OLER Expedition Courses

The Outdoor Leadership, Education, and Recreation Program offers a variety of Expedition Courses each year. Expedition Courses vary in length from 7 days to 21 days and are offered in different types of adventure travel like sea kayaking, rafting, backpacking, mountaineering, and skiing. See below for the Expeditions being offered this year.

Expedition Backpacking in Rainier National Park

If you enjoy hiking and/or backpacking then this class is a must.  Thru-hike on of the exceptional trails in Rainier National Park, Washington while learning all that is required to plan and initiate a long-distance backpacking expedition.  Class will meet four times prior to field experience June 9, 11, 16, and 18, 5:30 - 8:30 pm and then leave for the expedition June 20 - 28. Class will be in remote areas at high elevation for most of the field class.  Lab fee of $700.00 covers transportation from Albuquerque to Rainier National Park and back, food, permits and equipment.  Students must be in good physical condition and able to carry up to 60 lbs for extended amounts of time.  For more information on Rainier National Park, go to:


Expedition Sea Kayaking

The Sea Kayak Expedition course is focused on helping the student learn to travel safely and efficiently by sea kayak.  The course includes introductory navigation, boat lean and edging, rolling kayak maneuvers, equipment, loading, expedition planning and behavior and open water rescues.  Class will have four pre-planning sessions on July 14, 16, 21, and 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.  The field portion of the class will be held during a long-distance sea kayak expedition in the beautiful Apostle Islands National Sea Shore.  Graduates of this course should be capable of planning and paddling a multi-day sea kayak trip.  This is an ACA Skills class and successful participant will earn an ACA Card of Completion.  Lab fee of $700 covers all transportation from Albuquerque to Apostle Islands and back, food, permits, and equipment.



Send an email to outdoor@sanjuancollege.edu.