Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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PE 183A
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Course Description

Explores the basics of hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Addresses decision making skills, trip planning, first aid, safety, navigation and environmental concerns ("Leave No Trace" principles & practices). Includes required day hiking trips in order to apply learned skills in a real-time environment. Some experience and above average fitness recommended, but not required. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Improve overall physical conditioning through participation in Hiking, including but not limited to improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle fitness, and flexibility.
  •  Perform safe and effective skills and techniques for Hiking
  •  Apply learned terminology, skills and safety practices when Hiking
  •  Apply €œLeave No Trace€ practices and principles when Hiking
  •  Develop a lifelong fitness, health, and wellness program that includes Hiking.
  •  Experience the relationship of the mind, body and spirit.

Course Activities and Design

Class meets to discuss safety, gear, weather and environmental concerns when out for Hikes.
Class walks together at PCC to learn warm-up, pacing techniques, hydration techniques, fueling techniques, cool-down and stretching.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

? Journal Entries & Self Evaluations
? Field Trips €“ Hikes €“ attendance & participation
? Quizzes
? Outside of class observations and reports
? Practical Assessment €“ €œLeave No Trace€ principles & practices

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

? Personal awareness & safety
? Hiking Trip planning (including: proper gear, clothing, first aid, food/water)
? Decision making skills
? Communication skills
? Environmental awareness (including: weather & trail conditions)