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CCOG for PE 184P Fall 2022

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Course Number:
PE 184P
Course Title:
Advanced Hiking
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Course Description

Expands upon beginning hiking concepts and skills necessary to hike safely. Introduces advanced hiking topics such as longer route planning, map reading, compass use, GPS and other technologies, orienteering, and wilderness emergency planning. Required: Be able to comfortably walk on outdoor trails for six miles or more. Be prepared for day hiking trips off campus by providing your own transportation, parking fees and equipment. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Student provides appropriate clothing, shoes, and equipment. Backpack, water bottle/bladder, personal first aid, and hiking or trail shoes required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1.  Improve physical conditioning through participation in advanced hiking activities.

  2. Utilize advanced hiking skills and concepts when planning and executing all day or multiple day hikes.

  3. Apply map, compass, and GPS skills when making route decisions before and during hiking activities.

  4.  Integrate safe, enjoyable, and environmentally conscious hiking into a lifelong fitness, health, and wellness program.

Course Activities and Design

An on-campus orientation or initial class meeting and off-campus hikes are required for this course. Instructional strategies include lecture, small group work, group discussion, classroom activities, online or electronic activities/discussions/assignments, physical skill practice, fitness level assessment, and group hiking activities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Journal entries
  • Peer discussions
  • Written assignments
  • Self-evaluations
  • Attendance and participation
  • Quizzes
  • Outside of class observations and reports

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Personal and group hiking warm-up, cool-down, and stretching
  2. Fitness training for advanced hiking and longer hikes
  3. Benefits of hiking for lifelong fitness and wellness
  4. Personal awareness and safety when hiking (communication, emergency plans)
  5. Advanced hiking trip planning (longer route considerations, proper gear, clothing, footwear, first aid, food, water)
  6. Wilderness injury prevention and first aid
  7. Advanced hiking techniques (use of trekking poles, safety equipment)
  8. Environmental awareness (“Leave no trace”, weather, trail conditions)
  9. Orienteering with maps, compass, and GPS technologies


  1. Lead self and/or peers in hiking warm-ups, cool-downs, and stretching
  2. Apply safe and environmentally conscious hiking techniques during hiking activities
  3. Participate in the planning of an advanced hike (map investigation, route selection, weather, emergency plan, group considerations, communication, and the “10 essentials”)
  4. Successfully participate in longer, all-day hiking experiences with map, compass, and GPS use
  5. Self-reflection and communication about hiking activities, routes, personal preparation, group dynamics, safety, and fitness for hiking