Mountain Expedition Skills Practicum
- Semester: Summer
- Course Number: AS334
- Instructors: David Gilligan
- Credit: 2
This field course builds on foundational outdoor skills and trains students in all aspects of trip design and implementation through immersion on a sustained multi-week expedition in a remote mountain environment. We begin with logistics, including route selection and itinerary development, food planning, equipment selection and preparation, and establishment of group culture. As we move to the field, we learn, practice and hone skills such as minimum impact camping techniques, map reading and navigation, backcountry medicine establishing and maintaining high functioning field camps, equipment maintenance and repair, group communication and organization, expeditionary leadership and travel skills such as cross-country backpacking, routefinding, general mountaineering, snow and glacier travel, etc. This course runs in the Sierra Nevada and the Southern Rockies alternating years.