- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books; 2 edition (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193402841X
- ISBN-13: 978-1934028414
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership: Trip Planning * Group Dynamics * Decision Making * Leading Youth * Risk Management Paperback – September 14, 2010
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"A thorough, field-tested examination of what makes the best outdoor leaders . . . and how one of them could be you."
--Robert Birkby, author of the Boy Scout Handbook, Mountain Madness, and Lightly on the Land
"An outstanding resource for both leaders and followers . . . Vignettes from a wide variety of outdoor trips effectively illustrate Kosseff's points." --Trail & Timberline, Colorado Mountain Club magazine
"An excellent resource for leaders new and old. . . . This is a well-written, enjoyable leadership resource that will be valuable to anyone responsible for leading trips . . ." --Dan Garvey, President, Prescott College (1st edition review)
"Whether you are an aspiring or experienced outdoor leader, this work should be in your library--where you can reach it."
- Jed Williamson, Editor of Accidents in North American Mountaineering (1st Edition Review)
". . . . tackles a complex topic in a clear & engaging manner. Stories of real leadership situations help develop critical-thinking skills . . . ." -- Ian Wade, Executive Director, Outward Bound International, Inc (1st Edition Review)
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Nit picking....and this really applies to all of the books in this niche. They all need to consider the development of a "syllabus" of chapters or even a set of books where the study and ownership of the series completes your "education" in Outdoor Leadership. The other issue is more practical...not every one has the interpersonal skills or feel for people that is needed to be an effective outdoor leader.
The last issue is Judgement... and I don't know how to teach judgement other than providing "lots" of experiences that build on each other that in the end provide a person with the context for good judgement. And then the application of that judgement within some higher level ethical context. The AMC Outdoor Leadership provides this ethical context.
It seems to be written more in an anecdotal form rather than written in a lecture or "classroom" style.
I found the "stories" helpful and thought-provoking.
It would be helpful to both novice outdoor leaders as well as any with years of experience as well.