primary goal of the Mother Lode Region Mountaineering program is to provide
basic knowledge regarding safety and travel in the mountain environment. The
program consists of three basic classes:
MOUNTAIN AND AVALANCHE AWARENESS
This course provides inexperienced mountain enthusiasts with
basic knowledge regarding safety and travel in the mountain environment.
Although the course is intended to inform people who participate in winter
activities, many of the core concepts could easily be adapted for the summer
months. This course is not designed to teach the mountaineering or avalanche
skills necessary to be proficient in the backcountry, nor is it intended to
teach rescue skills needed to be a ski patroller.
MOUNTAIN TRAVEL AND RESCUE 1
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to travel in
reasonable comfort and safety in an outdoor environment and to assist in
search and rescue. Primarily taught in a classroom environment with outdoor
application so students can demonstrate proficiency in an outdoor setting.This class is offered at least once a year.
MOUNTAIN TRAVEL AND RESCUE 2
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to plan and
conduct a successful multi-day trip into a winter environment and to be
effective search and rescue leaders. Offers hands-on experience in route
finding, emergency bivouac, and problems that arise in search and rescue
situations. Participation in a mock search and rescue exercise is required.