WL130 :  Backpacking and Camp Management

This course provides an exciting introduction to backpacking. Choosing appropriate clothing for extended stays in the backcountry is covered. An explanation of equipment needed for a backpacking trip is given as well as the proper use, storage and basic repair of that equipment. Navigation by map and compass is practiced. Exposure is given to the trip planning and preparation process, risk management considerations and outdoor leadership theories. Students are given the opportunity to practice leadership, judgment and decision-making skills. Emphasis is placed on safety, low-impact hiking and camping techniques following the principles of Leave No Trace and environmental awareness. Students must participate in field outings.
Acceptance in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program required, or consent of WLEE Program Coordinator.
Credit Hours: 3
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