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The Call of the Wild

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe

The Call of the Wild

Taught by Professor Elizabeth K. Andre | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Hobby & Leisure Courses

We often think of “roughing it” in the outdoors—testing our mettle against the forces of nature and depriving ourselves of creature comforts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this introductory lecture, explore some of the many reasons to venture into the great outdoors. Find out how, instead of “roughing it,” you can “smooth it.”

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c********m
January 24, 2020
It's a wonderful course, I am starting it again for the 2nd time. Great first lecture. Dr. Andre is such a logical, informative and engaging lecturer.

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t********m
December 11, 2019
I find it offensive that this instructor finds is appropriate to encourage segregation of race and sexual identity while experiencing the outdoors. As a latino male am I expected to feel uncomfortable around "white people" or "black people"? Wouldn't I enjoy my time more with like minded people regardless of the color of our skin? I can't imagine someone finding out that I'm of Hispanic decent then being less welcoming in 2019 America. I'm sure it happens but the statistic of this is probably close to those stated of a snake attack. What a joke. What does someones race have to do with learning about the outdoors?

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e********t
November 23, 2019
I loved this series of lectures. Dr. Andre immediately established trust and rapport and she never lost it. I would be happy to have her lead any trip into the wild. I haven't camped in 50 years since the family car-camped in the Rockies. Essentially I am a newbie, and this series showed me there is so much to learn and not take it for granted. I think the focus of the series, staying safe, is spot on. So much on youtube and websites is how to choose gear, campsites, etc. and much seems commercial. None of this series felt that way at all. Even though the focus is on staying safe, Dr. Andre still made wanting to be outside desirable and fun. I do believe that is her goal. this is a great series for the newbie, and I am sure there might be something for the experienced as well.

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