This course provides advanced-level experience in whitewater raft handling and water reading skills through direct experiences on selected rivers. Students will learn advanced rafting techniques, river trip planning, advanced river safety procedures, equipment, logistics, camp management, hazard evaluation, minimum impact techniques, and the natural history of river environments. Added emphasis will be placed on approaching material from the professional river guide’s perspective. Minimum age: 17.
This once-in-a-lifetime course will make the spectacular 6-day descent of Cataract Canyon through Canyonlands National Park. On this trip students will learn or sharpen their river skills while rafting 100 miles of the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park. The remote canyons reach heights of up to 2,000 ft. above the river and provide incredible scenery, wildlife, and solitude. The green River joins in with the Colorado, adding turbulence to the river and provides class III-IV rapids.*Class IV will be guided by instructors* This class will focus on learning to set up, organize, and guide multi-day river trips as well as understanding ecological functions of river corridors and riparian areas, leave no trace principles, and ethics. We will discover the area’s rich Native American history while observing ancient ruins and learn about geology as we travel through time into the desert canyons. There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on 8/7 from 6-8pm, and the overnight field trip is from 8/8-8/13. The Non-refundable supplemental fee includes transportation, group equipment, food, and access fee.
Faculty: Richard L. Norman
Meets: M • August 7, 2017 – August 13, 2017
Refund Date: August 8, 2017
Credit Hours: 2.0
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