ADVENTURE OUTDOORS - HIGH SCHOOL
SPRING BREAK - ACTIVITIES/CONTENT DESCRIPTIONS
WILDERNESS FIRST AID (WFA)
The MED Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course makes use of lecture and practical-based learning both in and outside of the classroom. The concepts and skills taught in this course prepare the student for common and simple problems associated with recreation in a wilderness context. Beginning with patient assessment, this course helps establish a foundation for students to make informed decisions during emergency situations. This option will include 1.0 academic college credit for a letter grade from the University of Utah. 8 hours worth of content time will be completed online at the student’s pace prior to arrival in Utah. An additional 8 hours of content will occur during the spring break program.
INTRO TO ROCK CLIMBING
Introduction to top rope climbing fundamentals in an outdoor setting. Equipment use, basic knots, belaying, communication, climbing movement and anchor building are discussed and practiced.
ROCK CLIMBING LEARN TO LEAD
This course starts with a thorough discussion and demonstration of using fixed protection (bolts, etc.) as well as appropriate placement and use of traditional protection. Participants will practice on the ground before transitioning to mock sport and trad leading. Leading principles, anchors, route setup and cleaning are all discussed and practiced. Participants will lead climb in a mock top rope environment while an instructor ascends a fixed line and provides live feedback along the way. Participants must first attend a block of "Intro to Rock Climbing" before participating in this session.
This course will discuss self-rescue principles specific to bottom up and/or top down rock climbing situations (top rope, single pitch lead, multi pitch). Knots/hitches, belay transfers, belay escapes, counter ascension/lowering, hauling systems, and tandem rappels are among possible skills taught and practiced. Self-rescue involves the use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly have with you while climbing. Participants must first attend a block of "Intro to Rock Climbing" before participating in this session.
RESORT SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING
Students will have the opportunity to ski or snowboard on Utah’s premier ski/snowboard slopes. Prior to selecting a program, students and parents will be required to rate their skiing ability and may receive a follow up phone call by our staff. Once on the program, students will be grouped with similar skier types and a MED instructor for the day. If re-arrangements need to be made, they will be made during the program.
INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY SKIING OR SNowBOARDING
Introduction to skills and techniques associated with managing complex backcountry ski/snowboard terrain. Students will learn about proper equipment selection and use, basic avalanche awareness, companion rescue skills and winter navigation skills. Students will have the opportunity to experience human-powered skiing/snowboarding through some of Utah's premier snow.
This activity may be available as a 1 block (2 day) or 2 block (4 day) option. Participants of the 1 block option must first attend a block of "Resort Skiing or Snowboarding" before participating in the session. Participants of the 2 block option are not required to attend a block of "Resort Skiing or Snowboarding." The 2 block option includes a single day in a resort setting where skiing or snowboarding ability will be assessed prior to venturing into backcountry terrain.
MOAB HIKING & CAMPING
Students will get the opportunity to travel down to Moab, UT for a total of 2 block sessions (4 days). This activity will introduce students to Moab and the surrounding red rock desert through a series of day hikes and camping. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice outdoor living skills, backcountry cooking, and Leave no Trace environmental ethics.
winter snowshoeing & camping
Students will have the opportunity to experience the wilderness of the Wasatch Mountains by snowshoe. This activity will include an introduction to snowshoeing, snow shelter building, backcountry cooking, leave no trace principles, and snow camping with a single overnight in the backcountry wilderness.