This course aims to introduce principles of outdoor leadership largely through the realms of experiential education, seminar-style discussions, and personal reflection. While aiming to keep the lessons applicable to varied situations in the outdoors, or even in the ‘paved world,’ the lessons will use group backpacking expeditions as a framework for learning. Students have the option of participating in Project WILD’s spring break backpacking trip as well as plan their own small group weekend trip to gain real experiences with leadership in the outdoors. In class, students will discuss topics including risk and emergency management, race, sex, and gender in the outdoors, non-directive leadership, consensus, and environmental stewardship and justice. They will hone skills that will aid in navigating risk-taking, interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics.