The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Leisure Skills Course Profiles

Outdoor Recreation

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  • Camping & Backpacking (LS 145)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Basic camping and backpacking skills including map and compass reading, outdoor cooking, camping hazards and safety, site selections, and trip planning.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Ditching the comforts of modern society for cold, wet tents and ramen noodles. Its fun… trust me. (~Geoff)
    Understand the technical aspects that are involved with planning and executing a backpacking endeavor. (~Austin)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    All the skills you need to plan and successfully execute a weekend backpacking trip. (~Geoff)
    Through this course students will learn how to successfully journey out into the woods and conduct a safe and enjoyable multi-day trip. (~Austin)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Good food, scenic mountaintops, fun and embarrassment through map reading and navigation. (~Geoff)
    Learning to cook outside, Learning to poop outside, THE WEEKEND TRIP! (~Austin)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Everything you need except a warm coat, boots, and food.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    This course includes a mandatory weekend backpacking trip.
    Backpacking is a great opportunity to enjoy the natural world and see sights the way they were intended to be viewed.

    Other students have said…
    "First, my instructor really knew what she was doing. She taught us skills based on years of personal experience that we can take with us and use for years to come. Also, the relationships that I formed with both the instructor and my classmates will always be the kind of strong bond that you can't fake - we learned everything together by going out and participating in the activity, which is something that can be hard to do on campus. As a class, we were able to grow and learn from each other and we all walked away with valuable experience that I will recommend to anyone who asks (and also, probably, to people who don't ask)." (Fall 2010)

    Students can learn more about backpacking at…
    Backpacker.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Tracy Mainieri

    Sample Syllabus

  • Fly fishing (LS 175)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introductory course in the techniques of fly-fishing. Students learn casting, fly-tying, and equipment selection.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Students will learn fly fishing basics including knots, leaders, assembling equipment and also a special emphasis on fly casting.(~Mike W.)
    Going to the world’s best places and taking part in interaction with Nature (~Mike H.)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Fly Casting Basics (~Mike W.)
    That Fly Fishing is fun and can be a sport for life (~Mike H.)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Learning how to assemble the equipment, fly casting basics, optional fly fishing trip to the Chattooga River, learning how to care for the equipment required and learning how to use the proper fly to catch fish

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    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Fly Rods, Lines, Reels, Leader Materials, Fly Lines, and Waders

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Due to our geographic location, this class puts a special emphasis on fly fishing for trout.

    Students can learn more about Flyfishing at…
    www.americanangler.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Mike Watts
    Mike Harvell

  • Top Rope Climbing (LS 141)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Basic rock climbing skills, including philosophy, safety, knots, climbing techniques, site and supplies selection, and nature/conservation issues are covered.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    This course will introduce basic core rock climbing and belaying skills, including philosophy, safety, knots, climbing and belaying techniques and site management issues.

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    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to remain safe, while having fun, in a top rope climbing setting.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Climbing, meeting new people, and the optional outdoor trips.

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    All climbing equipment is provided.

    Other students have said…
    "I love working out and doing physical activities. I have always wanted to learn the techniques of rock climbing and better my knowledge in the subject. I loved this course because I was able to climb the wall once a week in class and then also any other day of the week out of the class during open climb. I liked learning certain techniques to better myself as a climber and see how far I could push myself. It was awesome seeing myself progress as the course went on by climbing harder routes and utilizing the skills I learned in the class. I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn or get into the rock climbing world. I am thinking about taking it again next semester because I enjoyed it so much." (Fall 2011)

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    Students can learn more about climbing at…
    amga.com
    pcia.us

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Glenn Middleton

    Sample Syllabus