NRRT 351 - Wilderness Instructors

  • 3 credits

Ever considered being an instructor or guide in the outdoor recreation industry? Learn the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to instruct students in the backcountry and various outdoor recreation activities.

This hands-on course will give you the tools to instruct in mountain environments. Topics include avalanche safety, backcountry ski/snow travel, river rescue techniques, and how to lead sport and traditional rock climbing routes.

Must register for lecture and laboratory

Important Information

This course is a hands-on Wednesday night course.

Field trip dates are:

Overnight-Backcountry Skiing/Avalanche Awareness

March 2-3

Rock Climbing

April 13-14

Instructors

Ethan Billingsley
Ethan Billingsley

(970) 491-4994 | ethan.billingsley@colostate.edu

Ethan Billingsley is an alumnus of Warner College – earning his B.S. in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism and his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He served as director of undergraduate programs in the college from 2008-2018. Additionally, he is an instructor for the Adventure Tourism graduate certificate program in HDNR.

Prior to joining CSU, Ethan worked as both an educator and guide in various capacities. He has led single and multi-day whitewater rafting trips for the last 20 years and is currently a certified raft guide in the state of Colorado. He has climbed all 58 of the Colorado’s 14,000ft mountains and led many CSU groups to those summits as well. He also spent 7 summers working in summer camps where he gained considerable experience in group dynamics and leadership. Additional experience has included work as a rock-climbing instructor, backpacking guide, and sea-kayaking naturalist. Ethan loves learning about the ecology of an area as much as he likes adventuring in it. In his free time, Ethan loves spending as much time as he can with his wife and two sons in the outdoors.

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