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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 6, 2014 - Application Deadline
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Introduction Night
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - First Lecture
Have you ever dreamed of organizing your own climbing expedition to Alaska’s mighty Denali,other remote Alaskan peaks or South America? 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. Most lectures are followed by a slide show of a 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:
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. It is preferred (not maditory) that applicants have completed the Mazamas Intermediate Climbing School (or the equivalent) and be 21 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. January 16 - Introduction Night. Introductions, course Overview and expectations
January 21, 2014 - Lecture 1
January 25, 2014 - Lecture 2
January 26, 2014 - Avalanche/beacon field session - Mt. Hood
February 4, 2014 - Lecture 3
February 6, 2014 - Lecture 4
February 16, 2014 - Lecture 5 / Wilderness Navigation Field Session
February 18, 2014 - Lecture 6
February 20, 2014 - Lecture 7
February 24, 2014 - Lecture 8
March 1, 2014 - Snow Camping field session
March 2, 2014 - Snow Camping field session
March 4, 2014 - Lecture 9
March 31, 2014 - Lecture 10
April 5, 2014 - Crevase Rescue field session
April 6, 2014 - Crevase Rescue with sled field session
TBD - Mini Expedition, dates and location to be determined by instructors and students