Graduated back in 06, and later did the winter course in 07. Anybody do the B.M.C course? In 07 we were testing out a stove made by MSR that used diesel fuel. After graduating from the course (only about 50% of us)......we all got lab rat cards from O.R. for half cost purchases. Most guys got gigged for safety violations or not setting and dressing every knot that was taught. The navigation course was h e l l on boots. Learned to really follow that darned altimeter while we rushed all over that mountain side finding those grid coordinates. I remember the best saying I heard all course long from a Special Forces soldier who failed out: "I'd rather go through selection 10 times over before I'd ever take this f@#k## course again."
For future reference.......this stuff transfers over as college credit too, towards an outdoor studies degree or even a minor.
It was good times and last I heard.....they were going to make the winter and summer course a skill identifier badge as a Dall Ram's head which would be worn like a set of Airborne wings. If you graduated both the summer and winter course.....it went on your ERB/ORB/DD214 as a skill identifier code tied on your MOS or job title.
I miss the one-rope bridge, the crevasse rescue, prusik ascent, suspension traverse, "the dip", the glacial river crossing(not!), and camping out on that glacial moraine.
Here's a link to NWTC, I'm in the B.M.C pics holding the camera during the glacial river crossing......right before my nutsack climbed up somewhere in my abdomen to escape the freaking ice cold water:
Speak up if you're out there fellow mountaineers.........
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