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Gannett Peak Expedition Course

Gannett Expedition

Summer 2017 | 5 credit hours 
ENR 4890/5890 (3) – Gannett Expedition
KIN 4074/5587 (2) – Independent Fitness Training

In this course students will develop the skills, knowledge, and competency to camp and travel safely and swiftly in snowy, mountainous terrain entirely self-supported. This course will provide the next level of academic and field training for students interested in increasing their wilderness, outdoor leadership, and expedition skills.
Pre-Course Sessions

Kendall House (804 E Fremont) 
Wednesday, April 12, 6-8pm
Wednesday, April 19, 6-8pm
Session 1 EXPEDITION TRAINING May 28 - June 2 
Six consecutive full days of intensive training---including map and compass, crampon technique and expedition behavior at UW and the surrounding area. Each morning will be spent in the classroom, each afternoon in the field. 
Students will complete an independent 10-week physical training program. 
Session 3 GANNETT PEAK EXPEDITION  Aug 18 - 26
Students will travel to Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains and attempt the highest mountain in Wyoming, Gannett Peak, at 13,801 feet. 

Because of the nature of mountaineering, class size will be limited and an application will be required. While some knowledge of or previous experience with backcountry travel, mountaineering, and expedition planning would be beneficial, it is not required. Students will be admitted not simply on their existing knowledge and skill sets, but on their cheerfulness, respectfulness of others, ability to work in a team and to resolve conflict with equanimity. 
This course requires complete student involvement in all aspects of the program for the full duration of the course. Field components of the course will involve serious backcountry travel and camping, inclement weather conditions, hiking, and mountaineering. We ask all applicants to be aware that this course involves serious backcountry travel and its inherent potential dangers.  

Course Instructor 

University of Wyoming Writer-in-Residence and National Geographic Contributing Writer Mark Jenkins. Derek Smith, UW Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health, will be overseeing the 10-week physical training component.   

Requirements & Fees

  • Course fees: $600 (includes all transportation and instruction)
  • Course fees do not cover:
    • UW tuition & fees
    • hiking boots (must be broken-in prior to expedition)
    • appropriate outdoor clothing
    • Session 3 meals and snacks (expedition food planning & prep will be covered during Expedition Training)
    • textbook: Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills ($20)
  • Students must attend all course meetings in Laramie: Apr. 12, Apr. 19, May 28 – June 2, meet in Laramie for travel to Dubois Aug. 18-26
  • Students must complete the full Independent Physical Fitness Program (10 weeks)
For more information: contact Mark Jenkins, -- 307-745-0010
*Applications are not currently being accepted for this course*
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