|1. Description - |
|Emphasis on preparing fit individuals for a final two-day hike of up to 10-miles each day over moderate to steep terrain. Basic outdoor skills such as fitness development, risk management, trip planning and minimum impact will be identified.|
|Advisory: This course is included in the Cardio Fitness family of activity courses; transportation, equipment and any park fees are provided by the student.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Demonstrate Basic Outdoor Ethics and "Leave No Trace" principles
- Describe and demonstrate minimum impact living and travel skills on a personal and group level
- Recognize the equipment needs, food, and water purification for a multi-day hiking experience
- Increase physical endurance and muscular strength through weekly training hikes with progressively heavier loads over extended mileage
- Employ appropriate navigation skills to lead small groups within the class
- Analyze and make decisions regarding weather, trail and physical conditions of self and others within group
- Develop basic first aid outdoor skills and ability create a plan of action for a situational "virtual" emergency
- identify and describe the benefits and value of learning basic outdoor living skills
- recognize the value of community service by participating in a one day trail mainentance, park clean-up or related park volunteer project
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Topo Trail Maps, compass, First Aid Kit and Two walkie-talkies.
- Full camping gear for a two day hike
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Ethics and minimum impact as described by Leave No Trace and NOLS
- techniques to preserve environment
- you pack it in you must pack out or use provided recepticles properly
- waste disposal and personal hygeine
- identify minimum outdoor overnight skills
- trail use vs cross country (well defined use vs pristine areas)
- campsite selection (re-use existing fire ring/tent area vs pristine)
- group size vs small groups
- proper waste disposal
- Fire safety
- Equipment needs
- 10-essentials including first aid
- Clothing; synthetic vs cotton and layering.
- Proper boot selection, packs, sleeping bag, tent, ground cover
- Nutrition and hydration. Cooking and water purification options.
- Physical improvement
- Pack weight formula to progressively prepare for carrying up to 25% of body weight
- F. Navigation and trip planning skills
- define elements of a topographic map
- describe a "virtual" hike
- differentiate out/back vs loop vs partial loop vs through hike route.
- consider group and individual physical condition when selecting park and hike route
- consider cost, transportation, equipment needs based on park facilities
- identify safety concerns and create a plan to avoid or deal with hazards including weather conditions
- Basic Outdoor First Aid
- recognize and care for muscle strain and/or sprain
- immobolization techniques
- recognize and care for bone and/or joint injury
- splint and square knot
- recognize and care for hypothermia, hyperthermia and dehydration
- Know your emergency numbers for park and leave word with someone at home with your route and time you should return.
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Hiking preparation, navigation skills, safety and mimimum impact outdoor travel skills will be assessed by direct instructor observation.
- One written assignment and one reflection paper (one-page minimum).
- Trip Planning Project - small groups of students propose location for final multi-day hike and present their trip plan to the class.
- To participate in final multi-day hike and earn credit or grade for class the student must:
- pass written pre-trip exam with a score of 90% or better
- have completed all class assignments including small group multi-day project
- have all required equipment at time of multi-day hike(s).
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
Townsend, Chris. Backpacker's Handbook. Third Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2004.
- Handouts and current website links will be provided each quarter.
Lanza, Michael. Day Hiker's Handbook: Get Started with the Experts. Seattle, WA: The Mountaineers Books, 2003.
Heid, Matt. Camping and Backpacking the San Francisco Bay Area. 2nd Printing.
|8. Disciplines - |
|Physical Education |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Laboratory, Hikes, Skill demonstrations. |
|10. Lab Content - |
- Hiking preparation
- Outdoor over night skills.
- Outdoor First Aid.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
|The student will read journals, handouts, applicable internet web sites for personal research related to improving their ability to hike for multiple days. |
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course satisfies the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning. |