F140L -- Technical Climbing: Ice
An introduction to the fundamentals of ice climbing.  Topics will include hazard evaluation and risk assessment, equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, anchor construction, rappelling and various climbing techniques. The class will meet at the outdoor ice tower and indoor wall. In addition to the weekday class sessions we will have four 1 day field trips to local climbing sites.

Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm 

$100 Field Fee +1 Credit

RECR F140L -- Technical Climbing: Ice & Rock

An introduction to the fundamentals of rock and ice climbing.  Topics will include hazard evaluation and risk assessment, equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, anchor construction, rappelling and various climbing techniques.  The class will meet at the outdoor ice tower and indoor wall. In addition to the weekday class sessions we will have four 1 day field trips to local climbing sites.

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm

$100 Field Fee + 1 Credit 

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