Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WL)

WL110 Introduction to Challenge Course Facilitation

Credits 2Fall

This course introduces students to challenge courses, facilitation and debriefing. Students learn how to lead activities that develop teamwork, communication, leadership and trust. Topics covered include problem-solving initiatives, team building initiatives, ice breakers, games, facilitation techniques and debriefing techniques. Students learn how to facilitate groups on portable low challenge courses.

Additional Course Fee: $56.00

WL120 Introduction to Navigation

Credit 1Fall

This course introduces students to wilderness navigation. Students learn wilderness navigation concepts including map and field bearings, declination, triangulation, contour line interpretation, GPS receiver use, map types, scales and coordinate systems.

Additional Course Fee: $27.00

WL130 Backpacking and Camp Management

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020 each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Concurrent enrollment with WL150 is required.

This course provides an exciting introduction to backpacking. Choosing appropriate clothing for extended stays in the backcountry is covered. An explanation of equipment needed for a backpacking trip is given as well as the proper use, storage and basic repair of that equipment. Navigation by map and compass is practiced. Exposure is given to the trip planning and preparation process, risk management considerations and outdoor leadership theories. Students are given the opportunity to practice leadership, judgment and decision-making skills. Emphasis is placed on safety, low-impact hiking and camping techniques following the principles of Leave No Trace and environmental awareness. Students must participate in field outings.

Additional Course Fee: $146.00

WL145 Avalanche Training: Level I

Credit 1Winter

Registration Requirement: PE185WBT and WL150.

Students are introduced to the basics of avalanches and avalanche avoidance. The course describes a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. MHCC is an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) authorized provider of avalanche training. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be certified as an AIARE Level I Avalanche Technician.

Additional Course Fee: $135.00

WL150 Foundations of Experiential Education and Leadership

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Concurrent enrollment in WL130 is required.

This course is designed to introduce students to the historical background, philosophy and fundamentals of adventure education as well as leadership. Students learn about experiential education, outdoor leadership theory, leadership styles, expedition behavior, decision-making skills and risk management in outdoor education.

Additional Course Fee: $97.00

WL178 Technical Rope Rescue - High Angle

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: WL150

This course is designed to take students from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios. Students learn and practice such skills as pre-planning, size-up and scene management, ascending and descending, belaying, mechanical advantage systems, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging, litter attending and highlines. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be certified as Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level.

WL182 Swift Water Rescue

Credit 1Spring

Registration Requirement: WL150

This course teaches the skills necessary to handle emergencies and perform rescues in a whitewater environment that are essential for all paddlers, from the professional raft guide to the private kayaker. The course begins with classroom instruction, where students learn the basics of rescue gear and preparation, rescue organization, victim stabilization, boat retrieval and rope systems. The second part of the class is spent on the water, where skills such as strong swimmer rescues, shallow water diving and wading, strainer management and victim stabilization are taught. The third part is spent practicing and refining rescue skills during river scenarios.

WL186 Leave No Trace Trainer Certification

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: WL150

Students learn the concepts of Leave No Trace and prepare to teach Leave No Trace curriculum in a variety of settings, such as schools, camps, parks, wilderness and front country areas. Classroom topics include the underlying ethics and seven principles of Leave No Trace. After successful completion of this class, students will be certified as Leave No Trace Trainers.

Additional Course Fee: $5.00

WL245 Avalanche Training: Level II and Rescue

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: WL145 and PE185WBT.

MHCC is an authorized provider of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level II Avalanche Training and Avalanche Rescue. This course uses the standards set forth by AIARE for Level II Avalanche Training and Avalanche Rescue. Course provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. This course is combined with AIARE Avalanche Rescue course and provides students with information on rescue gear, advanced rescue techniques, and companion rescue. Upon successful completion of the class, students will receive an AIARE Level II Technician certification.

WL250 Teaching Adventure Pursuits

Credit 1Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

This course is for outdoor education and recreation leaders. It introduces the methods and techniques used in teaching a variety of adventure pursuits. Students will have opportunity to observe different teaching styles and evaluate the effectiveness as well as the safety practices associated with activities. Students will gain first-hand experience teaching to a variety of learning styles.

WL271 Expedition Field Experience: Backpacking

Credits 2Summer - odd years

Registration Requirement: WL130 and WL150.

This course develops knowledge, techniques, approaches and methodology for teaching and leading wilderness travel experiences. The skills required for backpacking in a remote environment for an extended period of time in the leadership position are covered. Topics include land navigation, route finding, hiking, nutrition, food rationing, decision making and use of judgment. Interpersonal topics include outdoor leadership, communication, group handling, and decision making and judgment relating to group travel and dynamics.

Additional Course Fee: $230.00

WL272 Expedition Field Experience: Rock Climbing

Credits 2Summer - even years

Registration Requirement: PE185RK and PE185RKI.

This advanced skills course introduces and provides many opportunities to practice the advanced techniques and systems required to participate and lead safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound climbing trips. The course includes examination of and participation in top-rope climbing, sport climbing, rappelling, advanced anchors, and basic rock rescue. Students are called upon to perform in the leadership role managing group/client safety and dynamics.

Additional Course Fee: $198.00

WL273 Expedition Field Experience: Whitewater Rafting

Credits 2Summer - even years

Registration Requirement: PE185RT and WL150.

This course focuses on planning all aspects of a multi-day rafting expedition. Students learn to travel safely and efficiently by whitewater raft. Topics include boat control and efficient rowing, raft maneuvers, equipment, loading, expedition planning and behavior, wilderness ethics, Leave No Trace and rescues. The class is held during a long-distance rafting expedition.

WL274 Expedition Field Experience: Mountaineering

Credits 2Summer - odd years

Registration Requirement: PE185OJ and WL150 or program coordinator consent. Students need to be in good physical condition to be comfortable on the field outings.

This course introduces students to the skills of expedition style mountaineering. A broad range of skills and knowledge that are essential to the practice of expedition mountaineering are covered. Topics include logistics; alpine environments; route finding and navigation; movement over snow, ice, and rock; and rope systems. Students also learn the basics of traveling and camping on glaciers as well as crevasse rescue.

Additional Course Fee: $258.00

WL289 Wilderness First Responder

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: WL150

This course teaches how to respond to medical emergencies in the backcountry. This course is designed specifically to provide the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. The focus is on identifying symptoms and providing treatments in the backcountry given minimal first aid resources. lnstruction time is split between the classroom and completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios. Topics include, but are not limited to wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making, not the memorization of lists. Adult First Aid/CPR is included.

Additional Course Fee: $265.00

WL295 Advanced Challenge Course Facilitation

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: WL110 and WL150.

The course begins with a brief review of the history, purpose and application of challenge courses before transitioning to specific activities involved with a challenge course. Topics include equipment, element safety, belay techniques, activity introduction and framing, spotting techniques, instructor awareness, activity variations, inspection, maintenance, emergency procedures, participant screening, accident reporting and rescue skills. Students are also introduced to advanced facilitation and debriefing techniques. Upon successful completion of course and examination students will be certified as ACCT Level 1 Facilitators.

Additional Course Fee: $127.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.