Thought I’d compile useful resources I’ve found over the years that have helped me along my mountain learning journey. I’m lucky enough to now live in the PNW and I am an active member of the mountaineers.
Winter Camping – The memory of Scott Schissel yelling “COLDWELL” will stick with me forever. Coldwells are an important part of keeping your sleeping systems working well during winter camping.
Wilderness Navigation – Learn to actually use a compass and read a topo map quickly and effectively. They also cover multiple gps devices and have a preference for Gaia topo maps for on device (cell) navigation. Caltopo is also used.
Scrambling – Basic introduction to off trail travel in the mountains. Learn to use your ice axe, learn basic rope work for descending.
Mountaineering Skills / Glacier Travel – A 5 day adventure to Mt. Baker to learn how to safely move on a glacier. Crevasse rescue, snow protection, all the things. This is lacking rock climbing in this course to match up to the Mountaineers Basic Climb course.
AIARE 1 – Let’s not die in an avalanche. This course teaches you basic skills around Beacon/Shovel/Probe, the AIARE decision making framework, and Avy Rescue skills.
Wilderness Skills – If you’ve never hiked before, or almost died on a hike due to poor decisions skills (lack of water, 10 essentials, etc) this might be the course for you. I’d hesitate to call this a 101 course, something even more simple than that.
Youtube Playlists / Channels
A random sampling of edutainment. If you love the mountains, sorry-not-sorry if some of these are news to you. You may want to grab some popcorn.