Students in Visiting Assistant Professor of English Janelle Schwartz's Extreme Adventure Narrative class practiced winter rescue in Root Glen last week. They were reading Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void and were having a field day to experience what it's like moving an injured person in the cold.
The students learned to walk with ice axes, crampons and plastic mountaineering boots and carried an "injured" volunteer in a Stokes litter. The victim pretended she'd broken her leg and the others carried her out of a frozen stream and up a hill. Schwartz and Director of Outdoor Leadership Andrew Jillings supervised.