This course provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary to become a competent backcountry instructor. To accomplish this goal, students are required to participate in two overnight field trips that take place on two separate weekends. During these trips, students have the opportunity to refine existing outdoor skills, develop new ones, and practice methods of relaying these skills to others. This is not a survival skills/minimalist course. Rather, students learn about and use specialized equipment associated with backcountry travel, while emphasizing safety and risk management. Students are asked to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching others in a group setting, and to participating in the trip planning process. This course includes two required weekend field trips.General Education: CIV: Environmental Responsibility