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Expedition Training Course
Note: This class is offered every other year
Important Dates dates for the Mazamas Expedition Training Course - 2014
Tuesday, January 10, 2014 - Application Deadline
January 16 - First Meeting/Potluck
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - First Lecture
Have you ever dreamed of organizing your own climbing expedition to Alaska’s mighty Denali, exotic Ecuador or breathtaking Peru? Maybe you’ve climbed throughout the Pacific Northwest and now want to expand your climbing horizon to a foreign country and a high peak. Or how about a multi-day winter climb to a remote part of the North Cascades? Interested in learning tips and techniques of expedition life? Then join us for the Mazamas Expedition Training Course!
The course is for climbers who have never been on an expedition and want to expand their knowledge and learn tips on what has worked well for different people and different perspectives. The course combines lectures, discussions, slide shows and field sessions. The classroom sessions are held at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center and will offer knowledge and advice on planning and organizing expeditions. They are taught by experienced Mazama volunteers and combine a lecture and discussion format and feature experienced expedition leaders. Each lecture is followed by a slide show of a recent Mazama expedition.
Climbers with expedition experience lead the field sessions. These weekend sessions provide hands-on training of expedition skills.
Skills, techniques and information you will learn from taking the Expedition Training Course are:
In addition to the Expedition Training Course, the Mazamas offer clinics in crevasse rescue, avalanche assessment, and other skills related to expedition travel through our Skill Builder classes.
Cost The cost of the course will be $215/$315 members/non-members. Course size is limited to 12 students so apply early! The application deadline is January 10, 2014. Payment is due in full at the night of the first lecture.
Requirements Students should have a solid background in alpine climbing and glacier/snow travel. This is not a climbing class. Students need to be in good physical condition. All applicants for the course must have completed the Mazamas Intermediate Climbing School (or the equivalent) and be 18 years of age or older.
Lectures and Slide Shows
Each class night consists of a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour slide show focused on the planning and execution of a popular expedition peak or area. The lectures are held at Mazamas Mountaineering Center at 7:00 pm.
Dates for the 2014 Class. Thursday, January 16 - Intro Night - Course Overview and expectations -Hosted at a committee member’s house, this is a chance to get to know one another, set expectations of the mini-expedition, determine expedition style, begin group planning, appoint expedition leader, discuss meals, etc.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Lecture 1
Tuesday, January 23, 2014 - Lecture 2
Tuesday, February 4,, 2014 - Lecture 3
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Lecture 4
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Lecture 5
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Lecture 6
Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23, 2014 - Traveling, Camping I, Emergency Shelters (Mount Hood) - rigging and traveling with sleds - campsite selection, establishing a camp, building walls, building a latrine and kitchen tent (Megamid) - caching gear - expedition cooking - snow caves, igloos, trenches and emergency shelters
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Lecture 7
Friday - Monday, February 28 - March 3 - Mini-Expedition (Location: TBD) Tuesday, TBD - Makeup Lecture if needed
USDA Special Use Permit Information and Non-Discrimination Statement
Mazamas Education Programs operate under a special use permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Mazamas is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.