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Robert Speik offers popular wilderness mountaineering classes in 2000


It's a well-known fact that Central Oregon is an outdoor recreation haven, and with the help of Central Oregon Community College, even more locals will be able to enjoy that experience.

COCC has released its schedule of spring classes for the Community Education Program, including several new outdoor oriented topics.

In the Leave No Trace class, participants will learn outdoor and teaching skills, ethics and techniques necessary to be a Leave No Trace educator. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certification to conduct Leave No Trace outreach and education programs.

Hikers can take part in several different hiking classes led by local naturalist Jane Thomas. Classes include instruction in local flora and fauna.

For the more adventurous, Wilderness Mountaineering instructor Robert Speik will be leading numerous classes. Alpine Rambling will teach participants about wilderness travel and non technical climbing. A field trip portion of the class is also offered.

Lite Pack'n will teach advanced skills for backpacking.

Wilderness Navigation will cover the fundamentals of wilderness navigation, including trip planning and route finding.

In June, Speik will lead a South Sister climb. The class is limited to nine participants and will require instructor approval.

Comfort in camping is key in the Backcountry Cooking class. Participants will learn how to plan, pack and prepare meals in the backcountry.

Spring Cross-Country Ski Touring will take advantage of the abundance of snow Central Oregon has received this winter. Participants will ski a different trail each week and must be able to ski four miles.

Fishermen can learn the ropes in Beginning Fly Fishing. The class will cover equipment, casting, fly selection, reading water and nymph and dry fly fishing. Float Tube Fly Fishing will teach the basics of intermediate fly and dry fly fishing from a float tube or kick boat.

Two classes will be devoted to mountain biking, including Mountain Biking Techniques, covering the basics of mountain biking on Bend's back roads, and Bicycle Maintenance and Repair, which will teach participants how to take care of problems while on the road.

Anyone looking for a unique experience can check out the Llama Hike. Participants will be able to spend an afternoon hiking with a llama and learning how the animals can be used for packing. A gourmet lunch will be included in the class.

Registration for these, as well as a multitude of other Community Education Program classes, has already begun. Mail, fax and e-mail registration is being accepted, and phone and in-person registration will begin Monday.





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