Mountain Orientation Class
By Shane Tulp, Outdoor Education
This past September, a few of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Outdoor Education students of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville participated in a course called Mountain Orientation, also known as ‘Mountain O’. I had the pleasure of going on this educational experience this year. The trip was 14 days and brought us through the Collegiate peaks Wilderness, in Buena Vista, CO. In preparation for the trip, Mountain Orientation students had to prepare their food and meals in groups of two.
The best part of the trip may very well have been the colors from the peaking fall foliage of the Aspen trees as we began our trip. They were all in peak color throughout the whole trip which made the views even more spectacular than usual.
During the trip, we learned about all sorts of interesting things. My favorite part was map reading and learning how to navigate with a compass and topographic map. This came in handy because each day we would have two students be leader of the day. The leader of the day chose our route for that day, based on the maps and compasses.
Throughout the duration of the trip we would be faced with spectacular views. The above photo was taken of a lake from right on top of the continental divide. The continental divide separates water flow between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which is incredible to visualize while you are standing right on top
The trip was not all school work and there was plenty of opportunities for the gang to be able to enjoy themselves and goof around. Aside from balancing atop beautiful views we would go swimming, have fires and share stories.