The mission of the Outdoor Leadership Institute is to develop student leadership through meaningful experiences in the outdoors. The curriculum is designed to challenge the strength, intellect, and attitudes of all participants, and to serve as a catalyst for academic achievement, athletic success, social maturity, and personal growth. The OLI is not a survival course, therapeutic program, or leisure pursuit. Students who enroll in the course should expect to be held to high standards of conduct and scholarship, while learning and applying back country skills alongside their peers and faculty. This opportunity is offered to Providence Hall students who will enter grades 9-12 in the fall.
The Outdoor Leadership Institute is directed by Mr. Andy Gill, Providence Hall Director of Student Life and Physical Culture, and Mrs. Becca Gill, Providence Hall Director of Campus Life. The Gills have trained with the National Outdoor Leadership School, American Mountain Guides Association, and the Professional Climbing Guides Institute. They are proficient in back country skills and have practical experience guiding students in wilderness settings.
#1 Ansel Adams Wilderness: June 10 – 14 ($200)
This trip will head to the Mammoth Lakes area, spending two nights in base camp while preparing gear and food, practicing back country skills, and setting the stage for a unique learning experience. Students will be challenged both physically and mentally in base camp. Technical rock climbing and rappelling will be used to build teamwork and trust. Journaling activities, group discussion, and leadership lessons will foster personal and spiritual growth. The intended route will begin from Agnew Meadow, traversing through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and camping at a variety of back country lakes and streams. Participants will spend two nights in the wilderness, finishing at Red’s Meadow in time to enjoy a celebratory meal at the resort’s grill.
#2 Evolution Basin Loop: July 23 – August 1 ($250)
This trip is the quintessential High Sierra hike. In between two Sierra Crest crossings, it visits beautiful and famous Evolution Basin. Students will spend two days in base camp at South Lake, preparing for the hike. In addition to packing gear and food, the group will participate in technical rock climbing and rappelling to build teamwork and trust. Journaling activities, group discussion, and leadership lessons will foster personal and spiritual growth. On Day 3, the group will head into the Inyo and Kings Canyon Backcountry for an extended wilderness experience. After 52 miles and eight days of travel, we will arrive at North Lake for hot showers and then head into Bishop for a celebratory meal at Schat’s Bakery. This trip is open to OLI alumni only.
#3 Mammoth Crest Loop: August 5-9 ($200)
This five-day trip option provides a great opportunity to explore the mountainous country south of Mammoth Lakes. The first two nights will be spent in base camp at Lake George, preparing for the hike and exploring several rock climbing locations. Students will learn leadership principles, and build trust and teamwork among the group. On the third day, we will head into the back country on a circuitous route around the Mammoth Crest. Students can expect spectacular scenery while traveling on the Pacific Crest Trail and visiting alpine meadows and lakes. The loop is approximately 18 miles and involves the least elevation change of the OLI trips, making it a great introduction for first timers OR a conservative option for less ambitious experienced backpackers.
For more information, please contact Andy Gill, Director of Physical Culture, at 805-962-4400 or email@example.com.