Date of Award

Fall 2014

Degree Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Dr. Larry Soroka

Abstract

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.

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