OER-3150 Winter Expedition

3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

This course is designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge associated with winter backcountry travel. Topics may include personal preparation; physical conditioning; equipment selection, use and care; backcountry touring and travel techniques; winter camping skills; shelter construction; thermoregulation and energy conservation techniques; snow science; avalanche assessment; route selection; trip planning; nutrition; and group management skills. Students will be expected to create an interdisciplinary aspect to the course by researching and presenting information on such topics as: geology, glaciology, mountain weather, cold weather injuries, ecology, etc. This course involves lecture and an extended expedition. Course topics, travel techniques and venue of the expedition may change annually.