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Purpose: To develop the student’s leadership and technical outdoor skills in the context of a wilderness expedition. The primary focus is on leadership development.

Dates: May 19 – June 15, 2011

Cost: Approximately $450 plus tuition for nine credits – includes, food, group and technical equipment, permits, contractor services. (Personal equipment, personal expenses while traveling and transportation not included)

Number of participants:  11

Pre-Trip Responsibilities:

·         Purchase Backcountry Classroom and Field Manual

·         Research topics and develop lesson plans

·         Complete and submit medical and waiver forms

·         Pay $450 lab fee by April 22, 2011. Once provide Mark with copy of the receipt.

·         Engage in pre-trip physical training to meet individual needs

Tentative Schedule (Note: this will change)

Section 1:    May 19– 23

Orientation, rationing, shakedown, introduction to canoeing, challenge course experience (Selu)

Section 2:    May 24 – June 4

Whitewater Canoeing/Rafting & Technical Rock Climbing

Section 3:    June 5 - 14

Backpacking expedition, individual solos, group final expedition (Pisgah Forest, NC)

Return to Radford on June 15th



Instructor of record for RU students: Mark Wagstaff,, 540-831-7724

Hollins University Instructor of record: Jon Guy Owens

Assistant and co-instructors will be part of the experience to provide technical expertise and additional support.



·         All students must carry personal health insurance

·         Cell phones, alcohol and drugs are prohibited

·         This is an educational experience: standard syllabus will be provided that outlines assignments, quizzes and grading procedures

·         WEA certification available

·         Full personal commitment is required for success

·         LNT Trainer Certificate offered

·         Weather could significantly affect the schedule and activities

·         Student drivers must have valid drivers license, car insurance and acceptable driving record. Copies of driver’s license and insurance must be photocopied and submitted with course paperwork.

·         Students must inform instructor of food allergies or dietary concerns

·         Students must be prepared to carry backpacks up to half of their body weight at times

·         Students with allergic reactions must carry their own medication with backup medication accessible to the course instructor


Links to information and forms:

·         Wavier and Assumption of Risk Form

·         Medical Form

·         Lab Fee Memo

·         Draft Field Manual (2010)

·         Student Pre-Trip Check List

·         Sample Clothing and Gear List

·         Teaching Assignment – Text – Grading Overview

·         Image Consent Form

·         Overview of Wilderness Education Association and Certification

·         Teaching Topics