Outdoor Skills - Land
CLASS CODE: RL 223R CREDITS:  1 - 6 FEE:  $80.00
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Skill and leadership development for camping, hiking, survival skills, backpacking, wilderness navigation, rockclimbing and mountain biking. See schedule for topic and number of credits allowed for a specific class.
TAUGHT: Fall, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Students will learn skills and leadership for at least one of the following: camping, hiking, survival skills, backpacking, wilderness navigatiion, rock climbing, and mountain biking. See class schedule for specific section or topic and number of credits to register for. You can take various sections and accumulate up to 6 credits in the Land Skills area.
1. Demonstrate safe riding skills, which include: braking, turning, descending, ascending, and traveling over rocky terrain and logs.
2. Plan a mountain bike trip including the areas of transportation, food, water, emergency procedures, group dynamics, trail etiquette and all aspects of risk mangement.
3. Demonstrate how to do simple trail repairs on a bike such as: flat tire repair, broken chain repair, broken spoke, untrue wheel, too tight or too loose brakes, deraileur adjustment, too high or too low of seat post.
4. Understand route finding using map and compass.
5. Explore personal abilities, strengths, and attitudes as they relate to endurance, muscle strength, and acceptance of risk.
6. Appreciate the strengths and weakness of others and learn how to cooperate with and motivate others.
7. Apply the principles of good expedition behavior.

1. Navigate effectively in the backcountry using map, compass, and landmarks.
2. Plan an extended outdoor experience and lead groups of 6-10 persons in a mountain environment.
3. Develop judgment and decision making skills to safely travel in mountain environments.
4. Teach basic land skills to a variety of groups in various outdoor environments.
5. Practice and advocate minimum impact skills.
6. Know and understand proper usage and care for various climbing equipment including rope, camming devices, chocks, and nuts, tri cams, carabineers, harnesses, etc.
7. Identify and establish safe climbing anchor systems.
8. Perform and teach various climbing techniques including smearing, stemming, lie back, mantling finger, and hand jams, rope coiling, bleary signals, etc.
9. Actively practice effective expedition behavior.

1. Develop an appreciation of rock climbing emphasizing individual and group safety while protecting the natural environment.
2. Demonstrate basic rock climbing movement over stone utilizing a variety of hand, foot, and body techniques.
3. Demonstrate care for and proper use of rock climbing equipment.
4. Demonstrate ability to tie knots used for building top rope anchors; including the figure eight follow through, grapevine knot, munter hitch, tape knot, double fishermans, prussik, and overhand bend. Understand correct application.
5. Knowledge of how to construct a solid multi-point anchor using natural anchors or bolts.
6. Demonstrate proper technique and use of equipment in belaying.
8. Demonstrate proper use of standard climbing signals.
9. Develop an ability to assess your strengths and weaknesses as a beginning/intermediate rock climber.
10. Demonstrate safe stretching techniques for the muscle groups commonly stressed/injured while rock climbing.

1. Develop judgment and decision making skills for survival in the backcountry environments.
2. Practice and advocate positive attitude skills.
3. Demonstrate basic earth skills required for survival situations: viz., water, fires, basic tracking, shelter making, plant use, string and fiber weaving, fishing, trapping, primitive tools and weapons, and blade knapping, skinning, tanning and cooking.
4. Actively practice positive survival behavior.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. Attendance and participation
2. Exams
3. Trip planning
4. On hands experience
PREREQUISITES: RL123 required for all land skills classes or instructors permission.