SROM Wilderness Leadership Minor (WLM)
Through this Wilderness Leadership Minor (WLM) a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Semester, is the most intensive course that SROM offers. The WLM includes a Wilderness First Responder certification, a 40/40 course, the Wilderness Ministry Professional Course (a pre-requisite training course for all of SROM’s instructors), and the Rock Instructor I course.
Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM) is headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming and has been providing industry-leading wilderness expeditions for over 30 years. SROM has served institutions for higher education, schools, churches, parachurch organizations, and youth and young adults from throughout the country. SROM is committed to excellence in producing the next generation of competent, Christ-centered leaders. SROM has a proven track record of providing quality wilderness expeditions that are responsive and adaptable to the needs and desired outcomes of their partners and those they serve.
The WLM is an extended time in deep wilderness settings with a vibrantly authentic community. While no prior training is required, we do ask that students take this commitment seriously, and begin to prepare spiritually and physically for the challenges inherent in this semester.
Though this course is designed for all skill levels, it is important to be aware of the demands and challenges you may face. Listed below are some items to keep in mind when preparing for this course or considering signing up for this course:
- Pack weight: your pack will generally range between 40-60% of your body weight. It is not unusual for your pack to be up to 75 pounds.
- You will be hiking on uneven terrain, which may be rocky and/or muddy, and off-trail at times. The 40/40 section of your semester involves a mountaineering section, which includes snow travel and glacier travel. Depending on your itinerary, you may be on rocky approaches and descents, navigating talus and scree.
- Depending on the itinerary, you may be hiking 5-8 miles per day.
- SROM programs in areas of deep wilderness, and you may be hiking a days away from the nearest trailhead.
- Depending on where you currently live, you may experience a significant change in elevation. Laramie, WY is at an elevation of 7,165 feet, and SROM often plans this itinerary through areas that range between 7,000 to 10,500+ feet above sea level. Elevation changes may be +/- 2,600′ and, depending on the itinerary, you may be attempting a 13,809′ peak!
- Days on course are often long, and may require you to be up at 6 am and in bed at 10 pm.
- Community on course is often one of the highlights. We have students from a variety of different backgrounds, generally ranging in age from 18 – 28 years old.
SROM’s WLM is a unique, life-changing experience! This Summer Semester immersion program includes a Wilderness First Responder course, a 40-day wilderness backpacking expedition with on-and off- trail navigation and travel, back country cooking, back country risk management and bear awareness.
A 7 day Rock climbing instructor module that includes instruction on single-pitch and multi-pitch climbing. Instructors will also educate students on sport leading and traditional gear placement.
A Leave No Trace Master Educator certification. A beneficial supplement to any major or field of study, students make significant strides towards vocational fitness for wilderness programming and guiding, or can prepare for long term mission work in undeveloped and mountainous areas of the world.
Leave No Trace Scholarships are available to cover up to $350 of your WLM with SROM! Here’s How
A 14 Day Wilderness Ministries Professionals Course (WMPC) is also a part of the curriculum to help bring solidity to skills and teachings while on course.
The SROM WLM is the peak of SROM’s programming. Students who complete the Summer Field Semester will be better equipped to work and advance in the outdoor industry.
- Spiritual transformation – moving people from their actual to potential in Christ. Students practice spiritual disciplines, experience a 48-hour solo, and gain an understanding of the place of solitude, simplicity, and silence in the life of the believer.
- Authentic community – the close-knit temporary community that forms in the wilderness mimics what the local church should look like.
- Leadership development – God shaped leaders such as Abraham, Moses, Paul, and Jesus in wilderness settings. Students grow as leaders through reading and classroom sessions, then experientially by serving as “Leaders of the Day” during the expedition.
- Character formation – developing perseverance and resiliency, embracing challenges, and growing in Christ-likeness for the sake of others.
- Outdoor skills acquisition – sport and multi-pitch rock climbing, snow climbing with ice axe and crampons, roped travel, orienteering, backcountry cooking, and LNT are among the skills learned and experienced.