Young Adult Wilderness Therapy with Sled Dogs!

It is official! We have secured our foundation dogs from a breeder in northern qimmiq-stamp-cedCanada, and are arranging the logistics for getting our foundation team of the world’s rarest, and North America’s only remaining indigenous dog breed… the Canadian Eskimo Dog (CED), also called the Canadian Inuit Dog (Nunavut), or Qimmiq.

More news to follow, but this marks a career-long goal of incorporating Eskimo dogs into our lives and programming, and a return to our early-career training as Dogsled Guides & Naturalists, for Polar Explorer & Author, Paul Schurke of Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Ely MN.

Our 1st LitterThe dogs will support our ski treks and will become hallmarks of our Alaskan Wilderness Therapy and Alaskan Trekking programs.

 

Email us at backcountryprof@gmail.com for more info on our upcoming programs:

Young Men’s 21-day Winter Trek: February 2017Mighty Kaska

Young Men’s Custom Winter Semester

You thought 2015 was a great year?

2016 Spring Semester is the beginning of a whole new world for EFSA & the PWSC Outdoor Leadership program in Valdez AK.

To start, here’s the semester schedule for PWSC Outdoor Leadership:

FLM 298 (3)- Film Research- Michael Brown & DB PalmerDirector Michael Brown on LoBuche

3-time Emmy winning film director, Michael Brown, and EFSA founder/producer, DB Palmer, are offering students the opportunity to join the crew, shooting an community engaged adventure film on location at the Valdez Ice-Climbing Festival! The course has room for participants of all skill levels, as we will be designing a collaborative, team shoot, as well as individual projects.

Field dates: 9am-5pm, February 12-15 (+Optional post-production Feb 16-17)

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor gear & clothing. ODS Gear list is available online. It is preferable if students use their own camera/film gear, and discounts are available through B&H Photography. External Harddrive for storage of footage, minimum 1 TB, Editing Software (or ability to utilize PWSC’s Valdez Computer lab) such as Adobe Premiere, DSLR Camera or HD Camcorder: lenses, microphone, extra batteries, tripod, and other kit. GoPro or other POV secondary camera system with boom and accessories (highly recommended). Pro Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards 64GB+ (the more the better, 1 minimum). Housing is available via Student Housing (separate expense) OR students may camp on their own.

Required Text(s):

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, ISBN-10: 193290736X\

Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch ISBN-10: 0240812093

Cinematography by Blain Brown ISBN-10: 1879505622

Course Fee- $275


 

ODS 120 (1)- Intro to Cross Country Skiing- Greta Palmer- TWR 12-12:50pm

Greta Palmer, MATake time to learn how to refine your Nordic Skiing technique and stamina, as well as increase your fitness during your lunch hour, three times a week, for a full semester (or as long as conditions exist for skiing)! Note: some sessions may be held in the Health & Fitness Center, based on instructor’s judgment.

Student Gear: Students may be able to check-out skis, boots, & poles (at no cost) from the H&FC. Students will be required to supply their own appropriate winter & workout clothing, water, and any necessary personal gear. ODS Gear list is available online.

Course Fee- $25


ODS 117 (2)- Expedition Fitness Training- Greta Palmer- R- 1-3pmGreta Thompson Pass VDZ 2015- 2

Backcountry skiing season is just around the corner. Want to get ripped and ready for backcountry touring and summer adventures? Are you looking to learn about expedition fitness while getting fit for your own personal and professional adventures? This course will focus on alpine-specific fitness for climbers, skiers, snowboarders, backpackers, & mountaineers; but the training is great for anyone looking to get in great shape.

Student Gear: Students must join the H&FC ($25). Students will be required to supply their own appropriate winter & workout clothing, water, and any necessary personal gear. ODS Gear list is available online.

Course Fee- $50

 


ODS 295 (1-3)- ODS Internship- DB Palmer- TBD

Get locked in to work with one of our local, or state-wide internship opportunities, from adventure tourism, adventure film, to expedition leadership.


ODS 266 (3)- Introduction to Safety & Risk- DB Palmer- T 1:30-2:20pm

DB Bear GuardLearn the basics and theory behind risk and safety in outdoor studies and then get actively involved with community engaged outdoor leadership events as student observers within their logistics and/or safety teams. Hands-on work and study. That’s how ODS should be.

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor & fitness clothing, water, and any necessary personal gear. ODS Gear list is available online.

Required Text(s): Safety, Risk, & Adventure in Outdoor Activities- 978-1412920780

Risk Management in Outdoor and Adventure Programs- 978-1450404716

Course Fee- $20

 


ODS 275 (3)- Media & Strategic Communications for Outdoor Professionals- T 2:30-4pm.

Developing communication skills, from marketing, film, logistical, and group Iditasportleadership perspectives; this community engaged course examines strategic media communication processes and techniques of creative and persuasive message preparation for outdoor professionals in a hands-on and field environment. The Field experiences for this particular course include participating with ODS Lead Faculty, DB Palmer, on the world-famous Iditasport Race Media team. Emphasis on principles and practices of planning and preparing print and electronic media for advertising, public relations, film products, and marketing with a particular focus on field-based communications for outdoor professionals. Particular emphasis is placed on utilizing the media outlets of Expeditionary Film School of Alaska and the Outdoor Studies department to bring student projects forward.

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor & fitness clothing, water, and any necessary personal gear. ODS Gear list is available online.

Field Dates: February 4-10

Required Text(s): Recreation, Event, & Tourism Businesses- ISBN-13: 9780736063531

Course Fee- $250


 

ODS 298 (2) – Adventure Research & Creative Activity- DB Palmer

EFSAJoin EFSA founder/producer, DB Palmer, as an assistant/collaborator in the development and preparation of a semester-long community engaged adventure film project, from the adventure leadership side of things, including: location management, location scouting, talent acquisition/relations, safety/risk concerns, project management, and film production. Course to take place at numerous venues, primarily as independent creative projects. Dates: Spring Semester, by arrangement with DB Palmer.

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor gear & clothing. ODS Gear list is available online. It is preferable if students use their own camera/film gear, and discounts are available through B&H Photography. External Harddrive for storage of footage, minimum 1 TB, Editing Software (or ability to utilize PWSC’s Valdez Computer lab) such as Adobe Premiere, DSLR Camera or HD Camcorder: lenses, microphone, extra batteries, tripod, and other kit. GoPro or other POV secondary camera system with boom and accessories (highly recommended). Pro Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards 64GB+ (the more the better, 1 minimum).

Course Fee- $250


ODS 218 (2)- Avalanche Certification Level II AIARE- Sarah Carter

Take the next step from your AIARE Avalanche level 1 to Level 2 with this course, EFSA Adamtaught in conjunction with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and our ace-avalanche educator, Sarah Carter. Course will be on location in, and around, Valdez, Alaska. This course fills fast, so don’t miss it!

Field dates: March 3-6, Valdez, AK.

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate backcountry ski or snowboard gear & clothing. Avalanche packs, shovels, beacons, & probes are available for checkout through the H&FC for this course. ODS Gear list is available online.

Required Text(s):

Course Fee- $75


 

ODS 161 (4)- Wilderness First Responder- DB Palmer & Dorothy Adler

WFRLearn how to respond to emergency medical situations in a remote and wilderness environment, from the backcountry to our remote Alaskan highways. This course is one of the most applicable, hands-on courses that you will ever take. Students that pass the skills tests and exam are awarded a national certification.

Bb Online- asynchronous

Field Dates- January 22-24 & February 26-28

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor gear & clothing. ODS Gear list is available online.

Course Fee- $225


 

ODS 110 (1)- Wilderness First Aid / WFR Recertification

If you are looking for a slightly less intense course than the WFR, or you need to recertify your WFR; this course might be just what you need.

Bb Online- asynchronous

Field Dates- February 26-28

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor gear & clothing. ODS Gear list is available online.

Course Fee- $250


 

ODS 250 (3)- Fundamentals of Search & Rescue- TBD

Why not use your spring break to get some solid field training? This course offers SAR Missionstudents the opportunity to train with AK Search & Rescue professionals and to certify as SARTECH II technicians. Presents practical and theoretical overview of search and rescue with a focus on the psychology of lost persons and survivors. Introduces small group search for lost persons and self-rescue. Introduces local and national Search and Rescue (SAR) systems and operational methods.

Field Dates- Spring Break, March 12-20

Student Gear: Students will be required to supply their own appropriate outdoor gear & clothing. ODS Gear list is available online. SAR personal gear list available. Housing is available via Student Housing (separate expense).

Course Fee- TBD


 

FLM 290 (3)- Digital Video Editing- Woodruff Patrick Laputka

Woodruff Patrick LaputkaEver wanted to learn how to take your footage and create a quality film or video? This course will take your footage to new levels as you learn the tips and tricks to navigate Adobe Premiere, and other editing software. Featuring our premiere instructor from Laputka Films. We are thrilled to offer this course on-campus AND via distance learning!

Student Gear: It is preferable if students use their own camera/film gear, and discounts are available through B&H Photography. External Harddrive for storage of footage, minimum 1 TB, Editing Software (or ability to utilize PWSC’s Valdez Computer lab) such as Adobe Premiere, DSLR Camera or HD Camcorder: lenses, microphone, extra batteries, tripod, and other kit. GoPro or other POV secondary camera system with boom and accessories (highly recommended). Pro Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards 64GB+ (the more the better, 1 minimum).

Off-campus students will be required to have access to video editing software, 2TB harddrive, editing quality PC or Mac, and able to navigate the internet effectively.

Required Text(s):

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, ISBN-10: 193290736X\

Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch ISBN-10: 0240812093

Cinematography by Blain Brown ISBN-10: 1879505622

Course Fee- $0

 

For more info, please call: (907)834-1600

or email me at: dbpalmer@pwscc.edu

Summer 2015- Adventure Film & Outdoor Studies in Alaska

As we near our sophomore year of operation, we have gained traction quickly as the *first and only accredited adventure film program within a university system. We have begun some very exciting collaborations with Alaskan organizations, filmmakers, and educators; and, we are ready to offer our students unparalleled access to these opportunities.

Register for classes here! Select Summer 2015, PWSCC Campus, and ODS


Summer 2015 Options:

Dr. Palmer leading a raft trip on the Gulkana River.
Dr. Palmer leading a raft trip on the Gulkana River.

ODS 152- Beginning Rafting: Join us for a multi-day raft/float on the Copper River with the Wrangell St. Elias National Park Service from Chistochina to Chitina, Alaska. We will be shooting a short video for the National Park Service. Students are NOT required to be film students, but can assist as they choose. May 18-21/22


ODS 112- Swiftwater Rescue Technician: co-taught by ODS and Rescue 3 International.

The SRT1 course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems. The SRT1 class also provides the rescuer the foundation to the NFPA Swiftwater Technician level. Swiftwater Technician level is a mandatory training level for inclusion on a Federal Emergency Management Agency Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team at all Team levels. May 29-31


ODS 295- ODS Internship (by arrangement with Dr. Palmer)


ODS 298- Adventure Research & Creative Activity: Join Dr. Palmer’s summeEFSA Circular Logo- Axes canoes and Aurorar adventure project (film-based). A collaboration with multiple adventure and wilderness-based organizations. As this is a project-based course, students will be selected based on their experience and interests.

Students in ODS 298 do not have to participate in all/any field sections to participate in this course. Participation will be discussed with Dr. Palmer, directly, as this is a creative research project.


ClassesODS 153- Beginning Sea Kayaking: Join ACA Deputy State Director/Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, DB Palmer, for two practice evenings and then a day-trip in the Bay of Valdez, Alaska! This course is suited, and designed for, beginning sea kayakers (those with little/no experience). Join us for the chance to paddle your local paradise with small class size. Each student will paddle a solo boat! This course has three sections, and students sign up for just one of them.

 

Register for classes here! Select Summer 2015, PWSCC Campus, and ODS

Summer 2015 Collaborations (partial list):

BLM logoWSE NPS logoCopper River Watershed project logoRescue 3 logo

 

 

*We are the first and only accredited adventure film program housed in an academic degree program, as far as we are aware.