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BASIC MOUNTAINEERING & SAFETY SKILLS CLASS

by Lou Szakal

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on the Summit of a Mountain? Or to even know what it takes to get there?

How about just advancing your Winter Camping or Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski skills to include one to two week expeditions? How about expanding your knowledge of surviving in the winter during a snowstorm or in an avalanche area? What do you do about frostbite?

Here is your chance to find out!

Starting in December 2006, through January 2007, I will be teaching the Basic Mountaineering and Safety Skills Class to a some lucky students who are interested in devoting their time and energy to the sport of Mountaineering and Advanced Winter Adventure.

  • Self Arrest

  • Fixed Lines

  • Roped Travel

  • Running Belays

  • Risk Assessment

  • Snow Shoeing Skills

  • Health/Fitness Issues

  • Cross Country Ski Skills

  • Basic Mountain Skills

  • Avalanche Issues

  • Ice Axe Use

  • Leadership

  • Navigation

  • Prussiks

TOPICS COVERED

  • 2 Mountaineering Books

  • Technical Tool Usage

  • Mountain Safety

  • First Aid Issues

  • Crampon Use

  • Nutrition

  • Knots

  • Weather

  • Glacier Travel

  • Climbing Issues

  • Frost Bite Issues

  • Winter Safety Skills

  • Z & C Pulley System

  • Optional Mountain Trip

  • Clothing

  • Rappelling

  • Gear Issues

  • Effects of Cold

  • Crevasse Rescue

  • Reading Material

  • Expedition Planning

  • Environmental Ethics

  • 2 Weekend Practicals

  • Altitude Awareness

  • Ascending Ropes

  • Ropes/Webbing

  • Alpine Rescue

  • Sled Skills

PREREQUISITES

MANDATORY

  • Basic Backpacking

  • Land Navigation

  • Winter Camping

  • Belay Card (Rock Gym)

  • Rock Climbing

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Intermediate Backpacking

  • Advanced Backpacking

  • Search and Rescue

  • First Aid/ CPR Certification

  • Winter Survival

EXPERIENCE HELPFUL

  • XC Ski/Snowshoe

  • Ice Climbing

  • S.M.O.C. Experience

COST

  • $150

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Lou Szakal Phone: (248) 709-6773 Email: Everest2008@comcast.net

CLASS SCHEDULE

Location: TBD Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Class 1

12/7

Thursday

Class 2

12/13

Wednesday

Class 3

1/11

Thursday

Class 4

1/18

Thursday

Practical 1

1/19-1/21

Weekend

Class 5

1/25

Thursday

Class 6

2/1

Thursday

Practical 2

2/2-4/7

Weekend

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