I've been pondering the idea of becoming active in outdoor education. As a student teacher (high school mathematics) and backcountry enthusiast, it really ties my interests together.
The bad news is that my backcountry experience is limited to four years of group and solo backpacking, including an upcoming Colorado Trail through hike. I've done a small amount of rock climbing, and an even smaller amount of winter mountaineering during a 21 day Outward Bound course. I really want to expand my backcountry skills and experiences for there own sake, but I have another goal which demands this
My goal is to eventually lead or act as an instructor on hiking trips, either for an outdoor education school, an expedition-based charter school or a NPO. I know that these positions require highly experienced people with well-rounded, and tested backcountry skills as well as a variety of certificates. This is however, about all I know.
For those who do know:
Weighing my experience and my goal... is the goal realistic or am I pipe-dreaming?
Generally, what skills/certificate would I need to develop/obtain in order to reach my goal?
Are there formal classes for all of these skills, or are they things that I would need to pick up through others?
Where could I turn to for additional information?
What other advice would you give me?
Any help would be greatly appreciated