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James Harper           6163 Lakewood Street      james.harper.us@gmail.com
                                                                           San Diego, CA 92122                  Mobile: 858-216-5585

Summary

Experienced outdoor instructor with 10 years of teaching experience.  Strong academic background in engineering and extensive backpack guiding and search and rescue experience.  Extensive knowledge of flora, fauna and geography on the Americas and Oceania.  Passionate about the outdoors and eager to share that passion with others.


Backpacking/

Mountaineering

Training


San Diego Mountain Rescue Team                                                         2010 - Present

Rescue Member and Wilderness Medicine Instructor

  • Trained in snow, ice and desert rescue, technical rope rescue, search tactics, tracking, medical aid and navigation during monthly backpacking trips
  • Instructor of wilderness medical care and training organizer for many medical scenario trainings annually
  • Respond to about 20 missions per year
  • Outdoor Emergency Care medical certification


Bear Mountain Ski Patrol                                                                        2010 - Present

Ski Patroller

  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC, 100 hour course) medical certification
  • Toboggan handling and backcountry rescue
  • Avalanche 1 Certification planned January 2012


Sierra Club Chapter Outing Leader Training                                              2009 - 2011

Student

  • Backpacked for 4 days in Anza Borrego Desert during leader training
  • Trained in Sierra Club leader protocols and techniques
  • Evaluated as a leader and fast-tracked to becoming full Level 2 Backpacking Chapter Outing Leader for San Diego County


Personal Trips                                                                                            2003 - 2011

Leader and Participant

  • More than 20 backpacking trips over the years, most 3 days or longer
  • Include many peaks, such as Mount Whitney, Mount Langley, Mount Bolton Brown, Birch Mountain and The Thumb in the eastern Sierra Nevadas, and Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio and Mount Baldy in southern California
  • Recent trips include
    • Lead 3 day backpacking to summit of Mount Langley with novice backpacker
    • Co-lead 3 days backpacking to summit of Mount San Jacinto
    • Co-lead 4 days backpacking in Anza Borrego State Park


National Outdoor Leadership School                                               July - August 2010

Yukon Outdoor Educator Student

  • Student on 30 day trip
  • Backpacked for 14 days in Coastal Mountain range
  • Whitewater canoed in Class II and III water down Highland River for 14 days
  • Taught advanced navigation to fellow students throughout trip


Mount Whitney Summit via High Sierra Trail                                                July 2010

Trip Leader and Organizer

  • Backpacked for 8 days in southern Sierra Nevada Mountain range
  • Snow and ice travel under storm conditions
  • Altitudes ranging from 8,500 ft to 14,500 ft, mostly above 10,000 ft


Sierra Club Wilderness Basics Course                                            January - April 2009

Student

  • 4 month course on all aspects of wilderness travel including first aid, navigation, cooking, group management, animal encounters and equipment selection
  • Weekly classes with biweekly 3 day backpacking trips, including 4 day cross country skiing in backcountry at Mammoth Lakes, CA


Franz Joseph Glacier, South Island, New Zealand                                               2006

Participant

  • Backpacked for 3 days on commercially guided trip
  • Learned roped and unroped glacier travel with crampons and ice axes from alpine and glacier experts



Employment


Sierra Club                                                                                                 2010 - 2011

Chapter Outing Leader

  • Lead difficult car camps and day hikes in desert and alpine settings in southern California
  • Recent trips include
    • 2 days, 3rd class rock, 3 peak ascents in eastern Sierra Nevadas
    • >10 3 day car camps in Anza Borrego Desert for novice and advanced backpackers
    • >20 local day hikes around San Diego
  • Wilderness Basics Instructor planned 2012
  • Training for Level 2 Backpacking Chapter Outing Leader Certification currently


Outdoor Outreach                                                                                                 2010

Volunteer Leader

  • Lead many day trips for at-risk and underprivileged youths in rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and surfing
  • Serve as both role model and leader for more than 40 students on each trip
  • Outdoor Outreach is a non-profit organization composed of professional and volunteer staff that empowers its participants to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through outdoor experiences.


Sea Kayaking

Training


Personal Trips                                                                                            2004 - 2010

Co-leader and Participant

  • Co-lead many one day sea kayakings trips along Pacific coast near Auckland, New Zealand and near San Diego and Monterey, CA


UCSD Outback Adventures                                                                                   2003

Student

  • Sea kayaking for 8 days along Baja California's Pacific coast
  • Outback adventures is the University of California San Diego's outdoor recreation program. It is composed of professional administrators and student guides with goals of promoting leadership, community and environmental stewardship at UCSD.


Climbing

Training

San Diego Mountain Rescue Team                                                            2010 - 2011

Member and Wilderness Medicine Instructor

  • Trained in high and low angle technical rope rescue in snow, ice and desert conditions
  • Respond to about 20 missions per year


Personal Climbing Trips                                                                             2008 - 2011

Leader and Participant

  • Lead and participated in many one- and two-day climbing trips to local climbing spots (Mission Gorge, Mt. Woodson, etc.) in San Diego, CA
  • Experienced in advanced anchor construction using natural and artificial anchors
  • Teach novices belaying, climbing techniques and safety procedures
  • Currently sport lead climbing 5.10b climbs
  • Extensive indoor top rope climbing experience


Whitewater River

Training

National Outdoor Leadership School                                               July - August 2010

Yukon Outdoor Educator Student

  • Student on 30 day trip
  • Backpacked for 14 days in Coastal Mountain range
  • Whitewater canoed in Class II and III water down Highland River for 14 days
  • Taught advanced navigation to fellow students throughout trip


Guided Paddle Rafting Trips                                                                      2000 - 2009

Participant

  • Floated more than 10 guided trips down many rivers, most Class IV+, including the Merced and American in California and the Tongariro in New Zealand


Sailing

Training

Personal Trips                                                                                            2003 - 2008
Captain and Crew
  • Sailed many 30 foot keeled boats and 18 foot catamarans and trimarans in the harbors of and off the coast of California and New Zealand
  • Experienced as a captain on smaller boats and crew on larger
  • Experienced navigating on the open ocean, shipboard operations and technical jargon

Teaching

The Academic Advantage, Specialized Learning                                     2009 - 2010
Academic Tutor
  • Tutored K-12 home- and traditionally-schooled students in all levels of English, Spanish, math, physics, chemistry and biology
  • Specialty in students with dyslexia, ADD and English as a second language

Spreckles Elementary School                                                                             2007
6th Grade Teacher, Part Time
  • Taught 6th grade science class for 2 hours every two weeks for one year with a fellow engineering student from UC San Diego
  • Developed lesson plans based on teach-provided topic
  • Utilized college engineering projects to excited students about science and get them involved

Private and Group Tutor                                                                           2000 - 2008
  • Tutored high school and college students informally and as a volunteer for many honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi
  • Taught many subjects
    • All levels of English, Spanish and Latin
    • College-level chemistry, physics, calculus and public speaking
    • Graduate-level material science and computer programming
 

Education

University of California - San Diego                                                                  June 2010
Master of Science - Mechanical Engineering
Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA)

Specializations: Computer-aided design and analysis, solar and wind power production

University of California - San Diego                                                                  June 2008
Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering
Summa Cum Laude (3.98 GPA)
 

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