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International Mountain Climbing Experience for OLP Students

Friday, January 20th, 2012

On January 8th, 2011 three Outdoor Leadership Program students from Greenfield Community College traveled to Ecuador to Mount Cotopaxi (19,348’). They were to meet Austin Paulson, Coordinator for the OLP and Owner of Peak Expeditions, a US based mountain guiding business. Chris Rice, also from Peak Expeditions and his father Don also participated in the…


End of year assessments

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Pre holiday December was a real challenge for the OLP students.  Multiple days of assessment, individual conferences, and independent projects were all on the schedule.  Tough balance rotating between theoretical and practical exam stations. Everyone did great.  Hope everyone enjoys the holiday.


High Angle and Rope Rescue Training

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Last week the students worked on high angle rescue techniques.  Using high lines, mechanical advantage systems, and other related rope management systems, the students rescued “patients” from cliffs, confined spaces, and removed large boulders that trapped or pinned arms or legs.  This content was a continuation of the students rope management skills from the fall…


Climbing the Career Ladder

Monday, November 21st, 2011

After an excellent resume and interviewing clinic by Laurie Gullion on Friday, Monday OLP launched its annual Professional Panel and Career Day.  The students learned from a number of adventure providers about their agencies, jobs that were available, and ways to best prepare for entering the industry.  I was very impressed the the quality of…


Back from the White Mountains

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

On the 15th  of November the OLP students and staff returned from  our second major expedition of the semester.  Operating in two groups of 10 students and 2 staff both groups successfully completed the late fall backpacking expedition to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The OLP students traveled many miles, first by trail and…


Artificial gear placement for rock anchors

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

For rock instructor certification, students must efficiently and safely create a wide range of belay anchors.  Practicing on natural features such as trees and boulders is followed by artificial protection placed in cracks in the cliff face.  Devices like spring loaded camming devices, stoppers, and tri cams  can be placed and equalized together to create…


Expedition planning. Away we go.

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Expedition planning can be more challenging than students think.  Expeditions are planned to achieve certain objectives and goals.  Curriculum, institutional, group, and individual goals will all need to be addressed.  What type of terrain, how difficult is it, and how will the group manage the risks will need to be answered.  How to prepare the…


More pictures and posts on facebook

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Please take a moment and check out our Facebook page (outdoor leadership program) for more pictures and posts.  If you like what you see, “like” us or send us a friend request.  The more the merrier.


Climbing Program Completed

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

This has been the fastest week of OLP yet. The students did a fantastic job balancing the fun of rock climbing with the hard work of developing technical and group management skills at the rock sites. the weeks content centered on anchor building, knot tying, rope management systems, and movement fundamentals. We spent two days…


It looks like a game and feels like a game, but is not just a game!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Last week the OLP students spent the week working on developing their understanding of challenge course programming while playing new games, challenging field initiatives, and on constructed elements.  The students were fully engaged, had a blast, and were a blast to watch (thank you very much)!  The students spent much of their time presenting activities and getting feed…


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