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August Wilderness 2019

August Wilderness 2019

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Course Overview
  • Duration: 20 days (0.5 day orientation, 11 days backpacking, 6 days road-tripping, 2.5 days Richmond re-orientation)
  • On and off trail travel in alpine and sub-alpine zones (8,500-12,000 ft)
  • Possible 12,000+ ft peak ascent
  • Approximate pack weight at heaviest: 50-60 lbs.
  • Typical Male/Female ratio: 40/60
  • Average Group Size: 9 students/ 3 instructors
  • 3-semester credit hours earned

On this course you'll receive an introduction to the essentials of wilderness travel, in addition to learning more about yourself, your new peers and leaders, and Earlham College. You'll pick up skills including minimum impact camping, mountain travel, map and compass navigation, and outdoor leadership. There will be lessons on geology, environmental ethics, and natural and cultural history (among others). Working hard, traveling over steep, rocky terrain with a pack on your back, in any kind of weather, you'll find strengths you never knew you had!

Our hikes will typically be between five and ten miles a day, at elevations ranging from 8,000 to 12,000 feet. We will make our way along river valleys, travel broad glacier-carved basins, and ascend some of the highest peaks and passes in Utah. As the program progresses, you will take on increasing responsibility for yourself and for the group. There will be rest opportunities along the way to allow time for solitude and reflection. Towards the end of the course, you will test the skills you have acquired with student-led travel days, where you'll make decisions with peers and rely less on input from your instructors.

This experience is a college-level, three-credit course. As such, there will be assigned reading and you will be expected to participate in all course discussions and related activities. In addition, there will be several assignments to complete in the form of journal essays and mini-presentations. Evaluation and grading on the course will be Pass/No Pass. Students will be given a written and oral evaluation at the midway point and at the conclusion of the course.

Application Process
If you haven't already submitted your non-refundable $250 deposit, please confirm your place in Earlham's Class of 2023. Only students who have completed this step are eligible to apply for August Wilderness 2019.

Applications for August Wilderness open on February 1, 2019, and close June 15, 2019.*

*Please note that the application deadline has been extended from the original date of June 1.

The process is as follows:

  • Fill out an online August Wilderness application form.
  • You will receive an email notifying you of your participation status.
  • If accepted, you will receive via email information on paying the $200 deposit for August Wilderness 2019.
  • Upon receiving your August Wilderness deposit, you will receive a course information packet with forms to return.
  • Return liability release waiver, health forms* and vaccination record.
    • *There are two health forms to complete: the Earlham College Health Record Form and the August Wilderness Physical Examination Form. Your complete Earlham College Health Record Form and the August Wilderness Physical Examination Form should be taken to your physician for review and completion. Both completed forms should be returned to Earlham College Health Services.
  • Complete participant questionnaire and arrival information.
  • Once all paperwork is complete your place will be confirmed.
  • Your student account will be charged with the course fee balance on July 1, 2019.
Meet Your Instructors

Seth Hopper

Seth Hopper
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Kevin Miles

Kevin Miles
Professor of Philosophy

Emmett Smith

Emmett Smith
Assistant Professor of Biology



Andy Clifford
Director of Outdoor & Environmental Education


Corey Fritz
Assistant Director of EPIC Programs


Jamey Pavey
Director of Environmental Leadership Program

August Wilderness Program
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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374



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