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. It’s designed to prepare clients for our trip, and it can be easily replicated and retooled for personal trips afterwards.

Part 1: Administrative

  • Curriculum orientation
  • Group introductions
  • Trip and travel details
  • Virtual meeting dates

Part 2: Conditions assessment

  • Condition assignments
  • Reporting of findings
  • Sharing of an official and accurate assessment

Module 3: Gear selection

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

Module 4: Training & fitness

  • 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 planning
  • Recommended map system
  • Create a mapset
  • Download maps & imagery to a GPS app

Module 7: Skills

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

Module 8: More admin

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