Earn Credits with Outdoor Adventures!

Outdoor Adventures offers academic and recreational courses throughout the year. These courses are a great way to develop your wilderness leadership skills and expand your resume. The REC and NRM classes allow you to learn a new sport, travel into Alaska's backcountry and gain the experience and confidence to do these sports on your own or with friends in the future.

Spring 2019

NRM F161      Introduction to Wilderness Leadership Education

3 Credits

This course includes both theoretical and practical exposure to quality judgment and decision-making, environmental education techniques and leadership development in the wilderness setting. This course is based in many of the concepts of the Wilderness Education Association's 18 essential components of wilderness leadership and backcountry safety. Throughout the course students will develop their technical skills, group management techniques, risk assessment tools, and much more. Course material will focus on current theories and principles used in the outdoor recreation field. The field portion of the course includes detailed instruction in and mentored experience with modern backcountry travel techniques. The course includes an eight day river expedition, which requires students to be prepared physically and mentally.

Instructors: Frank Olive

NRM 361 Advanced Wilderness Leadership

3 Credits

This course will take the student through the full progression of wilderness leadership skills.  We will start in the classroom with a series of concepts and guiding principles of leadership including; group dynamics, risk management, environmental ethics, minimum impact camping, forest and Arctic natural history, and adaptable judgment and decision-making. Next the course will allow the students to plan and implement a 12 day wilderness expedition.  The students will focus on the logistical, practical, budget and safety concerns of this expedition.  As a part of this course the students will get to practice their leadership and education skills in the field by having NRM 161 students along as participants during the first 8 days of the course.  This structure will give the NRM 361 students a chance to truly apply and test the concepts of leadership in the field.   The student will also continue to hone their hard skills such as: hiking through boreal forest and along tundra ridges, river crossing, bear safety, snowfield crossings, navigation, leave no trace ethics, group dynamics, route finding and other field skills necessary to have a safe and enjoyable expedition.  The means of transportation for this expedition will be hiking and watercraft such as inflatable canoes and kayaks.

Instructor: Frank Olive

Prerequisites: NRM 161 or equivalent; permission of instructor.

RECR F140H T01     Beginning Rock Climbing
1 Credit

An introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing. The primary objective of this course is to allow students to safely and competently enjoy the sport of rock climbing in the climbing gym, and prepare them for outdoor rock climbing. Students will learn to recognize risks and hazards associated with rock climbing and how to avoid or minimize them. Topics will include climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, lead climbing, anchor construction, rappelling, climbing techniques as well as hazard evaluation and risk assessment.

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

Instructor: Andy Sterns

RECR F140J T01     Intermediate Rock Climbing
1 Credit 

This class builds upon the fundamentals of rock climbing taught in Beginning Rock Climbing. Topics include more complex anchor building, multi-pitch climbing, rescue systems, trad protection, belaying two followers, lead belaying with a Grigri, and more.

The primary objective of this course is to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in the Beginning Rock Climbing class. Students will learn more advanced climbing systems and techniques to add to their skillset. 

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Prerequisites: RECR F140H or equivalent; permission of instructor.

RECR F140L T01 Technical Climbing- Ice

1- Credit

This course introduces students to ice climbing.

The majority of this course is taught outdoors on ice here on campus and down in the Alaska Range on frozen waterfalls. The primary objective of this course is to allow students to safely and competently enjoy the sport of ice climbing. Topics include ice climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, anchor construction, rappelling, ice climbing techniques as well as hazard evaluation and risk assessment. The course has four scheduled Saturday field trips to the Denali Park Area during the first half of the spring semester.  

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

All technical gear is provided for this class. You will need to provide your own clothing. We do have a limited supply of clothing available to borrow if needed, so don't let a lack of appropriate clothing deter you!

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

There are no prerequisites for this class.

RECR F160F T01 Introduction to Mountaineering

2- Credits

This course is designed to take the student who is interested in exploring the mountains of Alaska and introducing them to the sport of mountaineering. Mountaineering is much more than hiking up a steep hill, it requires a set of skills to safely travel and scale to the top of the mountains. Skills to be covered include traveling as a roped team, crevasse rescue, avalanche awareness, crampon and ice ax use, climbing protection, mountain skiing and winter camping. The course operates a majority of time outside and students should be prepared for an Alaska winter.

Instructor: Frank Olive

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