Academic classes and field safety courses

Spring 2023 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.

Non-credit, certification course with sign-ups through Outdoor Adventures

Cost $900 

Sign-ups begin on this Google Form at Noon on 12/1 

Instructor: Fred Harbison

Tuesday and Thurday 6 pm - 9 pm 1/17, 1/19, 1/24, 1/26, 1/31, 2/2, 2/7, 2/9, 2/14, 2/16, 2/21, 2/23

Saturday 9 am - 5 pm 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 

Classroom: UAF, GRUE 408

This wilderness backcountry medicine course is the standard for many outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.  The SOLO curriculum will be used in this 72 hour course that will be held on evening and weekends throughout January and February 2023.

3 Credits

Instructor: Frank Olive

Location: Chap 206

Classroom: 4/11-5/23, Tuesdays 5:30-7pm

Field Sessions: 5/30 (in town) 5/31-6/7 Yukon River Expedition

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.

3 Credits

Instructor: Frank Olive

Location: Chap 206

Classroom: 4/13-5/25, Thursdays 5:30-7pm

Field Sessions: 5/30 (in town) 5/31-6/7 Yukon River Expedition, and 6/8-11 White Mtns Backpacking

Students will build upon their foundations of Outdoor Leadership.  They will plan, prepare and execute 2 multi-day expeditions in the wilderness of Alaska.  This expedition is the vehicle for hands-on experiential learning in the field and will help the students continue grow and develop their hard and soft leadership skills.

2 Credits

Instructor: Frank Olive

Location: Chapman 206

Classroom: 1/24-4/18 Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30pm

Field Sessions: 1/29, 2/5, 2/15, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/25-26, 4/8-9, 4/15-16

This course is designed to take the student who is interested in exploring the mountains of Alaska and introducing them to the sport of mountaineering. Mountaineering is much more than hiking up a steep hill, it requires a set of skills to safely travel and scale to the top of the mountains. Skills to be covered include traveling as a roped team, crevasse rescue, avalanche awareness, crampon and ice ax use, climbing protection, mountain skiing and winter camping. The course operates a majority of time outside and students should be prepared for an Alaska winter.

1 Credit

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Location: Outdoor Adventures office in the SRC

Classroom:  1/19-3/8 Wednesdays 2-4pm

Field Session: 1/28, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4

 

1 Credit

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Location:SRC climbing wall

Classroom Gym Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday 8-9:30am

Introduction to rock climbing, knots, risk evaluation, gear, rope skills, belaying, rappelling, jumaring, prusiking and top rope techniques.

1 Credit

Instructor: Andy Sterns

Location:SRC climbing wall

Classroom Gym Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday 9:45-11:15

Introduction to rock climbing, knots, risk evaluation, gear, rope skills, belaying, rappelling, jumaring, prusiking and top rope techniques.

1 Credit

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Location:SRC climbing wall

Classroom Gym Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30am-1pm

Intermediate rock climbing, knots, risk evaluation, gear, rope skills, belaying, rappelling, jumaring, prusiking and top rope techniques.

 

Spring 2023 Field Safety classes 

We are still working on getting the new schedule finalized.  We will update all the dates and sign-up instructions later this fall
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 register.


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 February, March, April and May 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 current UAF COVID regulations.

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 courses in the past, 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 register.

$275 for public

Date: 2/25 and 2/26

Time: 8am-6pm both days

Where: UAF.  GRUE 413

Instructor: Deb Ajango

Space: Limited to 9 researchers, 9  community members

20-hour wilderness first aid course.  During this course you will get information about first aid in a wilderness context.  This includes assessing how serious a medical problem is, if it is fixable in the field, and what kind of evacuation, help or resources are needed to resolve the problem.  This course curriculum is provided by WMA.  (CPR/AED not included in this clinic)

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 register.

Date: 2/27 and 2/28

Time: 8am-6pm both days

Where: UAF Wood Center E/F

Instructor: Deb Ajango

Space: Limited to 9 researchers, 9  community members

20-hour wilderness first aid course.  During this course you will get information about first aid in a wilderness context.  This includes assessing how serious a medical problem is, if it is fixable in the field, and what kind of evacuation, help or resources are needed to resolve the problem.  This course curriculum is provided by WMA.  (CPR/AED not included in this clinic)

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 register. 

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.

-BIBT: Bringing In The Bystander is replacing the "The UAF Green Dot" as a strategy of violence prevention 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."

When:TBD

  • QPR Suicide Prevention: 
  • BITB Bystander Intervention:
  • SafeZone LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop:
  • BITB Bystander Intervention:
  • QPR Suicide Prevention:
  • SafeZone LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop:

Where:

  • BITB Bystander Intervention:  UAF- Room TBD
  • QPR Suicide Prevention:  UAF- Room TBD
  • SafeZone LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop: UAF- Room TBD

Instructor: Employees from the Nanook Diversity and Action Center

Space: Limited

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 register.

(Additional courses can be arranged  for $210/student with 4 student minimum)

Date: April 12th, 9am - 6pm

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures Office  (SRC Room 105); classroom and outside

Space: Limited to 8 students

Instructor: Frank Olive

This clinic will be a 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, rope work and knots, self-rescue, partner rescue, anchor basics, haul systems, camp selection, and gear management. The course will be presented as a mixture of indoor and outdoor time with mostly hands-on learning.  

 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 register.

When: TBD

Where: UAF.  Room TBD

Space: Limited to 10

Instructor: Mark Oldmixon

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.

 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 register.

When: TBD

Where: UAF Room TBD

Space: limited to 12

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.

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 register.

When: April 26th, 9am - 4pm

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures Office (SRC 105)

Space: Limited to 8 students

Instructor: Frank Olive

This clinic 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 lectures and hands-on activities happening both inside and outside.

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 register.

When: TBD

Where: UAF- Room TBD

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 VC La Belle-Hamer- Email uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu with your Fund-Org*, name, phone and email to register.

When: TBD

Where: UAF- Room TBD

Space: Limited to 20 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.

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 register.

When: TBD

Where: UAF- Room TBD

(Additional Classes can be scheduled with Outdoor Adventures)

Space: Limited to 12 spots

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.

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 register.

Participation: Must be a UAF affiliated researcher to participate

When: 

Long Gun - TBD

Pistol - TBD

Pistol- TBD

Long Gun - TBD

These are full day courses.

 Guns and ammunition must be provided by the participant.

Where: UAF and Fox Range.  Room TBD

Instructor: Craig Lewis

Space: Limited to 5 student per session

Information for review prior to course time: Planning Document

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 register.

When:  TBD

Where: TBD

Space: Limited to 6 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.

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 register.

Date: 

Instructor: 

Where: UAF

Space: Limited to 10 folks

This three day water rescue course will cover the basics of staying safe in the river environment.  This will include hazard assessment and river dynamics in a classroom setting.  We will also spend two days in the field practicing the skills to both stay safe and be able to help if there is an accident in the field.  We will be swimming in moving water, getting in and out of boats on the water, using throwbags and practicing haul systems while in the field.  (Drysuits, helmets, PDF's, throwbags and other technical equipment are provided as a part of 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 register.

When:  

Where: UAF Classroom TBD, Tanana Lakes Motorized Boat Launch for hands-on practice

Space: Limited to 9 spots

Instructors: 

Gain an introductory experience of motorized boat travel.