In this course, students integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in other program courses to identify, analyze, and manage areas of public and occupational risk within backcountry workplaces. Human, terrestrial, aquatic, and environmental hazards and risk are explored including an examination of leadership and decision-making skills, natural hazard analysis, land-use planning, risk management and mitigation, advanced navigation techniques, backcountry rescue, meteorology, and field weather forecasting.
This course is mainly taught in wilderness terrain. Students must be in good health and physical condition, as some instructional activities require participation for up to eight hours per day. Students must be able to hike, bicycle or snowshoe for four to eight hours at a time over rough, sometimes hazardous terrain in all weather conditions. In addition participants in this course must be able to swim at least one length of the pool.
Prerequisites: RFW 255 Spring Field School and RFW 200 Field Trip Study.