Summer Field Camp

Geology 436

GEOL 436 – GEOLOGY SUMMER FIELD COURSE, 6 CREDITS
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
SUMMER 2018

Panoramic photo of field camp site with students

Course Description:

The Colorado State University Geology Summer Field Course (GEOL 436) emphasizes a rigorous approach to geological field studies, with a strong concentration on geological mapping.  The course is taught throughout Colorado and New Mexico.  The course is divided into modules taught by specialists in these areas.  Each module will include a final report that will be prepared in the field.  Check out this article about students’ field course experience. Watch our video of the field camp experience! *Please note that based on projected CSU student enrollment for the Summer 2018 field camp, we do not expect to be able to accommodate non-CSU students in the course.  

Dates:

May 23 – June 24, 2018

Prerequisites:

GEOL344, GEOL364, GEOL372, GEOL376; Recommended: GEOL454, GEOL366

Materials:

Recommended reference texts: Class texts in each of the required courses as listed above and a mineralogy reference book; field and camping equipment (list handed out)

Cost: 

Students enrolled in GEOL 436 will be assessed summer tuition and fees based on their residency status.  In addition to the standard tuition and fees, students will also be assessed a special course fee for GEOL 436.  The special course fee assists with transportation and lodging costs associated with the field course.  Please visit the Student Financial Services website for information on summer financial aid.

* Important *

This course will adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado State University General Catalog and Student Conduct Code. A student may be dismissed from the course at the discretion of an instructor for impairing the safety of others or themselves at any time during the course whether in the field or not; for impairing the ability to return to the same area the following year; and for violating local, state, or federal laws. A student can be refused access to the field if intoxicated or otherwise impaired.

The Colorado State University Student Conduct Code applies to conduct that occurs on University premises and at University-sponsored programs or activities. It also applies to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community, poses a threat to persons or property, or damages the institution’s reputation or relationship with the greater community.  The Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services decides whether the Student Conduct Code applies to off-campus conduct on a case-by-case basis.

Waiver and Medical Form

Download, sign, and submit the: STUDENT RELEASE FROM RESPONSIBILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK, AND WAIVER and MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM (2018 versions available soon)

Course Schedule:

Start: May 23

Field Camp starts with Professor Bill Sanford. arrive at department ready (meaning the vans are packed to leave by 8:00am)

Finish: June 24

Return to Fort Collins from last project (late evening)

Tentative Weekly Schedule:

Session 1:

Bill Sanford: May 23 – May 29
Tentative day off:  May 29 – travel day

Session 2:

Sean Gallen: May 30 – June 4
Tentative day off:  June 4- travel day

Session 3:

Sven Egenhoff: June 5 – June 11
Tentative day off:  June 11 – travel day

Session 4:

John Ridley: June 12 – June 17
Tentative day off:  June 17 – travel day

Session 5:

John Singleton: June 18 – June 24
Travel home:  June 24

 Please Note:  All students are required to stay in Silverton overnight until the morning of the 24th of June before returning home. This will apply to every student without exception.

Logistics:

  • You have to sign a liability and medical information form and hand them in to Jerry or the Academic Success Coordinator prior to the departure.
  • Students are responsible for supplying their own camping equipment and for buying and preparing their own food. It is highly recommended to form cooking groups of 3–4 persons. There will be opportunities to purchase groceries at least once a week, with more numerous opportunities to purchase food (and ice) at smaller markets.
  • The first two modules are based at campgrounds; the last three will be based out of dormitory accommodation.
  • Students are responsible for bringing field mapping equipment, except Brunton compasses and GPS equipment, which will be available for loan from CSU. In addition, first aid kits will be loaned by CSU, and, as needed, radios. Students are responsible for proper care of equipment from the time received to the time properly checked back in by a TA or instructor. Damage or loss of equipment will be billed to the student.
  • Students and faculty will camp or stay near field project areas and use CSU vans for daily transportation to the project sites. A limited number of personal vehicles will be allowed on the trip on a first-come, first-served basis.  Personal vehicles are allowed for transportation to camp sites and for use after hours. People using CSU vehicles to transport their gear must limit their gear to reasonable amounts (e.g., maximum of one week’s supply of food).  Please note that CSU is not liable for any damage to personal vehicles used during the course and that vehicle owners are liable for their vehicle and any damage incurred to the vehicle during the course.  CSU is not responsible for insurance coverage to personal vehicles and vehicle owners are responsible for providing insurance for their own vehicle.
  • Approximately one day of free time per week is scheduled, with timing dependent on weather.

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Field Equipment:

  • Hand lens
  • Geological hammer and holster. Avoid very light-weight hammers. See instructors for more advice.
  • 2 hard covered field notebooks, plain ruled (not grid)
  • Mechanical pencils (H or 2H lead best)
  • Ultra-fine point black or blue Sharpie pens are excellent for note-taking, but recognize these cannot be erased (which is okay) but they do not work in wet conditions.
  • Fiber-tipped drafting pens, multicolored, must be waterproof (test them before buying!)
  • Good eraser and extra lead for pencils
  • Waterproofed clipboard for base maps and 9″ x 9″ aerial photos (min. size 10/13″) with heavy acetate cover sheet to keep maps clean and dry, or something like:

Magnet (combination scriber/magnet or swing magnet preferred)

Photo of magnet and scriber combination tool
  • Pocket knife (Swiss Army-type with scissors work best)
  • Acid bottle (get plastic or polyethylene and label clearly as containing acid!)
Photo of small acid bottles with caps
  • Permanent, black felt-tipped marker (e.g., Sharpie) for marking samples
  • Mapping ruler with protractor (get an extra)
Photo of mapping ruler
  • Colored pencils (at least 12 colors: get waterproof ones!)
  • Day pack for 3 liters of water, extra clothing, personal first aid kit, lunch, samples, camera,
  • Some type of notebook case or field vest 
  • Chapstick and sun screen (waterproof 15+ to block UVA and UVB, not suntan lotion)
  • First aid kit (small) w/ ace bandage, gauze pads, Band-Aids, Tylenol
  • Binoculars, camera (optional but highly recommended)
  • (Brunton compasses, GPS, radio, and surveying equipment furnished by CSU)

Course Equipment:

  • Calculator or computer (bringing a laptop is recommended); flash drive
  • Straight edge
  • Drafting tape (masking tape type)
  • Course textbooks: Ig-Met Pet, Structural, Sedimentology, Mineralogy reference book; Handouts
  • 8.5x 11” graph and tracing paper
  • Grain-size card (commercial or home-made)
  • Equal area stereonet (laminated, keep thumb tacks separately)
  • Geologic glossary (optional)

Required Field Clothing:

  • Sturdy hiking boots in good condition (middle-weight are best); make sure they fit well and are broken in! They should cover the ankles
  • Broad-brimmed hat for sun protection—very intense sun over the course of long days
  • Loose, comfortable clothing for very hot to very cold weather, long pants best for brush, zip-off pants/shorts ideal
  • Watch (water resistant)
  • Mittens, gloves, warm hat, for cold days
  • Sunglasses (dark, neutral gray do not distort colors, glass lenses are more scratch resistant)
  • Good rain/wind gear (waterproof-breathable fabrics like Goretex are recommended)

Camping Gear:

  • Medium-sized tent built to withstand high winds (plenty of adequately long stakes) and horizontal precipitation. Tents that can be completely sealed up (not simply no-see-um mesh) are much better for keeping fine dust out.
  • Folding chair
  • Warm sleeping bag, foam pad, flashlight and ground cloth
  • Lantern
  • Small cook stove, cooler for food, cooking and eating utensils (organize in groups!)
  • Large duffel bag(s) for your gear
  • Repair kit, with needles, thread, wire, duct tape, tools (we will have a camp tool kit)