In March of every year, students are encouraged to apply for the position of Wilderness Orientation (WO, pronounced:Whoa) leader. While many applicants are Interdisciplinary Studies majors with either a concentration or minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL), openings are not limited to this degree. Wilderness Orientation is a hands-on opportunity for students to showcase their competency as outdoor leaders while fostering relationships with incoming students.
WO leaders offer a great experience to new students every fall before school officially begins. While the new students undergo an exciting adventure, student leaders grow and learn as well. Not only do the leaders mature into their own style, but they also have the opportunity to create intentional communities within Sierra Nevada College.
Have you ever caught yourself glaring with envy at paddle boarders who seem to glide effortlessly across the lake? Thanks to a joint collaboration between Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Instructor Daryl Teittinen and Dean of Students Will Hoida, students can now rent paddle boards, financed by the student activities fund, to use for fun in their spare time from the gear room free of charge.
All too often incoming students preparing for their Wilderness Orientation trip or for their first Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) trip assume backcountry cooking means yucky and simple food. Through years of experience, ODAL Program Director Rosie Hackett explains that you do not have to sacrifice quality or style in backcountry cooking.
Daryl Teittinen wakes up in the morning on a gorgeous day and either throws on a pair of Garmont Radium ski boots, Chaco sandals, or La Sportiva TC Pro climbing shoes. Such choices are for a typical day out in the wilderness for Teittinen, adjunt professor of Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL). Teittinen started working at Sierra Nevada College in January 2012, helping out with the Outdoor Skills 101 class, and now works as the main instructor for the class.
EnvironmentalFrom camping and hiking, to learning about organic farming and observing elephant seals and the environment’s ecosystems, Assistant Professor Andy Rost and his Fundamentals of Environmental Interpretation class learned it all on March 7-9 at California’s Central Coast.
Snow flurries approached the Tahoe Basin, and the Fundamentals of Environmental Interpretations class, taught by Andy Rost, Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology, couldn’t wait to get out into the field.
Before spring semester began, students who enrolled in a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course spent 10 long days learning to recognize, prevent and treat wilderness medicine emergencies.
Eleven Outdoor Adventure Leadership students spent three days and two nights at the Ludlow Hut, living a simple but busy life in the backcountry over the weekend of Feb. 8-10. The students traveled to the Ludlow Hut to gain winter backcountry knowledge and leadership experience.