Spence School

Credit: Cat Coe

Spence School

Improve your leadership skills by exploring the Southwest’s Sonoran desert on this 10-day backpacking expedition. On this expedition, you will evolve in this dynamic wilderness setting as you enhance your outdoor and leadership skills, and develop new friendships within your community. In the mountains, you will learn fundamental wilderness travel skills including camping, stove use, map reading, Leave No Trace techniques, and sanitation.

Your instructors will play evolving roles as your knowledge, experience, and abilities increase throughout this self-contained expedition. You will take on increasing levels of personal and team responsibility, putting your leadership practice into application as you lead your peers. Instructors will provide structured briefing, debriefing, feedback, technical expertise, risk management, evaluation, classes, and participant leadership and followership opportunities.

You will learn from your instructors and peers, as well as from the environment you are immersed in. This area is famous for its incredible diversity and wealth of plants and animals. You’ll travel through this desert terrain, from one water source to another, and will develop a new appreciation for the creature comforts of home and a resiliency for situations where resources are limited.

Sunset en route to the top of the Sheepshead in Arizona's Coronado National Forest.


2017 Dates

Course dates March 20th-29th, 2017
Course duration 10 days
Course location Tucson, Arizona
Course mileage 30-40 miles

For more information contact:
NOLS Custom Education 
800-710-6657 ext. 2720

Course participants backpacking in the distance through a field of tall grass in the Southwest.