• Wilderness Expedition Guide


  • Limited Entry, Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Catalog 2016-2017

    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 ackcountry
    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.

    Enrollment

    Students must be enrolled in the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education Program (WLEE). WLEE is a limited entry program, please visit the website for more information, mhcc.edu/WLEEAdmissionProcess.

    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
    WL186 Leave No Trace Trainer Certification
    2
    15
    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
    WL289 Wilderness First Responder
    4
    11
    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
    SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    4
    12
    Fourth Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    WL271 Expedition Field Experience: Backpacking
    2
    2
    Total Credits 40