Academic classes and field safety courses

 

Fall 2021 academic classes

 

Earn credits with Outdoor Adventures!

Outdoor Adventures offers academic and recreational courses throughout the year. These courses are a great way to develop your wilderness leadership skills and expand your resume. The RECR and NRM classes allow you to learn a new sport, travel into Alaska's backcountry and gain the experience and confidence to do these sports on your own or with friends in the future.

3 Credits

Instructor: Danielle Bessent

Classroom: Tues and Thur. 2-3:30pm.  August 23 - November 18th

Field Sessions: 9/4-5, 10/16-17, 10/30-31

This course introduces students to many of the hard and soft skills necessary to be an effective outdoor leader and educator.  The foundation of skills are developed through classroom learning, readings and hands-on experience in the field. Students will learn to minimize risk, and impact while maximizing enjoyment and learning.

1 Credits

Instructor: Frank Olive

Classroom: R 5:30-7:30  8/26, 9/16, 9/23, 11/4, 11/18

Field Sessions: 8/29, 9/19, 9/25-26, 11/7, 11/21

Students will get a chance to explore a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities that are available during the fall semester here in Fairbanks.  We will start out going rock climbing and canoeing early in the semester.  We will then do an early fall backpacking trip in the Alaska Range.  As winter comes later in the semester we will do a XC ski day trip and then when things are frozen up we will go ice climbing in the Denali park area.  

1 Credit

Instructor: Frank Olive

Classroom: T 5:30-7:30 October 12- November 16

Field Sessions: 10/23-24, 11/6, 11/13-14

This course introduces students to the art of winter camping.  We will cover the gear, food, travel methods and safety considerations that can make sure winter camping is accessible for folks.   In addition to the classroom learning we will get out on two full weekends of winter camping and a XC ski day trip to allow for the hands on learning that can only happen in the field.  

 

1 Credit

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Classroom: TR 8-9:30am

There are no prerequisites for this class.

An introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing. The primary objective of this course is to allow students to safely and competently enjoy the sport of rock climbing in the climbing gym, and prepare them for outdoor rock climbing. Students will learn to recognize risks and hazards associated with rock climbing and how to avoid or minimize them. Topics will include climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, lead climbing, anchor construction, rappelling, climbing techniques as well as hazard evaluation and risk assessment.

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

 

1 Credit

Instructor: Andy Sterns

Classroom: TR 9:45-11:15am

There are no prerequisites for this class.

An introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing. The primary objective of this course is to allow students to safely and competently enjoy the sport of rock climbing in the climbing gym, and prepare them for outdoor rock climbing. Students will learn to recognize risks and hazards associated with rock climbing and how to avoid or minimize them. Topics will include climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, lead climbing, anchor construction, rappelling, climbing techniques as well as hazard evaluation and risk assessment.

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

 

1 Credit

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Classroom: TR 11:30-1pm

Prerequisites: RECR F140H or equivalent skill set; permission of instructor.

This class builds upon the fundamentals of rock climbing taught in Beginning Rock Climbing. Topics include more complex anchor building, multi-pitch climbing, rescue systems, trad protection, belaying two followers, lead belaying with a Grigri, and more.

The primary objective of this course is to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in the Beginning Rock Climbing class. Students will learn more advanced climbing systems and techniques to add to their skillset.

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

 

Spring 2021 Field Safety classes


Working in the field has a unique set of challenges and risks. At Outdoor Adventures we recognize those hazards and have worked with researchers on campus to compile a menu of training's that will give you the tools, tips and tricks to help mitigate some of the risk associated with field work.

We have been doing a concentration of courses in March and April each year, funded by UAF Vice Chancellor for Research. Outside of those offerings, we are able to provide the same material (season dependent) for a fee.


If you are looking for training for your team, please see our courses listed below and pricing. Please contact us if you are interested in coordinating a course for your group. Mark Oldmixon - mtoldmixon@alaska.edu or 907-474-6709

Register for a Field Safety Class

Email uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu with your Fund-Org*, name, phone and email. 

Questions and COVID

If you have a question contact Mark Oldmixon by email or calling 907-474-6709.

Some courses have reduced capacities, some have virtual delivery and will promote social distancing. We will comply with regulations regarding masks.

Contact by email

 Course Fees

* The course fees for these regularly schedule programs are covered by a generous grant from Vice Chancellor La Belle-Hamer. We are requiring a Fund-Org Acct number in order to reserve your spot. We will charge the account a $50/day fee if you cancel within 5 calendar days or just skip the class. Unfortunately, we had people skip the courses last year, and leave people on the waitlist who could have used this training. 

Cost:  Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF VC La Belle-Hamer- Email uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu with your Fund-Org*, name, phone and email to regiter.

$225 for public- register here

Date: May 1-2

Where: Duckering 252

Space: Limited to 8 researchers, 8 community members

16- hour wilderness first aid course provided by AERIE. More details here. 

 UAF places a strong focus on safety every day with regards to injury, but we also prioritize creating a safe and respectful environment for everyone in our community. This year we have partnered with employees from Student Affairs to offer three different courses to help everyone have a great season in the field.

Come for one, come for all three. Your choice.

-Green Dot: The UAF Green Dot strategy is a violence prevention program based on empowering bystanders. When people attend our trainings, they learn to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to safely intervene.

-Safe Zone: The goal of a Safe Zone training isn’t to change a particular space, but to create people who are invested in creating safe and affirming environments wherever they go, and providing those people the skills and knowledge they need to do that. You may have seen a sticker or sign that indicate that a person is a “Safe Zone” or has been “Safe Zone Trained.” These signs mean a ;person is open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +) individuals and identities.

-QPR: "The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know."

 

Door Prizes will be awarded to everyone attending. Prizes sponsored by Arctic Fire and Safety. Everything from gloves, head lights, FA Kits and Hydroflasks.

When: Noon to 2PM

March 16 - Green Dot - Virtual
March 23 - Safe Zone - Dual
March 30 - QPR - In-person
 

Where: GRUE 402 when in-person

Cost: Free, in fact you will get to pick from some out awesome prize bag! FA Kits, Water Bottles, Lights, Survival and safety gear!

Instructor: Employees from the Nanook Diversity and Action Center

Space: Limited

Cost:  Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF VC La Belle-Hamer

(Additional courses can be arranged  for $150/student with 4 student minimum)

Date: March 31, 9am - 3pm

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures; classroom and outside

Space: Limited to 6 students

This clinic will be a hybrid of recorded video lectures and a 6-hour in-person introduction to the concepts and techniques of safely traveling on a glacier. The course will present the general principles of glacier travel including; route choices, the anatomy of crevasses, safety and rescue gear, ropework and knots, self-rescue, partner rescue, anchor basics, haul systems, camp selection, and gear management. The course will be presented as a mixture of recorded video lectures and hands-on with most of the class happening indoors. If weather permits some of the hands-on lessons will be outside.

 

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF.

(Non-UAF research can participate for $50 as space allows. Additional courses can be organized for $500)

Space: Limited to 6

This awareness level course is important for anyone heading into the mountains during seasons in which snow is likely. Learn to identify avalanche slopes and hazards. Understand red flag situations and scenarios. Learn how to use critical rescue gear in the event of a burial. This course will be both inside and outside, dress appropriately. Roughly 7 hours.

 

When: April 7th at 1PM - 3PM

Where: EMS classroom 118 in Old UPark

Space: limited to 6

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF

Learn this simple skill that has been proven to save lives when done quickly and correctly. Taught by - UAF Fire Department. Some online pre-class work will be required.  Cost includes CPR Mask.

When: April 20, 9AM

Where: GUE 412

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF

Space: Limited to 25 seats

Instructor: Tim Craig

A crash course in bear safety. Bear awareness, encounter prevention and appropriate response scenarios discussed. Tim is a career wildlife biologist with BLM and Fish and Wildlife.

When: March 19

Where: Virtual

Space: Limit 25 seats - sign-up in advance.

UAF Risk Management will be providing instruction to help you better understand UAF policies and procedures. Did you know the Chancellor needs to approve you having a gun in the field? Do you know what to do if you are bringing a minor in the field or hosting a group a school kids? Are you allowed to have alcohol in the field? How do you explain vehicle insurance to another driver or the police if you are in an accident?

Each participant will be given some great safety equipment for attending. Last year everyone got Bear Spray. This year...we will surprise you

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF.

(Additional courses can be arranged  for $500 for up to 12)

When: April 14, 9am - 1pm

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures (SRC 106)

Space: Limited to 12 students

This is a hybrid clinic of video lectures and a 4-hour hands-on skills session that will give folks an introduction to the concepts and techniques of being comfortable and safe in the backcountry.  We will cover clothing systems, tents, stoves, water treatment, minimizing impact, student rights in the field, communication, risk management, decision making, and other topics for maintaining comfort and safety in the backcountry. The course will be presented as a mixture of video lectures and hands-on activities happening both inside and outside.

When:  April 27, 8:30AM in GRUE 412

Cost: Covered by VC for Research support.

(Additional Classes can be scheduled with Outdoor Adventures)

Space: Limited to 12 spots - Sign-up in advance

Instructor: Tim Craig

A more in-depth course on bear safety. Bear awareness, encounter prevention and appropriate response scenarios discussed. This course goes more in depth and includes practice bear spray scenarios, multi media presentation. Inert Bear spray provided for practice. Tim is a career wildlife biologist with BLM and Fish and Wildlife.

Participation: Must be a UAF affiliated researcher to participate

When: 

Pistol - April 12
Long Gun - April 13
Pistol - May 11

These are full day courses.

Cost: Covered by UAF Research for UAF Research's only. Guns and ammunition is provided by the participant.

Where: Classroom (REIC 204) and Range in Fox, Alaska

Space: Limited to 6 student (can be expanded to 12 with notice)

Information for review prior to course time: Planning Document

When:  March 5, Time 9AM

Where: Start at the Facilities Garage, West Bay #8 and then the afternoon outside of the SRC.

Cost: Covered by VC for Research support.

Space: Limited to 8 spots

Instructor: Brent Culleton

Gain an introductory experience of motorized travel. We start the course in the Facilities garage going over basic function and field repairs. After our hands are dirty, we'll meet back the sledding hill and do some simple riding techniques on a variety of machines.