Outdoor Leadership Archives - Appalachian Mountain Club
Outdoor Leadership Archives - Appalachian Mountain Club

Outdoor Leadership

I’m an outdoorswoman. My first hikes were enjoyed from a pack on my parents’ backs, and I haven’t slowed down since. Paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and long-distance backpacking are all second nature to me now. So is doing it all with asthma. 26 million other Americans live with asthma, too. As an outdoor…

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As we head into the summer season, it is important to refresh those Wilderness First Aid (WFA) skills, which are essential to every outdoor excursion, big or small. As we all know, anything can happen out there so let’s take a moment to think about how you may handle common situations you might encounter in…

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I remember the look on his face. He was one of several participants in a role play exercise I was facilitating at a Boston Chapter Leadership Training program. In this role play, an individual was critical of a fellow participant who was having trouble keeping up with the rest of the group during a day hike….

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Chapters enjoy increased collaboration due to T3 training (CT Chapter: November 2017) The Center for Outdoor Learning & Leadership (COLL) Train the Trainer (T3) events on hiking and leadership, held in September at the Corman Harriman Outdoor Center in West Haverstraw, New York and in October at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Massachusetts,…

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Like many who read this blog, I spend plenty of time in the outdoors, personally and professionally, and my mother frequently expresses concerns for my safety. I always assumed my mom was referring to the inherent risks involved with outdoor activities when she mentioned my safety — until recently. During one of our conversations, she…

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As Jo moved south on the Laugavegur trail in Iceland, the rain began moving off, slanting columns of water drifting east. The sun reappeared, but more rain could be seen upwind, sweeping slowly over the mountains. For now, things were fine, as a massive crescent rainbow filled the sky to the northwest. It was day…

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If you work in the outdoor industry, as a volunteer, seasonal employee, or full-time professional, you may be familiar with the term “incident report.” (If you are not familiar with an incident report form, you can find an example of one here.) In the outdoor industry, incident reports are meant to capture a detailed, succinct and…

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Leading teams of hikers and climbers on the snow and ice poses many of the same challenges as a three-season adventure, but the stakes are raised considerably. Shorter days make turn-around times more critical, surviving an unplanned night out requires more know-how, and a white-out blizzard can quickly disorient even a seasoned navigator. Below are…

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If you are a trip leader for the AMC, you probably started your journey as a participant as its one-of-a-kind leadership training experience.  Hopefully, this prepared you well for leading trips in your favorite outdoor activity.  If you are not yet a leader, perhaps you have attended an AMC outing, focused on safety & fun,…

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  Part 2: Communication In the last installment, we discussed how people, or interpersonal skills, are an elusive component of leadership. As I mentioned before, the scope and complexity involved with these skills is hard to capture in a single word or phrase. Still, as leaders, mentors, facilitators, educators, or simply the intellectually curious, we…

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