Surviving Spring Break on the Mountain: The Power of Experiential Education
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Surviving Spring Break on the Mountain: The Power of Experiential Education

The Secret Agenda #3

About the Book

I learned Experiential Education directly from World War II veteran and mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, a leading founder of that philosophy. We'll see his hilarious tryout for the first U.S. expedition to the top of Mount Everest. Then I’m bringing you to our own winter summit of Mount Rainier, a feat as rare today as it was back then.

That sounds weird as a companion book to developing a software career. Unsoeld’s wife Jolene placed this in perspective for me decades later: It’s learning to experience the journey that makes it special, that creates a career, that surfaces the joy amongst the dragons. Success only comes with planning and serious preparation; only experience brings mastery of the craft. That lesson remains the same whether it’s on a mountain or in front of a keyboard or whiteboard.

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About the Author

Ed Barnard
Ed Barnard

Edward Barnard has experienced two consecutive 20-year careers in software development. He soldered together his first computer from a handful of resistors, diodes, switches, and lights in 1968 at age 10. He taught himself FORTRAN IV two years later. High school brought BASIC. College introduced ALGOL, assembly language, and Pascal.

His first career was operating system development amongst the wizards of Cray Research. Ed's second 20-year career has been web software development for countless clients, companies, and projects. He enjoys sharing what he's learned along the way through magazine articles, books, and speaking at conferences. He and wife Susan get outdoors when they can to camp the Minnesota winter with no mosquitoes.

Table of Contents

  • About Spring Break on the Mountain
  • Chapter 1. Jolene’s Story
    • The Beta
    • Nepal
    • Grand Teton
    • Audition
    • Experiential Education
    • Standard of Judgment
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. The Mountain
    • The Cliffhanger
    • Preparation and Practice
    • Guide Your Own Interest
    • Alpine Start
    • The Teenage Mountaineers
    • Willi’s Toes
    • Trip Leader
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. College Spring Break
    • The Goal
    • Practice Climb
    • Crevasse Rescue Training
    • Up the Mountain
    • What Goes Up Must Come Down
    • 40 Years… and Back
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Planning, Preparation, and Practice
    • Guiding Yourself
    • Climbing Mount Rainier
    • Planning and Preparation
    • Visit the Park
    • Physical Preparation
    • Practice
    • Keep Learning
    • Transferring Perspective
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Mastering the Craft
    • Deliberate Practice
    • Nathaniel Bowditch
    • Navigation
    • John Harrison
    • Extending the Craft
    • Summary
  • What’s Next
  • Notes

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