PWSC is offering some exciting Outdoor Leadership classes this semester including:

Winter Camping

  • January 24-February 7
  • Instructed by Sarah Carter
  • 1 credit or non-credit
  • Overnight winter camping field trip on February 2-February 4.
  • This course will present students with the skills needed to plan and complete overnight trips during winter conditions Students will learn about winter camping equipment, hazards, modes of travel, campsite selection and construction (including building snow caves), and Leave No Trace principles.

Beginning Ice Climbing

  • February 6-11
  • Instructed by Taylor Brown
  • 1 credit or non-credit
  • Instructed climbing sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Students will learn the basics of ice climbing, including how to select gear, risk management strategies, and top rope climbing and belaying skills.

Wilderness First Responder

  • February 26-March 8
  • Instructed by Dorathy Adler
  • 4 credits
  • The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course is 72-80 hours in length and will be delivered as an intensive training March 9-15, 2017 (9am-7pm daily) at Prince William Sound College. Online delivery of this course, via Blackboard, begins February 26, 2018. Please check Blackboard for the pre-intensive assignments. The course syllabus and daily intensive training schedule will be posted on Blackboard as of February 26. The course includes a mandatory $215 materials and course fee that covers the WFR certification, CPR certification, instruction materials and insurance. Successful completion of this course culminates in a 3-year WFR certification through SOLO ( Successful completion is defined as attendance for the entirety of this course and passing scores on written and practical examinations.

Avalanche Theory II

  • March 22-March 25
  • Instructed by Sarah Carter
  • 2 credits or non-credit
  • This course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional certificate, the AIARE 3 certificate. The AIARE 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.
  • For more information or assistance registering, please contact PWSC at 834-1600.


    Posted on: January 11, 2018