2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog

PRLS 250 - Wilderness Travel and Sustainability

Credits: 2 (NR)

This experiential course is designed for students with prior backpacking experience. Involves discussions, demonstrations, and activities that teach students wilderness skills, safety and judgment, leadership and teamwork, and environmental ethics. Topics covered include basic wilderness first-aid, hazard evaluation, emergency procedures, expedition behavior, self awareness, judgment and decision making, campsite selection, shelter and stove use, fire building, sanitation and hygiene, cooking, nutrition and rationing, equipment care and selection, staying warm and dry, route finding and navigation, Leave No Trace backpacking, weather, natural history, and wilderness ethics. Application of these skills will occur during the 14-day offtrail backpacking trip in a remote wilderness area. Not only will students practice these wilderness skills, but they will also develop leadership abilities by working in a collaborative team environment.

Designated a Green Leaf Course .

Prerequisite(s): PRLS 120

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 2
Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0