OER-2062 Advanced Backpacking

2 credits

Prerequisite: OER-1061 (or equivalent backpacking experience) and permission of instructor.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their backpacking skills and experiences, and to learn the intricacies of group leadership for backpacking. Topics will include route planning, equipment selection and care, meal and ration planning, group travel, decision-making, recognizing weather patterns, and group safety. The field session of this course may include greater challenges than those found in the introductory backpacking course due to weather conditions, length of trip and/or terrain.