Wes Leland

Wes Leland
Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Technical mountaineering
  • River running
  • Wilderness advocacy
  • Expedition planning and implementation
  • Independent consulting in organizational development
  • Leadership
  • Team-building


  • B.S., 1995, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
  • A.A., 1985, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colorado


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About Wes Leland

Wes Leland is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 2007. Leland has developed and implemented syllabi in Expedition Skills, Leadership and Teaching, Mountaineering, Paddling, and Top-Rope Rock Climbing courses for the Adventure Education bachelor’s degree program. He has over twenty years’ experience designing, instructing, and facilitating outdoor leadership and adventure programs, as well as over twenty years’ experience in technical mountaineering, canyoneering, and river running.

In addition to serving the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Leland has served as a course director and instructor for Outward Bound in Golden, CO, a backcountry guide for The Wildland Trekking Company in Flagstaff, AZ, and an independent consultant for Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, CT.

Leland has completed a number of certifications, including Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, CPR-Professional, Certified Backcountry Guide from Grand Canyon National Park, Alpine Skiing Level II from the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and Avalanche I from the Silverton Avalanche School.

He has received a number of awards and honors, including the Quality Student Experience Award from Outward Bound, the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology (received collaboratively), and the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award-Regional from the NAAEE (received collaboratively).