The geologic history, cultural significance and ecological classroom of the desert southwest are unparalleled. The towering sandstone spires and buttes of this vast wilderness area provide the ideal setting for learning the basics of wilderness travel, including how to read topographical maps, safely cross rivers and traverse slickrock. Students take an active part in planning routes, setting up camp and cooking meals. Quality communication skills and productive group dynamics strengthen the expedition team and establish a positive learning environment. Personal autonomy and leadership skills are natural outcomes of learning to make informed decisions as part of an expedition.

Technical Skills

  • Pack & Organize Backpacks
  • GPS & Compass Navigation
  • Geology
  • Leave No TraceĀ® Principles

Self Awareness

  • Accepting Help
  • Identify Personal Strengths
  • Goal Setting

Leadership Skills

  • Route Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking

Group Processing

  • Group Management
  • Leadership Styles
  • Informed Decision Making