Keep Climbing Leadership Expedition will be backpacking through the Wind River Mountains in the summer of 2014. (Above days and times are TBD.) Keep Climbing will select a course date from the three options listed below and notify the outside contractor of their choice in writing by April 4, 2014.
- July 28 to August 4
- August 11 to August 18
- August 14 to August 21
Pre Expedition, Participants fly to Riverton International Airport and travel to Lander, WY via airport shuttle and check into the hotel. Participants will have dinner with Keep Climbing staff and meet the instructors KC has contracted for an evening orientation meeting.
After an early breakfast participants will prepare for the course by having a personal gear check and issuing necessary gear, preparing rations, and packing and loading vehicles. The course will travel to the trailhead that day and begin backpacking. Initial discussions will include: goals, map and route review, basic leadership, and team work concepts.
Instructors will teach and role model leader of the day responsibilities, decision making, hiking/mountain travel curriculum, mountain camping, Leave no Trace techniques, debriefing, and next day planning.
Leadership and decision making responsibilities will transition to participants. Instructors will play a coaching role for participants and provide structure for reflective learning, debriefing, and feedback. Depending on the length of travel days, there may be the opportunity of a lay over day, day hiking, a peak ascent, and/or further route exploration.
The course will meet the outside contractor in-town staff at the trailhead, travel bake to base to de-issue, shower, have a BBQ and graduation ceremony. This will mark the official end of the coarse. Participants will spend their final night at the Nobel Hotel.
Post – Course
Participants will travel from Lander to Riverto, WY and depart from Riverton airport.
Our outside contractors use only high-quality equipment that has withstood the test of time. Manufacturers such as Lowe, Black Diamond, and Mountain Hardward produce much of the equipment to our outside contractors own specifications. Some items participants receive might be new and others will be used.
Outside Contractors will supply all group gear, including:
- Group camping equipment: shelters, fuel, stoves, and cookware
- Other: USGS topographic maps, field reference materials, basic first aid kid, and emergency communication devices.
Meals are provided both in-town and in the field for the duration of the course. While in the field, everyone participates in cooking. Proper nutrition and good cooking are essential to any expedition. Cooking and baking in the backcountry is an important outdoor skill emphasized in our curriculum — it is a critical part of being independent and successful on expeditions.
Our contractors will use self-screening or other medical forms to determine the appropriateness of each participant for this expedition. The contractors professional training office will do routine follow-ups and usually ask some participants to provide additional information. Our contractors reserve the right to medically screen people who fall outside of the medical guidelines and are at high risk by traveling to remote areas. We realize that the intent of this program is leadership and team building and that a basic goal includes participation by all team members.