Spring 2015 courses

OLER 210-001

Foundations of Adventure Education

3 Credits


An introduction to the professional expectations, responsibilities and global opportunities in adventure education. Topics include the meaning of adventure education, clients and settings, the difference between personal recreation and professional preparation, environmental and social impacts, public land resources, and international trends. Two weekend field outing experiences are included. This course is required for the OLER degree.
 

Instructor: Staff                    Limit: 12
Start Date: 1/12                   Lab Fee: $60.00
End Date: 3/09
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Mondays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Field Classes: Friday to Sunday, February 13-15, multiday field session

 

OLER 155-001

Introduction to Gym Climbing

1 Credit


This course is designed for the beginning climber or for the climber who needs a review of the basics of climbing in an indoor climbing gym setting. This course will cover the topics and skills necessary to safely boulder, top rope, and lead climbing at the HHPC climbing wall. Topics include safety, knots, belaying and basic climbing technique. In addition, this course is designed to improve the climbing ability and fitness level of those enrolled. Physical participation is required and students are encouraged to work at their own pace. This course is suitable for all ability levels. Must be 18 years or older to register.

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 12
Start Date: 1/13                     Lab Fee: $45.00 (HHPC Membership)
End Date: 1/29
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

OLER 161-001

Winter Backcountry Travel

2 Credits


This course is designed to cover the skills necessary for extended winter camping and travel in the backcountry on snowshoes or backcountry/telemark skis. Basic ski and snowshoe technique will be taught. The class will cover the skills, theory and practices related to winter camping. Student will learn winter equipment selection and usage, snow shelter construction, stoves and cooking, cold related illnesses and avalanche safety.

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 10
Start Date: 1/13                           Lab Fee: $120.00 (Food, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 2/10
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Field Sessions: Saturdays, January 17 & 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Overnight Trip: Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8

 

OLER 162-001

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

1 Credit


This class will cover winter backcountry travel, safety and equipment while using the comfort and convenience of a backcountry yurt. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn to make turns in the untracked powder, assess snow stability and route selection. Participants should have some ski/snowboarding experience and be able to carry a backpack while on skis or snowshoes.

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 8
Start Date: 1/21                     Lab Fee: $120.00 (Yurt, Food, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 2/1       
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Wednesday, January 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
Overnight Trip: Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1

OLER 255-001

Wilderness First Responder

3 Credits


This course is designed for students who will be working with groups in the backcountry setting at a professional level.  Course content will address the issues of long-term patient care, survival skills and backcountry rescue techniques.  Class will be heavily field- and scenerio-based.  Upon successful completion, students will be certified as Wilderness First Responders and in CPR through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC).  This class is required for the OLER degree.  The class begins online February 23 and culminates with the clinical and classroom sessions from Saturday March 21 to Wednesday March 25 on the SJC Main Campus.

Instructor: Staff                 Limit: 18
Start Date: 2/23 (Online class begins)                           Lab Fee: $400.00 (Cert, Books)
End Date: 3/25       
Location: HHPC Room 
Classroom Dates: Online February 23 - March 20, Classroom March 21 - 25

 

OLER 163-001

Avalanche Clinic Level I

1 Credit


Designed to teach the basics of the avalanche phenomenon. Students will learn how to recognize potential hazards and how to evaluate snow pack conditions. The use of avalanche beacons, probe lines and searching techniques will be covered both in classroom sessions and in the field through simulated rescue situations. Upon successful completion of the course students will be certified as Avalanche Level 1 through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 12
Start Date: 2/20                          Lab Fee: $80.00 (Cert, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 2/22        
Location: TBD
Classroom Dates: Friday, February 20 in Farmington from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Field Sessions: Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

OLER 113-001

Introduction to Adventure Education

3 Credits

 

 Designed to present the concepts and ideas of adventure education to novice outdoor adventurers and educators.  The class will provide students with a basic introduction to the teaching and learning theories of Adventure and Experiential Education through classroom time and field experience.  Field skills portion of the class includes opportunities to be facilitated through the SJC Challenge Course, learn the basics of several Adventure Education activities, and take part in a two-day field experience.  Students need to be in good shape and willing to adhere to the SJC OLER Code of Conduct, as well as the willingness to adapt to possibly uncomfortable, exhausting or stressful situations.  A required class for the OLER certificate.

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 10
Start Date: 3/31                    Lab Fee: $120.00 (Food, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 4/28
Location: HHPC Room 
Classroom Dates:Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Field Sessions: Saturdays, April 4, 11 and 18

Overnight Trip: Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26

 

OLER 165-001

Mountaineering

2 Credits


Introduces students to the basic skills of high alpine technical mountaineering. A broad range of skills and knowledge that are essential to the practice of mountaineering will be covered. Topics include the alpine environment, route finding and navigation, movement over snow, ice, and rock, rope systems, equipment selection, safety, and evacuation procedures.

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 10
Start Date: 4/1                         Lab Fee: $120.00 (Food, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 4/22       
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Field Sessions: Saturdays, April 4 and April 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Overnight Trip: Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19

 

OLER 220-001

Experiential Education

3 Credits


The course will begin with a brief review of the history, purpose, and application of Experiential Education before transitioning to specific activities involved with the Ex Ed Theory and the High Challenge Course. Topics include equipment, individual element description and safety, belay techniques, activity introduction and framing, spotting techniques, instructor awareness, activity variations and introductory processing, inspection, maintenance, emergency procedures, participant screening, accident reporting, and rescue skills. The class will delve further into the use of experiential education in all educational settings through projects, challenges, readings, field trips discussions and personal experience.

Instructor: Staff                                Limit: 18
Start Date: 2/11                                       Lab Fee: $40.00 (Equip, Trans)
End Date:  3/18       
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Field Sessions: Saturday 2/28 and Sunday 3/1, Saturday 3/14 and Sunday 3/15, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

OLER 270-001

Avalanche Clinic Level II

2 Credit


The Level 2 course is a four-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills.  This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the Level 3 certificate.  The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.  Class outcomes include: an advanced understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis; ability to discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphosizes over time; ability to discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability; knowledge of standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability.  SWAG MODULE Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms, introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework, improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials.

Instructor: Staff                     Limit: 8
Start Date: 3/26                          Lab Fee: $120.00 (Cert, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 3/29     
Location: Durango, Classroom TBD
Classroom Dates: Thursday, March 26 in Durango, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Field Sessions: Friday to Sunday, March 27-29, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

OLER 178-001

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

1 Credit


This course is designed to introduce students to the world of Kayak Touring and Sea Kayaking. The class will consist of classroom, pool and lake time and will cover topics including but not limited to kayak navigation, waves, tides and currents, ocean and lake environments, weather, packing, rescues, safety, expedition planning and much more. Depending on conditions this class can earn students a ACA Level III or IV Card of completion.

Instructor: Staff                                 Limit: 10
Start Date: 4/9                                Lab Fee: $60.00 (Equip, Trans, Pool Fees, Food)
End Date: 5/3
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Field Session: Saturday, May 2 to Sunday, May 3

 

OLER 157-001

Sport Climbing

1 Credit


Designed for the experienced climber who wishes to gain the knowledge and skill to safely "lead climb" in an indoor and outdoor setting. This course will cover the topics and skills necessary to safely LEAD climb at the HHPC climbing wall. Other topics will include; a review of the basics, lead-climbing safety, belaying the leader, lead climbing technique, falling and advanced climbing technique. This course is designed to improve the climbing ability and fitness level of those enrolled. Prerequisites: OLER 155, OLER 156 or permission of Instructor or OLER Director.

Instructor: Staff                      Limit: 10
Start Date: 4/20                             Lab Fee: $80.00 (Food, Equip, Trans)
End Date: 4/26        
Location: HHPC Room
Classroom Dates: Monday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Overnight Trip: Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26

 

OLER 175-001

ACA Swift Water Rescue

1 Credit


This course is aimed at trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills.  Critical judgment and rescue awareness, impacting both personal and group safety are emphasized throughout the course.  Although new technical skills will be taught, this class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios.  Scope and content of the course will vary, based on participant needs, interests and experience.   This is an ACA-sanctioned class and participants who complete the training will receive an ACA Card of Completion for SWR level III, IV, or V based on performance and aptitude.

Instructor: Marcel Bieg                 Limit: 15
Start Date: 5/1                             Lab Fee: $40.00 (Cert, Equip)
End Date: 5/3       
Location: HHPC Room 
Classroom and Field Dates: Friday, May 1 to Sunday May 3, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

 

 

   

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