Developing Critical Decision-Making Skills


Developing Critical Decision-Making Skills - Online Classroom

Evening webinar on making critical decisions in the outdoors with Katja Hurt. This session will be online only.

  • Casual

6:00-7:30pm via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees on the day of the session.

Trip leaders often make decisions in the field, sometimes in critical situations. In this session, we will explore some of the common decisions leaders must make such as turning back or continuing on, managing disputes, and responding to a crisis. Topics will include a review of decision-making models, tips for handling interpersonal conflict, and an introduction to de-escalation strategies. This will be an interactive session with opportunities for group discussion, breakout sessions, and several scenarios.

Katja Hurt is an outdoorsy nerdette with a penchant for volunteering and trying to make the world a better place. In 2018, Katja left her six years in law enforcement to launch Wilderness Chaplains, a nonprofit providing education and crisis support to wilderness first responders. She wrote "Breaking the Halo," a presentation-turned-publication on empowering students to confront heuristic traps in outdoor education. Katja's degrees include crisis and disaster management, communication studies, and a master's in pastoral studies...but she prefers to be known for her work as a police and fire chaplain, Outdoor Emergency Care instructor and 12+ years volunteering with the National Ski Patrol. She is a fourth generation Mountaineer and graduate of the Olympia Basic Climbing Course.


This seminar will be delivered online via Zoom meeting. You will need access to a computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet. Information about how to log-on to the Zoom meeting will be emailed the day of the session.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet.

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