Wyoming Wilderness: Discovering the Leader Within

Spring 2018

Experience a one-week wilderness expedition in the breathtaking and remote Wind River Range, Wyoming. Students will meet for class at JU during the Spring II 2018 term to learn about wilderness travel and prepare for the expedition. In July, we will gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and spend the night in town prior to embarking on the five-night expedition. Following the expedition, we will spend another night in Jackson Hole to celebrate our journey!

The course provides application of concepts and theory related to leadership, team building, conflict resolution, communication, decision-making, and expedition management. Health and safety competencies specific to wilderness expeditions will be developed and applied, including first aid and backpacking in a wilderness setting. Environmental skills and an understanding of the complexity, diversity, and fragility of wild-lands will be developed through application of the guiding principles behind Leave No Trace (LNT) and land managers’ decisions and regulations.


  • Successful completion of expedition orientation course; physical screening.
  • Participants must demonstrate appropriate physical preparedness during orientation.
  • No previous backpacking experience is required.

Course (3 credits)

NUR 424 / KIN 400 / CSD 350 / EDU 402

Faculty Instructor
Dr. Roberta Christopher joined Jacksonville University in April 2015 and has been a nurse for more than 20 years. She received both her BSN and MSN from the University of North Florida.  Dr. Christopher recently completed her doctorate of educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.  Her doctoral dissertation research study focused on the relationship among presenteeism, absenteeism, nurse safety outcomes, and quality of care.

Faculty Instructor
Dr. Mike Nancarrow
Outing Club Faculty Advisor



Faculty Instructor
Ron Harrell
Education Resource Specialist
School of Education


  • JU Credit (3 credits)
  • Wilderness Instructor/ Guide
  • JU Faculty Expedition Leaders
  • First and last night lodging in Jackson Hole
  • Welcome and departure dinners in Jackson Hole
  • Transportation to and from trailhead and Jackson Hole
  • Expedition meals while in wilderness (not including snacks)
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • 24 hour on-site support
  • On-site orientation

2018 Wyoming Study Away Backpacking Checklist


Personal Gear for all Participants

Backpack, at least 60 liters recommended

Extra-large heavy duty garbage bag to waterproof backpack contents

Lightweight backpacking Tent

Sleeping bag, 20-30 degree recommended for this trip

Two large lightweight waterproof stuff sacks (can be used for pillow, protect sleeping bag, other)

Sleeping pad (closed cell foam recommended; add lightweight inflatable on top for total luxary!)




Trekking poles (optional but highly recommended)

Energy food & snacks (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)

Energy drink mixes (optional)

Plastic bowl

Utensil(s) backpacking spoon or spork recommended

Pocket knife (useful while eating and as a general-purpose tool)

Two 2-liter water bottles or equivalent hydration reservoir

Large-volume cup for hot drinks and meals

Headlamp with extra batteries


Lip balm

Sun-shielding hat




Short-sleeve t-shirt (synthetic or wool – no cotton!)

Long underwear top and bottom (good sleepwear – synthetic or wool – no cotton!)

Long-sleeve shirt for sun, bugs (this can be your long underwear top)

Warm hat, cap, skullcap, or balaclava (synthetic or wool – no cotton!)

Quick-drying pants or shorts (convertibles or lightweight softshell are good options)

Hard-shell rainwear (jacket at least, pants a good idea)

Mid-weight fleece or down jacket or sweater

Wicking underwear (pack an extra, synthetic or wool – no cotton!)

Socks (pack an extra pair, synthetic or wool – no cotton!)

Thick socks for sleeping warmly (optional, wool recommended)

Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy trail running/hiking shoes

Lightweight gaiters (optional)



Crocs or similar (for fording rivers and streams, in camp)

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Side-Spiral Notebook, 4 5/8″ x 7″ for journaling assignment

Two # 2 pencil or two all-weather pens for journaling

Credit card; small amount of cash

Earplugs (to counter noisy campmates)

Toilet paper in gallon ziplock bag

Extra gallon-size ziplock bag for gargbage

Sanitation trowel

Menstrual products

Hand sanitizer

Insect repellent

Toothbrush – small toiletry kit

small biodegradable camp soap

Fully charged cell phone

Meals – provided by program instructors – make sure to leave some room for meals in your pack

Bandanna (great multipurpose item)

Quick-dry towel (optional)

Camera (optional)



For questions or advise, contact Faculty Dr. Nancarrow, mnancar@ju.edu, or

Guide Scott Egolf, southparkadventureguides@gmail.com