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Exploring the Literature of American Wilderness

3 Credits of English (GH and US); and 1.5 credits of RPTM 001 604 (GHW)

In the classroom and on the trail you will read, discuss, and write about how adventure and wilderness literature can give us a greater understanding of the relationship between humankind and the natural world.  This 4.5 credit experience-based program will also help you develop and improve your backcountry travel skills.  It will feature four days of hiking, covering three to eight miles a day, in the federally-protected wilderness area, Dolly Sods, in the West Virginia Highlands.  We will also spend a day rock-climbing at a nearby rock gym, and we will cap the semester with an adventurous and fun white-water weekend on the Youghiogheny and Cheat Rivers.

Class Meetings and Field Trip

Class meets each Wednesday of the semester from 6:00 to 8:00

Late February: Day of rock climbing and instruction on campus.

Late April:  4 days of backpacking and exploration in the Dolly Sods Wilderness (\

Late April-Early May:  White-water weekend.  We leave on Saturday and raft the Lower Yough out of Ohiopyle, PA.  We stay overnight and have a cookout at the Trillium Lodge in Ohiopyle, and we leave the next morning to experience the Cheat River Narrows in West Virginia in duckies (