This course explores on 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, purifying 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). Graded categories also include preparedness for weekly classes and an Expedition skills assessment.
Takes place in the second half of the fall semester and the 6 days after the end of long block.