• Letting the Trip Take Us: One Expedition, Four Different Journeys

      Soroka, Larry; Beckler, Jenn; Farnham, Maeghan; Stone, Aaron (2014)
      This Senior Expedition Proposal created and submitted by seniors Jenn Beckler, Maeghan Farnham and Aaron Stone, compiles the research and clarifies the intentions of our month-long rock climbing expedition in the Southeastern US, in adherence to SUNY Plattsburgh's Expeditionary Studies (EXP) guidelines. Included in the proposal are explanations of Expedition Theory and Planning course requirements; team member introductions and goals with group dynamics, leadership and decision making preparation; logistical preparations including training, nutrition, equipment, budget and risk management plan; and the natural history and climbing culture of three climbing locations with specific itinerary. Beyond executing our Senior Expedition to obtain a bachelor's degree, we consider it our greater goal to gain confidence as climbers and outdoor professionals. Fourth team member, EXP sophomore Alex McLaren completes the team (referred to as we/us/our). In May and June 2014 we will be spending four weeks rock climbing in Red River Gorge, KY; Linville Gorge, NC; and Seneca Rocks, WV specifically to improve our relatively new lead and multi-pitch climbing skills. Certainly at times, the planning--the writing-- seemed a struggle, but in its realization we have discovered how intentional our adventure has become and we can hardly wait to learn where it will take us.
    • Life in the Range of Light: Reaching New Heights

      Soroka, Larry; Friedland, Aaron (2014)
      The following expedition proposal created and submitted by myself, Aaron Friedland, with input from my expedition partner Aaron Stone, is a compilation of all the research, as well as a clarification of the intentions and goals of our team during an extended backcountry-climbing trip to California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. This plan is in accordance to the guidelines, rules and ethics established by SUNY Plattsburgh's Expeditionary Studies (EXP) program. Included in this proposal is a detailed explanation of our goals, theories and methods. This is the senior capstone course that puts all of our learning into practice in the form of an unsupported student planned and led expedition. However, beyond the surface level motivation to complete the course requirements and obtain our bachelor's degree, this expedition is a manifestation of our desire to build our skills, gain practical, hands-on experience and further our professional development.