Take an Outdoor Education Class this Semester at Spring Valley

Learn more about local river, mountain and canyon environments by joining a class in the Outdoor Education Program. Get technical skills like rock climbing and river navigation, plus develop your backcountry know-how or pursue Wilderness First Responder certification. Classes are open to degree seekers in any field as well as community members seeking to further their own interest. Most classes require students to be at least 18 years of age. Upcoming classes this semester include:

Feb
7
Wed
Ice Climbing I @ CMC in Spring Valley
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Class Description:

Introduces technical (roped) ice climbing, including equipment selection and safety, knots, belaying and climbing, rappelling, and climbing safety. Students must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of class to take this course.

OUT-129 and OUT-130 are designed to be taken concurrently in the same semester. Students enrolling in this course must also enroll in OUT-130, Ice Climbing II. Ice Climbing I introduces technical (roped) ice climbing, including equipment selection, safety knows, belaying, climbing, rappelling, and climbing safety. This course includes two evening meetings from 6-9PM on 2/7 & 2/14, as well as two day trips in Redstone and Rifle Mountain Park on 2/10 & 2/11. Students must be at least 18 years of age to take this course. The nonrefundable course charge includes $18 for transportation, $11.25 for permitting/access fees, $20 for expendable supplies, $50 for personal ice climbing equipment rental including boots, crampons, and ice axes, and $0.78 in tax.

Faculty: Michael S. Schneiter
Meets: W • February 7, 2018 – February 14, 2018
Refund Date: February 8, 2018
Credit Hours: 1.0
Syn: #10399

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Feb
16
Fri
Ice Climbing II @ CMC in Spring Valley
Feb 16 all-day
Class Description:

This course continues to develop proficiency in technical ice climbing, including equipment selection and safety, knots, belaying and climbing, rappelling, and climbing safety. Safe, fast and efficient ice climbing, leadership, ice climbing site management, and judgment development will be emphasized. Students must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of class to take this course.

OUT-129-SV01 and OUT-130-SV01 are designed to be taken concurrently in the same semester. Students enrolling in this course must also enroll in OUT-129-SV01, Ice Climbing I. Ice Climbing II continues to develop proficiency in technical ice climbing, including equipment selection and safety, knots, belaying, climbing, rappelling, and climbing safety. This course includes an overnight field trip of three days (2 nights) to Ouray Ice Park, leaving at 6AM on 2/16 and returning at 7PM on 2/18. Students must be at least 18 years of age to take this course. The nonrefundable course charge includes $162.50 for transportation and 2 nights of shared accommodation in Ouray, $25.75 for access fees, $20 for expendable supplies, $50 for personal ice climbing equipment rental of boots, crampons, and ice axes, and $0.78 for tax. .

Faculty: Michael S. Schneiter
Meets: F, S, SU • February 16, 2018 – February 18, 2018
Refund Date: February 14, 2018
Credit Hours: 1.0
Syn: #10691

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Feb
27
Tue
Desert Orientation @ CMC in Spring Valley
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Class Description:

A concentrated field experience in a desert environment is provided in this course. Emphasis is on procedures for group travel and camping, ecology, geography, and safety.

This is one of our flagship backpacking-based orientation courses, which explores remote canyons in Capital Reef National Park for 5 days. Three mandatory classroom meetings will be held prior to the trip on Tuesday and Thursday nights 2/27, 3/1, and 3/6 from 6-8:50PM. Field Overnights include: Thu – Mon 3/8-3/12. Personal equipment is available for rent from the Outdoor department. The non-refundable, supplemental fee includes $60 for transportation, $25 for camping and permits, $10 for expendable supplies, and $0.39 in tax. The Outdoor Education department has equipment available for students to rent for this course. Please contact the course instructor with questions or to reserve equipment (supplies are limited).

Faculty: Johann Aberger, Sam R. Feuerborn
Meets: T, TH • February 27, 2018 – March 12, 2018
Refund Date: March 1, 2018
Credit Hours: 2.0
Syn: #10353

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Mar
1
Thu
Backcountry Cooking @ CMC in Spring Valley
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:50 am
Class Description:

Focuses on menu planning, nutritional requirements for wilderness camping, and meal preparations. Includes cooking a backcountry meal.

This class consists of practical cooking sessions at each class meeting. Learn to make gourmet backcountry meals from scratch such as quiche, pizza, cakes, and cinnamon rolls. This class will cover cookware, nutrition, planning, preparing, and packing for tasty expedition-type foods. Group cookware is provided. The first class will meet in the gym of the Student Center Thursday 3/1. The non-refundable, supplemental course charge of $65 covers all food and cooking supplies and includes $2.53 in tax.

Faculty: Kearstin S. Cameron
Meets: TH • March 1, 2018 – May 3, 2018
Refund Date: March 12, 2018
Credit Hours: 1.0
Syn: #10358

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Mar
10
Sat
Wilderness First Responder @ CMC in Spring Valley
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:20 pm
Class Description:

This course provides the student with those skills and emergency medical care techniques used by guides, trip leaders and others providing primary care in backcountry setting. The student will be able to respond correctly to those medical and trauma situations commonly encountered when entry into the EMS system is delayed or unlikely.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a CPR and Wilderness First Responder (WFR)certification, Anaphylaxis Administration, and CPR certifications from Desert Mountain Medicine. Evening classes include Tuesday-Thursday nights from 4/12-5/1, 6-9:20PM. Field days are mandatory on Saturday and Sunday, 4/21 & 4/22 from 9AM-5PM and Saturday, 4/28 from 9AM-10PM for the final night scenario. Students must complete 30 hours of this course online prior to the first in-person lesson on 4/12. Please check canvas upon registration for information to access web-based content. Minimum age 18. The non-refundable, supplemental course charge includes $25 for a textbook, $265 for WFR Certifications, $40 in supplies, and $2.54 in tax. This is a hybrid, which combines set days for face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning activities. The instructor will provide details about the class schedule, face-to-face meeting times, and other details to help you succeed. Students must have basic computer skills including the ability to navigate, use email, send attachments, and have DSL or high-speed access to the internet.

Faculty: Johann Aberger, Johann Aberger, Johann Aberger
Meets: T,TH, S,SU, , S • March 10, 2018 – May 1, 2018
Refund Date: March 19, 2018
Credit Hours: 4.0
Syn: #10684

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Mar
19
Mon
Natural History of the Desert @ CMC in Spring Valley
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Class Description:

Examines the natural history of the deserts of North America. Students will survey local organisms including: mammals, birds, reptiles, shrubs, flowers, and succulent plants.

This class will take place on the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons sections of the Colorado River near Grand Junction. The overnight fieldtrip dates are 3/22-3/25. On the field trip, we will travel by rafts, then stop and hike into Rattlesnake and Mee Canyons, having class presentations throughout each day. We will also talk about the ecology of the Colorado River and desert riparian communities. There are evening classes on 3/19, 3/20, and 4/2 from 6-9PM. The nonrefundable supplemental course charge includes $95 for supplies (including 1 lunch, 3 dinners, and 3 breakfasts), $61.66 for access charges, and $3.70 in tax. The Outdoor Education department has equipment available for students to rent for this course. Please contact the course instructor with questions or to reserve equipment (supplies are limited).

Faculty: Richard L. Norman, Levi L. Liston, Kelly F. Goheen
Meets: M,T, M • March 19, 2018 – April 2, 2018
Refund Date: March 21, 2018
Credit Hours: 2.0
Syn: #10708

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Mar
23
Fri
Wilderness First Responder Refresher @ CMC in Spring Valley
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:20 pm
Class Description:

Meets the standards for recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification. Topics to be included are CPR, patient assessment, trauma, medical, and environmental emergencies. This course is required to maintain a current Wilderness First Responder certification, which must be recertified every three years.

This refresher course requires a current WFR Certification. Field days are mandatory and will be held on 3/24 & 3/25. The first class is on Friday 3/23 at 6PM. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Renewal Certification, Anaphylaxis Administration, and CPR Certifications from Desert Mountain Medicine. The nonrefundable, supplemental course charge includes $25 for the textbook, $65 for the certification fees, $40 for expendable supplies, and $2.54 in tax. Minimum age 18.

Faculty:
Meets: F, S,SU • March 23, 2018 – March 25, 2018
Refund Date: March 21, 2018
Credit Hours: 1.0
Syn: #10394

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Mar
27
Tue
Mountain Biking @ CMC in Spring Valley
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:50 pm
Class Description:

Introduces basic mountain biking skills and techniques. The primary emphasis is to gain an understanding of the basic principles of mountain biking. Students develop skills and techniques for all riding situations, review bicycle anatomy, and basic maintenance and repairs.

Come ride with us! This course focuses on developing mountain biking skills including the body-mechanics of cornering, climbing, and descending technical terrain, and simple maneuvers like front and rear wheel-lifts. The emphasis is on fun and safety for all riding levels while spending three days on world-class trails in the Fruita area, including 18-Road and Kokapelli Loops. Get feedback from PMBIA trained instructors to take your riding to the next level. Be prepared to ride at the pre-trip meeting on 3/27 from 5-7:50PM and the overnight field trip in the Fruita Desert 3/30-4/1. Equipment lists will be posted on Canvas upon registration. The non refundable fee includes $36.37 for transportation, $32.50 for permit and camping fees, $20 for expendable supplies, and $0.78 in tax. The Outdoor Education department has equipment available for students to rent for this course. Please contact the course instructor with questions or to reserve equipment (supplies are limited).

Faculty: Johann Aberger
Meets: T • March 27, 2018 – April 1, 2018
Refund Date: March 27, 2018
Credit Hours: 1.0
Syn: #10356

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Mar
29
Thu
Climbing Self Rescue @ CMC in Spring Valley
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Class Description:

Informs climbers how to confidently handle vertical rescue scenarios ranging from simple to complex in a two-to-three person climbing team. Scenario-based instruction will cover technical lowers and raises of the injured climber, pick-offs, knot passes, and load transfers. This course does not intend to teach first aid practices for climbers but instead focuses on the technical skills necessary for a climbing party to extract an injured climber from a vertical setting.

This class informs climbers how to confidently handle vertical rescue scenarios ranging from simple to complex in a two-to-three person climbing team. Scenario-based instruction will cover technical lowers and raises of the injured climber, pick-offs, knot passes, and load transfers. This course does not teach first aid but instead focuses on the technical skills necessary for a climbing party to extract an injured climber from a vertical setting. There are two mandatory classroom meetings at the Spring Valley climbing wall on 3/29 and 4/5 from 6-8:50PM. Field days include: 3/31, 4/1, 4/7, and 4/8, 8AM-5PM. The nonrefundable fee includes %56.25 for travel, $10 for access fees, $15 for supplies, and $0.59 in tax. The Outdoor Education department has equipment available for students to rent for this course. Please contact the course instructor with questions or to reserve equipment (supplies are limited).

Faculty: Michael S. Schneiter
Meets: TH • March 29, 2018 – April 8, 2018
Refund Date: March 30, 2018
Credit Hours: 2.0
Syn: #10362

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Apr
6
Fri
River Orientation II @ CMC in Spring Valley
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Class Description:

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 class provides advanced-level training and knowledge in whitewater raft handling and water reading skills through direct experience on selected rivers. There will be three field day outings (day trips on 4/6, 4/7, & 4/8) and a field overnight trip (4/13-4/15). We will spend our first weekend in the Glenwood Springs area learning to safely navigate class III river sections such as the Shoshone rapids. Our 2nd weekend will be in remote beautiful class III section on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument called Split Mountain. 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 a leadership perspective. Pre-requisites: OUT-116, OUT-121, OUT-122, or OUT-204. Minimum age 18. The nonrefundable course charge includes $203.44 for transportation, shuttles, and campground charges, $93 for food and supplies (10 meals), $10 for access fees, and $3.63 in tax. The Outdoor Education department has equipment available for students to rent for this course. Please contact the course instructor with questions or to reserve equipment (supplies are limited).

Faculty: Richard L. Norman, Kelly F. Goheen, Sean M. Annett
Meets: F, S, SU • April 6, 2018 – April 15, 2018
Refund Date: April 9, 2018
Credit Hours: 2.0
Syn: #10404

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