PE 132

Advanced Backpacking and Basic Mountaineering

This course, which is for the intermediate or advanced hiker, runs for a full semester. The course, in addition to lectures, includes three overnight hikes. The primary emphasis of the course is on cold weather, off-trail travel in the alpine environment. As a result of this, the lecture material leans heavily on one's ability to read the terrain, navigate with and without map and compass, meet mountain emergencies, and plan for the extended backcountry trip. Skills taught include use of avalanche beacons, ice axe use, and snow analysis. Unique consideration: course fee to cover cost of food, equipment, and transportation on hikes.