Basic Mountaineering/Climbing Course
I'm in the Fairbanks area. Is there any kind of beginner climbing class a guy could take? Or is there a place that is considered a beginner climbing area?
If it were me I would see about taking about 6 weeks of leave and trying to get the military to pay for one of the NOLS international courses. IF you worked with an accredited college that included one of their courses as part of it's curriculum then you may be able to get the govmnt (MGIB and tuition assistance) to pay most if not all of the bill for a mountain climbing school trip to South America or the Himalayas. How much would that suck?
Originally Posted by cavtrooper94
NOLS in Alaska has mountaineering courses. One course is 14 days:
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Or call AMH maybe:
Their links page has some guides/instruction:
UAF's alaska alpine club has classes that teach basic ski mountaineering starting in January or February. Basically, there are a few classroom sessions, then a round robin climbing skills seminar around campus. After that they start heading out to the Delta range on weekend trips throughout late winter and early spring. If you don't have the gear you can rent it from the outdoor rec center on UAF for fairly cheap. I think the membership fee is $15 bucks then the course fee is $45 (not including gear rental). Great way to learn the basics of glacier travel and basic mountaineering.
I'd highly suggest Alaska Mountaineering School.
Colby Coombs has written a number of books on Alaskan climbing and he has an excellent partner named Brian McCullough that could and will go out and assist you and/or guide you if necessary.
I learned of this group before I had even moved to Alaska.
Let us know how it pans out!
Hey COtoAk what mountain was that you had in front of you last night? It was chocolate and loomed majestic on your plate