Academic classes and field safety courses

Spring 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: Frank Olive

Classroom: T 5:30-8:30pm 4/13-5/25

Field Sessions: 5/27, 5/28, 5/29, and 5/30-6/5

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

Classroom: R 5:30-7:30pm 4/22-5/20

Field Sessions: 5/27, 5/28, 5/29, and 5/30-6/9

Students will build upon their foundations of Outdoor Leadership.  They will plan, prepare and execute a multiday expedition 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 Credit

Instructor: Frank Olive

Classroom: T/R 1/19-4/13

Field Sessions: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/20-21, 4/3-4, 4/10-11

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

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.

2021 Field Safety

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?

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

* The course fees for these regularly schedule programs are covered by a generous grant from Vice Chancellor Hinzman. This year however, 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.