Fall 2017 PE Courses

Sign up now for Fall 2017 PE courses!  All COE classes are open to the public.  Most classes don't require any previous expereince.  Please review our enrollment and fee policies .  You can click on the courses below for dates, times, and fees. To sign up call our registrar at (607) 255-6183 or email kbw28@cornell.edu, or find us on student center during the enrollment period.  For COE courses that begin before 9/16, the drop deadline is Monday, August 28th.  The drop deadline for all other courses is Friday, September 8th.  You can add a COE course anytime up to the start date.

 

BACKPACKING AND CAMPING  |   BIKING  |   CAVING  |   HIKING  |   PADDLING
PERSONAL GROWTH  |   ROCK AND ICE CLIMBING  |   TRAIL RUNNING  |   TREE CLIMBING  |   WILDERNESS FIRST AID  |   SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

 

BACKPACKING AND CAMPING  

Backcountry Cooking 
PE 1601
Start Date - Wed Sep 13   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)

Ever wanted to learn how to make true gourmet food in the field?  This class will introduce students to gourmet skills that can be used in the backcountry including dutch ovens and twiggy fires.  

Backcountry Photography - Fall Break
PE 1607
Start Date - Wed Sep 20   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)

This class combines photography skills, appreciation for nature, and a weekend backpacking class.

Enjoy the beautiful sights in and around the Fingerlakes as you and your fellow students learn about some basic nature photography techniques, such as the rule of thirds, and how to maximize your use of exposure to get the shots you want.  No prior experience is necessary, but you will need a camera.

Fall semester class may go to the Adirondacks to catch the colors as we transition from summer to fall.

Backpacking in the Finger Lakes
PE 1610

   **FREE**

Start Dates: Section 1 - Wed Sep 13 (Drop Deadline 8/28/17), Section 2 - Wed Sep 13 (Drop Deadline 8/28/16), Section 3 - Wed Oct 11   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)

Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Fall Break Backpacking Trip 
PE 1611

Start Date - Wed Sep 27   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Enjoy your Fall Break in the beautiful natural surroundings of Ithaca. No prior experience is necessary. Students will learn some basic Backpacking skills as they spend Fall Break in the beautiful natural areas in and around Ithaca.
Wilderness Survival Skills
PE 1613
Start Date - Wed Sep 13   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Learn what you can do, should you become lost or stranded in the backcountry. This course covers general backcountry safety, and wilderness survival skills.

 

BIKING 

Bike Touring
PE 1666
Start Date - Thu Aug 31   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Take your bicycle riding to the next level and come learn the ins and outs of bike touring! The course will take you on weekly rides to develop your knowledge of bike safety, road riding and route planning and will culminate in an overnight trip.
Mountain Biking
PE 1664
Start Dates:  Section 1 - Tue Aug 29, Section 2 - Wed Aug 30    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Cruise along double and single track trails, grind up hills, splash through creek crossing, pause at scenic vistas and explore the local trails in style. Along the way we'll cover essential cycling skills for clearing logs, navigating downhill terrain, climbing hills and getting the most out of your mountain bike.

 

 

CAVING  

Caving
PE 1630
Start Dates: Section 1 - Sun Sep 3, Section 2 - Mon Sep 11    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
The most exciting and unknown terrestrial frontier lies deep inside cave systems! Expand your horizons to include the netherworld. Learn cave geology, map reading skills, rope systems, cave safety, environmental concerns, and hone teamwork and communication skills in this introductory class. Expect to be challenged and inspired as you explore caves in Central Pennsylvania and Eastern NY. You can expect to crawl and get dirty in these wild, beautiful caves.  One weekend outing includes car camping.  Attendance Policy - You must attend all sessions to get PE credit for this class.  The caving equipment list is available online.

 

HIKING   

Day Hiking
PE 1605
Start Dates: Section 1 - Sep 13, Section 2 - Sep 13, Section 3 - Sep 20    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Day hiking classes provide students with an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural areas around Ithaca. Learn some basic navigation and hiking skills while you make new friends.
Geocaching
PE 1609
Start Date - Sun Oct 15   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
This class will introduce students to Geocaching, no experience is necessary. Students should come to class prepared to be outside for the entire class length.
Outdoor Adventure
PE 1604
Start Date - Fri Oct 13   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Participants will spend a day canoeing, a day rock climbing, a day hiking trip, and then top it all off with an overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

 

 

PADDLING 

1,000 Islands Sea Kayaking - Fall Break
PE 1683
Start Date - Tue Sep 19   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Journey to a place of unique beauty just three hours north of Ithaca. A different country (Canada) and a different world, one that is perfect to explore from the cockpit of a sea kayak. Rich wildlife, granite cliffs and hundreds of rocky and forested islands, all after the hordes of summer tourists have departed. We start with basics in the Helen Newman Pool before moving on a lake and finally the St. Lawrence Seaway. Learn paddling, navigation, safety, natural history, and camping skills.
Adirondack Canoe Camping
PE 1670
Start Dates:  Section 1 - Wed Sep 27, Section 2 - Wed Sep 27    (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Experience the Adirondacks at their finest during Fall Break. Encounter first-hand what makes this place so spectacular: magnificent mountain landscapes scattered with changing fall colors, numerous lakes and waterways to paddle, starry skies to camp out under and the call of loons as they echo across the lakes. Your instructors will teach you the skills you will need to have an enjoyable canoe camping experience including paddling technique, portaging (carrying boats & gear between lakes), navigation, backcountry cooking, and various other canoe camping skills.
Intro to Sea Kayaking
PE 1674
Start Date - Tue Sep 5   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This class covers information about equipment, loading, launching & landing your kayak, exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water, and basic paddling stroke technique. Practice skills in the pool, spend a day paddling out on the lake and experience a weekend camping trip.
Kayak Rolling
PE 1685
Start Date - Thu Sep 21   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Kayaking can be alot more fun when you can easily turn your boat upright. Gaining confidence in your roll will make you a better paddler and give you an edge when taking your skills outdoors. Take advantage of this indoor-pool setting to learn, and/or fine-tune, kayak rolling techniques. Whether you are more interested in whitewater kayaking or sea kayaking; if you are a brand new paddler or you are just looking to take your skills to the next level, our instructors will work with you to ultimately make you a more skilled and confident boater. This three-evening class is designed to help progress your skills by working on bracing, edge control, different types of rolling, and more advanced skills . Not for PE credit.
Outdoor Adventure
PE 1704
Start Date - Fri Oct 13   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Participants will spend a day canoeing, a day rock climbing, a day hiking trip, and then top it all off with an overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Pool Paddling
PE 1680

**FREE**

Start Date - Tue Sep 26   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Learn the fundamentals of kayaking in the controlled environment of the pool. This class will give you a solid progression of skills that will be easily transferable to an open water or river experience. Learn and practice a wide range of skills in whitewater kayaks including fundamental paddling strokes, bracing, rolling and boat handling skills like edging and carving. Paddling games, a slalom gate course, and focused exercises will provide a fun and interactive group learning experience.
Recreational Canoeing
PE 1671
Start Dates: Section 1 - Tue Sep 5, Section 2 - Wed Sep 6    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Enjoy being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.
Stand Up Paddle boarding
PE 1675
Start Dates: Section 1 - Wed Sep 6, Section 1 - Fri Sep 8    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)

Try paddling standing up! We are excited to show you how much fun you can have on stand up paddleboards. Experience Cayuga Lake from a new vantage point. Stay active and engage your whole body. Learn something fun in a small group setting. Our instructors will teach you all the basics including: stance, paddling technique, turning, and more. No previous paddling experience is necessary but you must be a comfortable recreational swimmer to take this course.

Finding Your Flow: Stand Up Paddle board Yoga
PE 1676

 
Start Date - Thu Oct 13 (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)

Yoga balancing on a paddleboard? Yes! Come learn to float and flow in this all-levels stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga class!

Whitewater Kayaking
PE 1681
Start Date - Thu Aug 31   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
This is an introduction to whitewater kayaking including classes to get you comfortable in a kayak in the pool and progressing to class II / III whitewater. Learn basic boat handling skills such as edging, bracing, rolling, and paddle strokes. Kayaking on the river will give you the opportunity to learn how to read the water and practice maneuvering across current with ferries, eddy turns, and peel outs. River destinations will be dependent on river levels. This class culminates in a weekend camping trip with two days of paddling.

 

 

PERSONAL GROWTH  

Outdoor Tai Chi
PE 1700
Start Date - Tue Sep 5   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in learning Tai Chi? This class, an introduction to Tai chi will combine both of these elements. The class will occur on locations in and around campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.
Outdoor Yoga
PE 1702
Start Date - Mon Sep 11  (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in Yoga? This class an introduction to Yoga combines Yoga and the Outdoors. Classes will be held at various locations on and off campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.
Finding Your Flow: Stand Up Paddle board Yoga
PE 1676
Start Date - Thu Oct 13 (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Yoga balancing on a paddleboard? Yes! Come learn to float and flow in this all-levels stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga class!

 

ROCK CLIMBING  

Basic Rock Climbing
PE 1640
Many Sections   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Our Basic Rock Climbing course requires NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. We will introduce you to rock climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, rappelling, safety, and various climbing techniques. Classes have at least a 1:4 instructor-to-student ratio, ensuring a high degree of individual attention. Graduates of the class will be certified to belay at the Lindseth Climbing Wall.
Women’s Basic Rock Climbing
PE 1642
Start Date - Sun Sep 10   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Join us to explore the adventure and excitement of rock climbing in a close and supportive community. Whether it is to develop grace and coordination, to reach a deeper sense of personal achievement, to learn technical skills, or to share in a challenging activity, rock climbing is a dynamic sport that is drawing ever-increasing numbers of women. This class is open to all women and is similar to Basic Rock Climbing in all other respects.
Intermediate  Rock Climbing
PE 1647
Start Date: Section 1 - Sep 5, Section 2 - Sep 6   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Intermediate Rock Climbing focuses on developing and refining your climbing technique. Our most accomplished staff will teach you about sequencing, dynamic movement, high angle footwork and composure, as well as training and mental conditioning. Classes are held on the Lindseth and Kay2 Climbing Walls.
Advanced Rock Climbing
PE 1650
Start Date - Sep 6   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Advanced Rock Climbing is designed to improve your climbing through climbing specific training and cross-training conditioning. You will learn how to build and implement a climbing training routine, safely and effectively use a campus board and hang board, and participate in balanced muscle development to help prevent injury and keep climbing for a lifetime!  This class does not cover the skills necessary for lead climbing, please refer to Intermediate Rock Climbing
High Adventure
PE 1643
Start Date - Fri Sep 1   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Rock climbing, rappelling, traversing a gorge on rope, tree climbing, a ride on a 400 foot long zipline - every session has a new adventure for you. Activities are designed to teach you rope work and safety in addition to teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. This multiple-element course goes to Ithaca’s most popular vertical playgrounds: the Lindseth Climbing Wall and the Hoffman Challenge Course. 
Outdoor Basic Rock Climbing - Fall Break
PE 1652
Start Date - Sun Sep 24   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Learn basic rock climbing skills on real rock! We’ll spend four days during the peak of fall foliage climbing, camping, and relaxing in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. We will cover climbing equipment and technique, knots, belaying, rappelling, and natural history. As always, an instructor- to-student ratio of 1:4 ensures lots of personal attention and climbing time. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing
PE 1651
Start Dates: Section 1 - Mon Sep 18, Section 2 - Mon Sep 25    (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Learn basic rock climbing skills on real rock! We’ll spend a glorious weekend climbing, camping, and relaxing at Minnewaska State Park in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. We will cover climbing equipment and technique, knots, belaying, rappelling, and natural history. As always, an instructor- to-student ratio of 1:4 ensures lots of personal attention and climbing time. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Shawanagunks Rock Climbing - Fall Break
PE 1653
Start Date - Mon Oct 2   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Enjoy world-class rock climbing at one of the premier areas in the US, the Shawangunks! After an introductory class at the Lindseth Climbing Wall, we will travel to the 'Gunks for a 4-day rock camp that will teach you the skills to do multi-pitch climbs. A student-to-instructor ratio of 2:1 ensures individual attention and plenty of climbing for all. Prerequisites: Basic Rock Climbing or equivalent experience Belay certification.
Wellness Rock Climbing
PE 1646
Start Date - Tue Sep 5   (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced rock climber, why not spend your lunch break on the climbing wall? If you have ever wanted to try rock climbing, Cornell is the place to begin! Our Wellness Rock Climbing course requires NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE.

 

 

TRAIL RUNNING  

Trail Running
PE 1608
Start Dates: Section 1- Tue Sep 5, Section 2 -Wed Sep 6, Section 3 - Fri Sep 8    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

 

TREE CLIMBING  

Tree Climbing
PE 1657
Start Dates: Section 1 - Fri Sep 8, Section 2 - Sat Sep 9, Section 3 - Sun Sep 10    (Drop Deadline 8/28/17)
Everyone likes to climb trees, but what do you do if you can't reach the first branch? Learn to use ropes and harnesses to climb big trees! All instruction, equipment, and transportation is included in the course fee.

WILDERNESS FIRST AID  

Wilderness First Aid
PE 1625
  Start Dates: Section 1 - Sat Oct 21, Section 2 - Sun Oct 22, Section 3 - Sat Nov 11    (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
Essential first and second aid with an empahsis on backcountry and wilderness issues. Includes WFA, Standard First Aid, and CPR certificate of course completion.
Wilderness First Responder - Winter Break
PE 1626
Start Date - Thu Nov 30   (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)
This nationally recognized course provides the training and certification that is increasingly necessary for professional outdoor instructors or guides. The curriculum goes beyond the basics to emphasize the skills and knowledge needed in remote situations when extended care is necessary. This 8-day course covers assessment and treatment for a variety of medical problems commonly found in the backcountry, ranging from minor injuries and illnesses to major trauma and life threatening sickness. 

WFR Recertification
PE 1627

Start Date - Fri Dec 1  (Drop Deadline 9/8/17)

Re-certs for 3 years Wilderness First Responder. Topics include patient assessment, body systems, equipment improvisation, trauma, environmental medicine, toxins, backcountry medicine, wilderness protocols, and wilderness rescue.  Completion of pre-course study packet is required for all participants.