• Wilderness Expedition Guide


  • Limited Entry, Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Catalog 2017-2018

    This certificate trains students to lead a variety of trips lasting up to 14 days in spring, summer, fall and winter. Students learn how to manage and lead groups in the back-country as well as in adverse conditions and coordinate logistics for extended wilderness excursions. Students also learn how to create backcountry tour plans, navigate with limited visibility, identify and avoid avalanche terrain and develop risk management plans. Students are also trained as Wilderness First Responders.

    Students who earn this certificate could seek employment as backpacking guides, snowshoe and winter camping guides, youth/summer camp leaders, ski guide/instructors, nature interpreters and park guides.

    Admission Requirements

    The Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program is an open-entry program that starts in the fall term only. Prospective students are admitted on a space available basis after academic criteria has been met.

    Students must have a current record on file and meet the minimum prerequisite level in reading, writing and mathematics. Prerequisites can be satisfied by placement into RD115, WR115 and MTH060 on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) or by completion of RD090, WR090 and MTH020 (or equivalent transfer courses demonstrated through official transcripts on file at MHCC).

    Visit College Placement Test or call 503-491-7678 for information about taking the CPT.
    Enrollment: Students can register on a first come, first served basis for fall term in late April when the open registration period begins. Wait lists will be established as the program courses fill to capacity.

    Requirements for Continuing into Winter term

    Students must have the consent of their faculty program adviser and meet the academic requirements of their fall program classes to continue into the second term of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education courses. Students will be provided with clear performance expectations when classes start in September.
    It is recommended that students begin this program during the fall term; however, students may be allowed to take some courses out of sequence with instructor approval.

    The WLEE program is an avalanche course provider for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and partner of Leave No Trace (LNT). In addition, we offer courses through Rescue 3 International, American Canoe Association (ACA), Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC).

    The MHCC WLEE program is a permittee of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Hood National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Parks and Forest and Washington State Parks.

    Continuation

    All courses in this certificate are part of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) Associate of Applied Science (AAS). Students may earn this certificate while pursuing the degree.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate safe winter camping and travel techniques
    • Implement effective leadership styles ad manage groups in adverse conditions
    • Demonstrate proper response to medical emergencies using Wilderness First Responder techniques
    • Navigate a variety of terrain using tour logs, maps and compasses
    • Recognize and avoid avalanche terrain
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    GEOG105 Introduction to Physical Geography
    3
    HPE285OL Wilderness Survival
    3
    WL120 Introduction to Navigation
    1
    WL130 Backpacking and Camp Management
    3
    WL150 Foundations of Experiential Education and Leadership
    3
    13
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    G202 Principles of Physical Geology10
    4
    PE185SB Beginning Snowboard and Skiing or
    PE185OT Snowboard and Ski: Backcountry Safety Skills
    1
    PE185WBT Winter Backcountry Travel
    1
    WL145 Avalance Level 1
    1
    WL186 Leave No Trace Trainer Certification
    2
    WL289 Wilderness First Responder
    4
    12
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life
    3
    PS217 Introduction to Public Land Management: The Politics of Recreation
    3
    HT245 EcoTourism and Adventure Travel
    3
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    4
    12
    Fourth Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    WL271 Expedition Field Experience: Backpacking
    2
    2
    Total Credits 40