Academic classes and field safety courses

UAF students photograph the aurora during a workshop held by UAF Outdoor Adventures at Murphy Dome.

Backcountry leadership training program

Offered by School of Management and Nanook Recreation
  • Earn credits toward a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Business
  • Complete requirements for several professional certifications
  • Get assistance with finding future internships or summer positions in the recreation fields
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Fall 2019 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 REC 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: Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30

Field Session: 9/14-15, 9/22, 10/5-6, 10/26-27

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 Credit

Instructor: Frank Olive

Classroom: Tuesday 5:30-7:30, October 8th-November 12th

Field Sessions: 10/19-20, 11/2, 11/9-10

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of winter camping.  Different tips, tricks and styles of winter camping will be shown in an effort to improve the students ability to get out during the winter months to enjoy the beauty of Alaska.  Different forms of snow transportation will also be looked at including skiing, and snowshoeing.

1 Credit

Instructor: Andy Sterns

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

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: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30-1

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 Credits

Instructor: Frank Olive

Classroom: 

Tuesday 9:15 – 10:45 am;  8/27, 9/3, 9/24, 10/29, 12/3

Field Sessions: 

Saturday August 31:               Canoe day

Saturday Sept 7:                     Rock climbing

Sat. – Sun. Sept 28-29:           Overnight Backpacking

Sunday Nov. 3:                       Cross country skiing

Saturday Dec. 7:                     Ice climbing

2019 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 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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Cost: $215 (free for first 9 field researchers who sign up)

When: November 9 and 10, 2019

Where: Classroom

Working in the field will expose you to hazards and situations different than in urban areas.  Prepare yourself to better handle some of those medical emergencies by taking this 20 hr course. Over those 20 hrs you will cover topics such as, the critical systems, incident management, wound cleaning and much more. Course fees include textbook, certification and instruction. (CPR not included in this training)  Sign up at Outdoor Adventures or email uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu 

Participation: Must be a UAF affiliated researcher to participate

Cost: $150/person or $900 for 6 people PLUS Ammuntion

When

Where: Classroom (TBD) and Airport Range

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

Please contact instructor Craig Lewis ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability.

This course gives the student the necessary training to be authorized to carry a rifle or shotgun in the field for UAF work-related activities (mainly research). Students will learn gun safety and best shooting practices. The morning will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent at the range on the airport property.

Students are encouraged to bring their own weapons and required to bring their own ammo. Please bring your gun to class in a case, not on your hip or slung on your shoulder. No ammo is provided with the class. Please contact your supervisor if you need funding assistance.

Courses start at 9 a.m. at TBD. Bring a lunch and be prepared to stay until 5:00 p.m. Half the day will be outside too, dress appropriately. No ammo in the classroom. There is a live-fire proficiency test in order to pass the class.

Please read the course document completely for details.

We recommend 60 rounds of ammunition. Reduced recoil is fine for 40 rounds, as long as 20 rounds of full power are available.

Suitable rifle calibers:

  1. .30-06 or larger (.300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Federal Magnum, .375 H&H or similar)
  2. .45-70 Government
  3. .450 Bushmaster; .458 SOCOM.

Rifle ammunition should be of hunting variety or hard-cast lead projectiles.

Suitable shotguns:

  1. Remington or Mossberg manufacture loaded with 12 gauge rifled slugs
  2. Brenneke brand slugs are preferred due to the hardness of the alloy

All shotgun ammo needs to have slugs.

When:  

Cost: $40

Space: Limited to 6 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

Cost: $150/person or $900 for 6 people PLUS Ammuntion

Where: Classroom and Range

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

Please contact instructor Craig Lewis ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability.

Sign-up by calling Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027.

This course gives the student the necessary training to be authorized to carry a pistol in the field for UAF work-related activities (mainly research). Students will learn gun safety and best shooting practices. The morning will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent at the range on the airport property.

Students are encouraged to bring their own weapons and required to bring their own ammo. The student bringing their own guns or University guns also need ammo. Please contact your supervisor if you need funding assistance. No ammo is provided with the class.

Bring a lunch and be prepared to stay until 5:00p.m. Half the day will be outside too, dress appropriately. No ammo in classroom.

Please read the course document completely for details.

Suitable handgun calibers:

  1. 10mm Auto (with appropriate ammunition)
  2. .357 Magnum (with appropriate ammunition)
  3. .41 Magnum (with appropriate ammunition)
  4. .44 Magnum or larger (.454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .480 Ruger)

We recommend 100 rounds of ammunition. 80 rounds can be target load, as long as at least 20 full-power rounds are available too.

When: 

Where: Classroom

Cost: $140 per class

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.

Cost: $800

Where: Garage and Outside

When: 

Space: Limited to 10 participants

Learn the basics of riding technique as well as field repair tactics. Getting stuck in the wilderness due to a simple error is costly.

When: As Needed

Where: Classroom and outside

Cost: $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.

Cost: $150/student with 4 student minumum

Date: 

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures; classroom and outside

Space:: Limited to 6 students

This is a seven hour 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, 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 lecture and hands-on with most of the class happening indoors. If weather permits some of the hands-on lessons will be outside.

Cost: $500

When: As needed

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures (SRC 106)

This is a seven hour course designed to give students and introduction to the concepts and techniques of being comfortable in the backcountry.  We will cover clothing systems, tents, stoves, water treatment, bear safety, minimizing impact, student rights, communication and other topics for maintaining comfort and safety in the backcountry. The course will be presented as a mixture of lecture and hands-on with the class happening both inside and outside.

When: Half day and pre-class work online

Where: EMS classroom 118 in Old UPark

Space: limited to 12

Cost: $750

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: 

Where: Classroom

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?

Cost: Funded by UAF Research, $400 to unaffiliated after April 15 - All equipment provided.

Participation: Priority given to UAF Researchers

When:

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures and Chena River

Space: limited to 9 spots. (FULL)

If your full-time and/or seasonal personnel use any kind of watercraft (pack rafts, sea kayaks, canoes, rafts, jet, or prop boats) to travel in remote areas and wilderness settings to accomplish their work, you should consider Remote Worker Safety Training provided by Arctic River Guides.

This 3-day course addresses the specific problems encountered when working on, over, or adjacent to water. It is designed to meet and exceed the industrial requirements of OSHA 1926.106. Our program provides the essential knowledge and hands-on skills (recognizing and avoiding hazards, self and companion rescue techniques, injury management, and survival) to allow your employees to travel and perform their work in small groups in remote settings safely and effectively.