Planning Curriculum

All of my trips are learning-intensive, regardless of length, location, or the group’s experience level or fitness. Learning occurs at two times:

  1. Beforehand, through the Planning Curriculum, detailed below; and
  2. In the field, detailed on the Field Curriculum page

I’m a firm believer that the most successful trips are planned, not winged. Certainly, you can wing a trip and still be successful. But your odds of success will increase if you are willing to do some planning beforehand, and with boundary-pushing trips it’s probably a requirement.

Participation in the Planning Curriculum is required. It’s is an extremely important part of the experience, and its value is directly correlated to the level of engagement.

Module 1: Administrative

  • Personal introductions
  • Trip schedule & travel logistics
  • Personal transportation

Module 2: Environmental & Route Condition Assessment

  • Condition assignments
  • Reporting of findings

Module 3: Gear selection & gear lists

  • Personal gear list templates
  • Guide gear lists
  • Demo gear & vendor discounts
  • Client gear list feedback
  • Group gear lists

Module 4: Training

  • Fitness expectations
  • Sharing of personal fitness regimens

Module 5: Food

  • Daytime/snack calculations and recommendations
  • Breakfast and dinner menus
  • Dietary restrictions

Module 6: Route planning & map making

  • Route vision & creation
  • Recommended map system
  • Printing topo maps
  • Digital GPS apps

Module 7: Skills

  • Online tutorials to get a headstart on learning important field skills

Module 8: More admin

  • Virtual group meeting
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Forms: Health History and Participant Agreement
  • Last-minute weather and conditions updates