Academic classes and field safety courses

Fall 2022 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

Location: Reichardt 202

Classroom: 8/30-11/17 Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30pm

Field Sessions: 9/17-18, 10/8-9, 10/29-30

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

Location: Chapman 206

Classroom: 10/13-11/17 Thursday 5:30-7:30pm

Field Sessions: 10/22-23, 11/5, 11/12-13

This class focuses on providing students with hands on experience with camping out in the winter in Alaska. Students will gain experience with clothing, gear, food and transportation methods that make being out in the winter more comfortable and enjoyable.  As a part of this students will get a chance to travel on XC skis and snowshoes, use different stove systems to cook food and make water from snow, practice navigation, use different winter tents and shelters, and figure out clothing systems to keep themselves comfortable while out in the winter.

1 Credit

Instructor: Tristan Odonoghue

Location: Outdoor Adventures office in the SRC

Classroom:  9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 11/3, 12/1    5:30-7pm

Field Session: 9/4, 9/11, 9/24-25, 11/6, 12/4

This class focuses on providing students with an introduction to the wide variety of recreational experiences available to people in Interior Alaska during the fall semester.  This course is not designed to give thorough training in each activity presented. Throughout this course, students will participate in the following outdoor activities: canoeing, rock climbing, overnight backpacking, cross country skiing, and ice climbing. A classroom session will be held the week before each trip to learn about safety, planning, gear, and logistics for each upcoming trip.

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 2022 Field Safety classes 

Sign-Ups begin on December 8th and must be done via email (early emails will not be considered).
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.

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 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: February 12-13

Time: 8am-6pm both days

Where: UAF.  Duckering 352

Space: Limited to 12 researchers, 6  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 and taught by Deb Ajango.  (CPR/AED bot 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: February 14-15

Time: 8am-6pm both days

Where: UAF.  Wood Center Conference Room E/F

Space: Limited to 18 researchers

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 and taught by Deb Ajango.  (CPR/AED bot 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: Class begins each day at 11:30AM and lasts about 2-hours. Pack a lunch and enjoy!

  • QPR Suicide Prevention: 1/31/2022 (Virtual)
  • BITB Bystander Intervention: 2/14/2022 (Virtual)
  • SafeZone LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop: 2/28/2022 (Virtual)
  • BITB Bystander Intervention: 3/3/2022 (In person)
  • QPR Suicide Prevention: 3/14/2022 (In person)
  • SafeZone LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop: 4/14/2022 (In person)

Where:

  • BITB Bystander Intervention: 3/3/2022-  Wood Center Conference Room E/F  11:30am-2pm
  • QPR Suicide Prevention: 3/14/2022- Wood Center Conference Room E/F  11:30am-2pm
  • SafeZone LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop: 4/14/2022 -Grue 408 11:30am-2pm

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 6th, 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: February 10th, 9am-4pm

Where: UAF.  Wood Center Conference Room E/F

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: Tuesday, Feb 8th, 10-11:30 am

Where: UAF U-Park 118

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 13th, 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: February 16, 11am-1pm

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

When: April 19, 9-11am

Where: UAF, Duckering 306

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:  April 21st,  9am-4pm

Where: UAF, REIC 204

(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.

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 - April 15th- REIC 204  Classroom, 9am-Noon, shooting range in afternoon

Pistol - April 22th- REIC 204 Classroom, 9am-Noon, shooting range in afternoon

Pistol- May 6th- REIC 204 Classroom, 9am-Noon, shooting range in afternoon

Long Gun - May 13th- REIC 204 Classroom, 9am-Noon, shooting range in afternoon

These are full day courses.

 Guns and ammunition must be provided by the participant.

Where: UAF.  REIC 138, and Range in Fox, Alaska

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:  February 21, Time 9AM

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: June 1-3

Instructor: Garrett Jones, Arctic River Guides

Where: UAF.  June 1st Classroom Bunn 410 9am-5pm. In the field for June 2nd and 3rd doing hands on rescue practice.

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:  May 16th and 17th

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

Space: Limited to 9 spots

Instructors: Peter Wesley,  Andrew Seitz and Leo Fero

Gain an introductory experience of motorized boat travel.