Intermediate Expeditionary Skills (LEAD2)

Weekend One:
Location: Institute of Leisure Arts (White Cloud, Michigan)
April 7th – 9th, 2017 (300 pm Friday through 1700 Sunday)

Weekend Two
Location: Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan
June 2-4, 2017 (0800 Friday through 1400 Sunday)


Intermediate Expeditionary Skills Course is designed for Advanced Guild Members who desire to advance to Expedition Leader.   The course is also designed for experienced outdoor group leaders who would like to expand their skill set and gain a better, more comprehensive “Expedition” background and education.  The course covers a variety of skills needed to lead groups in diverse and challenging environments.  

This course intends to develop the skills and competence for the Basic Expedition Leader.   Expedition Leaders are expected to lead expeditions into varied terrains requiring specialized skills.   The skills will help prepare the leader to travel on all areas of the Great Lakes and Arctic Watersheds (in Summer) as well as many conditions experienced worldwide.  The course covers the foundational skills required for specialized trips such as rock climbing, kayaking, canyoneering, caving, mountaineering, open water paddling (Great Lakes and Oceans), river paddling (Class III rivers and below) and all hazardous landforms. 

While developing the necessary skills, students will also learn and practice leadership skills necessary to be a competent and effective outdoor (or Search and Rescue Team) leader.   Leadership training is woven throughout the course.  All students will be expected to lead a portion of the course.

The course is fasted paced and participants are expected to be prepared with gear and a reasonable amount of physical fitness.

The follow areas will be covered

Land & Maritime Navigation (including Night Land Navigation)
Introduction to Improvised & Celestial Navigation
Earth Mapping/GPS Operations
Zodiac and Small Boat Operation
Emergency Open Water Operations (Zodiac)
Riverine and Open Water Navigation
River Paddling
River Rescue
Open Water Paddling
Open Water Rescue
Rock Climbing
Top Roping
Setting Anchors and belay systems
Basic Rope Rescue
Hazardous Terrain/Obstacles
Expedition Planning
Overland Vehicle Travel Awareness
Expedition Travel
Team Communication & Leadership
Outdoor Education and Instruction 

The course will require individuals to:

Successfully pass a 100 question written exam
Complete a Night Land Navigation Course of 7 points over at least 5 kilometers in 3 hours (Including multiple coordinate systems and navigational problems)
Successfully construct and complete a top rope climb of more than 60’
Successfully construct and complete a rappel of more than 60’
Successfully complete a halted rappel self-rescue and a rescue pick off of a stranded victim
Successfully complete a team rescue of a stranded climber
Successfully construct and cross a Tyrolean traverse across a river obstacle
Successfully plan and complete a round trip (greater than 1 mile) open water paddle to an island
Successfully complete open water rescues (T-Rescue, Eskimo rescue, Solo watercraft recovery and re-entry)
Successfully navigate a Class II-III river rapid and complete the river paddling course unit
Successfully complete an river recovery of pinned watercraft
Demonstrate competence for all camping, hiking and paddling activities
Demonstrate an understanding of leadership techniques covered in the course
Create an Expedition Plan for a real world expedition to a remote area
Create the content for a short class, expanding on a skill or technique covered in the course
Demonstrate competency of 20 knots, rope anchors, climbing and rope work setups

Course Timeline

First Weekend – 12 hours of lecture/16 hours of practical training – Institute of Leisure Arts, Newaygo County, Michigan
Second Weekend – (Lecture and Practical Training is designed to take place over a weekend – Friday morning to Sunday)
3 days of continuous training (Friday to Sunday) – Eastern Upper Peninsula

Total Training Hours (Approximately) – Live: 68 hours  Online: 12   Total: 80 hours

Prerequisites –
After registration, students will be given a list of required online courses through the School of Expeditionary Sciences.  Guild Members will have these requirements already available on their class list for through their transcript.   Non-members will be given limited access to the school to complete the required courses only.   These courses will take approximately 8-12 hours of self study before the class.  Students must have those courses completed to receive their certificate.

Recommended Prerequisites –  (Recommended, but not required)
While Prerequisites are helpful to the student, there is no requirement to have completed them before the course.
LN1-5 Land Navigation – Basic Series
SS1-2 Survival and Improvisation
TR 1-5 Technical Rope Work and Rescue (or equivalent)
WR-1 Water Rescue Awareness (or equivalent)
WR-2 River/Water Safety & Rescue (or equivalent)
LEAD1 – Outdoor Leadership (or equivalent)
FCC Technician Level Radio License or above
All certifications are helpful

Equipment Required – Solo Watercraft (canoe/kayak) capable of river and open water travel (a limited number are available for rent), Personal Protective Equipment (Helmet [suitable for climbing/rescue and water/rescue – NFPA/UIAA Complaint recommended] , Type II Climbing or Rescue Harness (Seat harness UIAA recommended), Type III PFD, Compass and Land Navigation Tools for all environments – Land/Sea/River, gloves for paddling and rope rescue, sturdy outdoor boots, open water paddling gear suitable for spring season on Lake Michigan, gear and equipment for sustaining yourself for 3 days in all environments [camping, food, hiking, etc].  Lost cost equipment rentals are available for all gear needs.

All camping fees and facilities are covered.   Camping the night before the course is available.

Lecture & Field Cost: $210

Questions?  Email the Instructors.


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