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AE321-Lead Rock Climbing Prepares Adventure Education Majors at Fort Lewis College

By , September 18, 2012 11:28 am

AE 321 is an advanced climbing skills course focusing on traditional lead climbing, including selection and placement of protection, route finding, lead climbing and belaying techniques, multiple pitch climbing, advanced anchor building, rescue systems, and climbing instructional strategies.

 

Like other AE outdoor skills courses this course is not an activity course, per se, but a professional skills course for preparing adventure educators in the field of outdoor education to work effectively in institutional settings. 

 For those without leading experience, your climbing knowledge and skills will grow dramatically. For those with leading experience, this course will introduce you to the institutional context, expand your repertoire of lead climbing skills, and begin to prepare you to work directly with the kinds of clients/students you may encounter in an adventure education program which uses lead climbing to accomplish educational goals. If you’re interested in working as a professional climbing guide or for an organization like Outward Bound or NOLS with a well-managed climbing or mountaineering program, then I suggest you eventually look into seeking certification through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).  This course provides a strong foundation for moving in that direction, particularly if you’ve had limited exposure to lead climbing in institutional settings. 

 What this course is not:

  • If you have limited traditional lead climbing experience, this class will not turn you into a masterful lead climber – there’s simply not enough time for this. However, it will serve as a “spring-board” for further education and development. 
  • The focus in this course is not on making you a stronger climber, but a smarter climber. You can get strong on your own time. 

 

PREREQUISITES:

Official:

  • AE 101 (Foundations of AE) & AE 121 (Top Rope Rock Climbing).
  • At least one year of personal top-rope climbing experience. 
  • AE major or minor.

 

Unofficial:

  • Proficiency in all AE 121 skills, including:
    • Being able to set up and manage a top rope rock climb using a “top” or “sling-shot” belay system.
    • All knots and basic rope work taught in AE 121.
  • You are active and healthy enough to be able to follow 5.8 and carry a 50 lb. pack uphill for 30 minutes. 

Adventure Education Immersion Semester Highlights

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By , December 6, 2011 11:52 am

One of the unique program offerings that the Bachelor of Arts degree has is the “Immersion” semester.  

This is a  15-credit immersion semester where you take only Adventure Education courses, spending 4 to 10 days at a time backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners region. Courses include Wilderness Expedition (AE 201), Adventure Leadership (AE 210), Teaching Methods for Adventure Educators (AE 220), Wilderness First Responder (230), Challenge Course Fundamentals (AE 251).  Students participate in outdoor education, learning by doing what they will be teaching others.

Check out our Facebook Group page “Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College” for more photos of these expeditions, as well as other AE courses.

Five Great Reasons to Get A B.A. in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College

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By , September 2, 2011 8:33 am

Another magazine (in this case, Men’s Journal) declares Durango CO the best place for an outdoor life!  It is also one of the great reasons that makes the Bachelor of Arts program of Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College (location location location) a hands-down choice for your degree.  Not to mention great instructors, curriculum and low cost.  More reasons to come here?  How about:

1.   ACADEMIC RIGOR
We are one of the few undergraduate programs in the country to require our majors to do a senior research project. This makes our graduates very competitive which graduate schools and employers love. In addition, we require our graduates to complete an internship. Together, we believe these experiences will set you apart from similar degree programs. 

2.   OUR FACULTY
Have years of real-world experience. They’ve directed Outward Bound schools, started prominent outdoor programs, taught in K-12 schools, and worked and ventured all over the world. One has served as a board member of the Association for Experiential Education, our largest professional organization www.aee.org  
 

3.  PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
Fort Lewis is a gem of a school! As a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges http://www.coplac.org, we’re part of a prestigious group of affordable, yet rigorous, liberal arts colleges that focus on undergraduates. 

4.  INNOVATIVE COURSES
We offer a variety of innovative courses for our majors and minors in everything from teaching methods for adventure educators to backcountry skiing. And, since we’re affiliated with a liberal arts college, our majors can easily earn a minor in one of many fields of study from environmental studies to anthropology to business. 

5.   DURANGO IS A GREAT COLLEGE TOWN
Durango is one of those special places in Colorado that is unforgettable. Surprisingly sophisticated, this town with a year round population of 16,000+ boasts nearly as many dining establishments per capita, as San Francisco! The downtown area on the National Historic Register, retains its Victorian charm, and teems with galleries, great shopping and other entertaining pursuits.

Wander just a few miles outside of town, and a world of outdoor activities awaits; world class downhill skiing, mountain biking, gold medal trout fishing, and river rafting/kayaking to name just a few.

And Men’s Journal is just the most recent to declare Durango a favorite outdoor place.  Here’s a few (ok, a LOT) of other’s opinions: 

Destinations Magazine calls Durango a Creative Haven.

Mountain Bike Magazine ranks Durango under Best Fans, Best Promoter, Ed Zink, and Coolest Dirt Destination.

Hooked on the Outdoors places The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Animas River Days as “Can’t Miss Events”.

Paddler ranks Durango in the Top 10 Best Whitewater Towns.

Western Style states, “Vallecito Lake is considered to be one of Colorado’s most beautiful lake resorts.” And calls Durango a “must see.”

Sports Illustrated for Women ranks Durango as the Best Mountain Biking.

Hooked on the Outdoors “Most classic boots, bike and boat travel in the southwest.” Bike: Molas Pass with soaring scenery and trail cracking 11,000 feet make this one a classic, even for Durango standards.

Hooked on the Outdoors “Hot Winter Sports”, Durango Mountain Resort boasts an average of 260 inches of white stuff and more than 300 bluebird skies per year.

Outside Magazine ranks Fort Lewis College among America’s top 40 colleges and universities.

Princeton Review ranks Fort Lewis College among best western colleges.

Where to Retire ranks Durango in the top 8 for Great Towns for Art and Music.

Society of American Travel Writers ranks Durango and Silverton Train ride as Top 10 most exciting train journeys in the world.

Ski Magazine ranks Durango #1 for weather.

Outside Magazine ranks Durango as Top 15 sports towns.

Ski Magazine ranks Durango in the Top 10 most livable ski towns in America.

Ski America stamps Durango as a hidden gem.

Mountain Bike Magazine lists Durango to Silverton ride as a sample of great rides.

4-Wheel Drive and Sport Utility states, “The San Juan Jeep trails are the most beautiful and the most popular alpine four wheel drive trails in America.”

Mountain Bike Magazine ranks Durango in the Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns.

Fitness Plus states, “ Durango is an outdoor paradise, it is Colorado’s secret hideaway, an old mining town , Durango is the perfect summer getaway.”

For more detailed information about the Adventure Education B.A. program please vist our website at http://explore.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/index.asp  It’s all good!

Gearing up for the Adventure Education Program at Fort Lewis College Fall 2011

By , August 16, 2011 12:57 pm

The B.A. Adventure Education Program here in Durango CO is getting ready to welcome the largest group of students yet to be enrolled at Fort Lewis College since the program’s inception in 2007!     We are psyched for another great year of students who want to use the outdoors as a career in Adventure Education that will keep them in the great outdoors and provide a service to others as well. 

When you major in Adventure Ed, we provide all group gear—tarps and tents, cooking equipment, food, first aid kits, a satellite phone, maps, GPS devices, etc. You need to provide your own personal gear such as backpack, sleeping bag and pad, hiking boots, clothing, etc  Please find listed below some good resources for you to find your own personal gear:

Resources for Discount Outdoor Equipment

•     Sierra Trading Postwww.Sierratradingpost.com

Discounts of 35-70% on name brand outdoor gear, including backpacks, sleeping bags, climbing gear, and clothing.

•     Campmorwww.campmor.com

A discount outdoor equipment retailer for name brands.

•     REI Outletwww.rei.com/outlet  

•     Local seasonal sales: Gardenswarz fair ground sales, ski swaps, etc.

If you have more questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the program director, Dr. Bob Stremba at stremba_b@fortlewis.edu

Here’s to the best academic year yet!

Adventure Education major highlights for your consideration

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By , July 24, 2011 12:35 pm

The Adventure Education curriculum will challenge you, and is intended for the student who is academically motivated, enjoys reading and writing along with spending lots of time outdoors, and has professional interests in helping others learn and grow through outdoor pursuits. The expectations are high, but the rewards can be transformative.

Our four full-time staff and several additional part-time faculty are readily available to students, often involving you as a colleague in professional projects and conference presentations, and they walk their talk, with years of experience as practitioners and teachers of adventure education. We are eager to help you succeed here at Fort Lewis College, and progress toward a rewarding career in field-based leadership and instruction, and administrative positions with adventure education, outdoor education, therapeutic adventure, and environmental programs.

If you are interested in embracing both the challenges and rewards of the Adventure Education program, we are eager to see you as one of our students starting this fall. If you have any questions, please browse our website   http://www.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/ or give the Adventure Education Program Director, Dr. Bob Stremba, a call at (970)247-6295.

Lead Rock Climbing Classes Start at Adventure Education Program

By , October 20, 2010 1:03 pm

el rito1The AE 321 Lead Rock Climbing Course has commenced for the semester.  This is an advanced climbing skills course focusing on traditional lead climbing, including selection and placement of protection, route finding, lead climbing and belaying techniques, multiple pitch climbing, advanced anchor building, rescue systems, and climbing instructional strategies..

Like other Adventure Education outdoors skills courses this course is not an activity course per se, but a professional skills course designed for preparing adventure educators to work effectively in institutional surroundings.  Students participating in this course often go to El Rito, New Mexico to climb.   Also starting up for this semester is the AE 350 Adventure Process and Facilitation class.  This course provides the skills necessary for facilitating a variety of client groups in indoor and outdoor experiential and adventure programs.  Included is group development stages, group discussion leading, active listening, debriefing, front loading, metaphors, and transfer of client learning.  Students will develop and facilitate a program with a client group.

Adventure Education Top Rope Rock Climb Class

By , September 23, 2010 7:51 am

These are just a few of some outstanding photos taken by AE Major Dylan Weldin in instuctor Ball’s rock climbing class this semester.  These guys are doing their learning “on the rocks”….Class goes out to various local locations to practice rappels, belays, and all the necessary risk management issues that come with this type activity.  On an experiential level, they are learning valuable lessons in critical thinking, team building and leadership skills.  These are skills that can be applied to any career path a student may choose.  Most of our AE majors are interested in doing therapy work with at-risk populations, children and young adults. 

As an example to our students, Program Director Dr. Bob Stremba used skills similar to what the Top Rope Rock Climbing class were learning.   Over the summer of 2010 Bob instructed an Outward Bound course in the Colorado Rockies for teens who have lost a family member through death. “On ‘Heroic Journey’ I was impressed how these kids embraced the challenges of backpacking, rock climbing, and a high ropes course.” They dedicated their climb of a 13,000 peak to the one they lost, then built a rock cairn with each of their names on it. The combination of inspiring wilderness, with a supportive group of others who have been through the same circumstances was a wonderful example of how adventure education, in this case through Outward Bound, has such a strong effect.”

WHY ADVENTURE EDUCATION ROCKS AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE!!  This  is just one way in which our students can utilize their degree in Adventure Education.  If the word “Education” inspires you at least as much as the word “Adventure”, then this may just be the program for you!

Adventure Ed Rock Stars!

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By , April 12, 2010 3:47 pm

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September 20. 2010 – block course students are currently out on their 7 day expedition, leaving from the Vallecito Creek trailhead last Friday.  Hope to have some interesting and informative posts from participants on that journey!

Coming to the Student Life Center in the Student Union is the film “Revolver” which is a ski film.  Check out the trailer above, and see the movie September 29 as part of the Wednesday Night Film Series for all students at Fort Lewis College.

August 27, 2010 - Orientation has been happening here at Fort Lewis yesterday and today.  Had a presentation for undecided majors this morning, and close to 100 parents and students attended!  That is so exciting-and we hope the presentation helped clarify our degree program.  In a nutshell, if the word “Education” excites you as much or more than the word “Adventure”, then this may be the program for you.  AE students are more interested in saving the world then most, and love using the outdoors as a teaching place to help others develop critical thinking skills, leadership skills and a cooperative spirit.  Adventure Education teaches you the why behind the what.  WELCOME ALL NEW ADVENTURE EDUCATION STUDENTS!    

August 23, 2010- Faculty and staff are back in Pine Hall, getting ready for the Fall 2010-2011 year.  We are preparing for our biggest enrollment ever in the Adventure Education program.  The unofficial numbers are 93 majors and 11 minors.  The final numbers occur after Census date, which is Tuesday, September 14.  We are so excited about the growth and on-going interest in the AE program!  Over 40% of our students come from other places besides Colorado, no doubt in part because of our unparalleled location in the Four Corners.  Which plays second to our outstanding faculty and staff here at Fort Lewis College.  Our program continually strives to bring the best education to our ever-growing student base. 

To continue accommodating our students with access to great gear we added new kayaks, tele-ski boots, ice axes, sleeping mattresses and more.  The warehouse is looking really awesome and ready to support our students in thier  pursuit of a degree in Adventure Education

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May 14, 2010 – WHAT MAKES THE FLC ADVENTURE EDUCATION DEGREE A BARGAIN?  The national average in-state cost for tuition and fees at public institutions is approximately $7000. per year.  INCLUDING COURSE FEES,the annual average cost to obtain a degree in Adventure Education at FLC is $5113. for Colorado resident students, which is 27% below the national average for tuition and fees.  At other public institutions offering a similar degree, Colorado students would pay $17,314. to $27,163. in out-of-state tuition and fees per year.  These figures will be less for students receiving financial aid, but may increase each year with annual tuition increases at the respective institutions. 

Lee Frazer presenting AE Major of the Year Award 2010
Lee Frazer presenting AE Major of the Year Award 2010

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We also had the Freshman/Sophomore Convocation Ceremonythat afternoon, which was quite unexpectedly fun-but only due to some of our AE students supporting their AE Major of the Year award winners.  A visual cheer was sent out to Pierce Streiff for his award!  Congrats also to Spencer Lewis, who won the AE Major of the Year award as well.

Other Adventure Education majors took awards in other categories.  Kate Shavel won the Common Reading Experience Essay competition.  Way to go, Kate!  Check out the pics ..

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April 12, 2010- Preview weekend went super well!  Two of our students, Chris Panawa (sophomore) and Allison Braverman (senior). offered to help out with questions and answers from the visitors who came to campus.  And they did a spectacular job of helping new students understand what the program is all about.  Our table was VERY busy with both parents and students and students-to-be checking out our display, getting course and degree information, as well as free granola!!  Thanks to our great volunteers for making this a fun and successful week-end!  If you are not yet a member of our Adventure Education Facebook Group Page, check out the link on the right hand side of this page.  Join up and chat with our students and faculty about what is going on over at Pine Hall..

April 7, 2010

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-Last night was the Seniors Poster Presentation of their research projects-what GREAT projects each and every one of our seniors had!  They truly represented Adventure Education  with projects like “Retention Levels in Active Classrooms Compared to Traditional Classroom Methods” by Allison Smith, “Academic Major, Motivation Type and Self-Efficacy: Relationships in a College Population” by David Farkas, “Self-Esteem Assessment in College Women” by Allison Braverman and 7 more projects as well.   

April 5, 2010 – check out this teenagers record quest to ski the North Pole  http://outside-blog.away.com/blog/2010/04/adventure-lab-parker-liautaud-goes-for-the-north-pole-.html  Now that is an adventure! 

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March 19, 2010 – Spring is BLOWING in today!  Which is great for drying up the mud on the various ropes courses we’ll be using to support the AE 151 course ”Challenge Course Fundamentals”.  Spring fever is rampant among all the AE students.  They are ready, ready, ready to get out there and climb, hike, paddle, camp and continue to pursue their outdoor education.  There will be plenty of opportunities to do those very activities.  In case you didn’t already know, Backpacker Magazine just named Durango as one of the top places to “raise an outdoor kid”.  Here’s a link to the article http://www.backpacker.com/august_09_the_best_cities_to_raise_an_outdoor_kid/destinations/13126  We are so lucky to live in such a fabulous spot!!!

A Wilderness First Responder course was offered here at the Fort over spring break, and the class was FULL.  According to our students who attended, it was AWESOME!  Hoping to see some pics posted on our Facebook group page from that class soon.  Check it out by clicking the FACEBOOK  link on the right side of our blog. 

March 17, 2010 – HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  Don’t forget the Mandatory advising tonite, and if you need an AE degree application, email me and I will email you one back perteet_j@fortlewis.edu 

March 15, 2010 – It’s back to class here , and MANDATORY GROUP ADVISING  for Adventure Education students will take place on Wednesday, March 17  at Pine Hall.  Times are as follows:

6pm for students who have applied to the AE major (typically juniors and seniors)

7pm for students who have not yet applied to the major (typically freshmen, sophomores or transfer students) 

If you have any questions about what to do, please check your fort lewis email for information sent to you, or you may call the department at (970)247-6383.  See you Wednesday!

 

March 4, 2010 – Did you know one of our own students, Sterling Shaw, climbs with an all-women group here in Durango?  Pretty cool- check out the story here http://www.durangotelegraph.com/telegraph.php?inc=/08-06-05/second1.htm  What’s everyone else in the program out doing?  Let me know so I can brag about you here!

Here’s to you having a great, safe SPRING BREAK!!!!  See you all when you get back!1397

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Here are some more important dates to be thinking about:

March 8-15 is SPRING BREAK!!!  Go relax, refresh and get ready for the final days of this academic year.

March 15-26 is Fall 2010 Registration and Advising

March 17MANDATORY ADVISING GROUP MEETINGS

  • 6pm for students who have applied to the AE major (typically juniors and seniors)
  • 7pm for students who have not yet applied to the major (typically freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students

 

 February 18, 2010  edumactionkat

So, yesterday and today we had a guest speaker visit Pine Hall.  His name is Mark Rowland and he is President and CEO of Peak Performance Training Systems, which is a company that you can read more about by clicking this link http://www.peaktraining.com/.  He was, as promised by the flyer, “informative, provocative”, and I do think he infuriated some students.  I look forward to hearing from anyone about what they thought of his presentation.

Next event coming up at Pine Hall will be the Internship Seminar on March 3, from 6-7pm.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for seniors, and a great seminar to attend for all AE Majors, as everyone will have to do an internship before graduating.  I’m thinking about serving some snacks for this one-any suggestions from you?  Email me at perteet_J@fortlewis.edu  if you have special requests, or ideas.  Thanks.

On March 4 is the Catered lunch with  Jon Kedrowski: Thursday,  12pm, La Plata Room, upstairs in the Student Union.  Sign-up and commitment required. To sign up, email Annie Dawson at dawson_a@fortlewis.eduby Wednesday, February 24 at 5pm.  The Leadership Center is excited to bring Colorado native Jon Kedrowski from Texas State to our campus on Thursday, March 4 to give a talk about his research and climbs of the 58 Colorado Fourteeners in 42 consecutive days, as well as his climbs of Denali, Aconcagua, and Mt. Elbrus.  Jon is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation at Texas State, and his research focuses on human-environmental impacts, mountain geography, trail and route assessment, and the outdoor wilderness experience. 

 And don’t forget the AEE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference April 16-18 in Lander, WY.  There may be some scholarship opportunities available, check with AE Faculty before Feb. 24, because travel arrangements have to be finalized by then. 

Pictured here is our own Tim Thomas, I think he’s the one in the boat  ;pTim Thomas 003

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