This course explores how people work in groups when facing challenging or unfamiliar situations. Personal development focuses on self-confidence, trusting teammates, and communication. Leadership and group problems solving exercises accompany the technical skill training needed for a 4-day winter backpacking trip in Northern Vermont. Off-trail navigation and a low-tech camping system demand teamwork, thoughtful action, and engagement with the natural world. Wood fires are used for cooking, treating water, drying clothes, and staying warm. Recognition and prevention of cold injuries as well as possible treatment are important leadership and personal responsibilities. Self-awareness of how you act in stressful situations is a focus of reflective writing assignments.
Homework includes reading, gathering the required gear, and practicing skills (including a practice overnight camp-out)
Enrollment Requirements and Options:
There is space for 2-4 student to TA this course.
This pod includes the following course:
Expedition II 3 cr
Please see the description above.