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Spring 2018 Skills Courses for KMC Members

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club is subsidizing the mountaineering and rock climbing courses to the amount of $25 per member. Please note we have a $75 course subsidy limit for any one member per calendar year

Volunteer trip organizers will receive an additional subsidy of $25 over and above the regular member $25 discount, already included in the posted rates. To qualify, you must have organized at least 4 trips in the past year. This program recognizes the importance of all trip organizers within our club. If you think you qualify, please contact Peter at school@kootenaymountaineeringclub.ca first for an approval.

For online registration see the course registration page.


Day Mountaineering Skills Series – June 2 and 3, 2018

The Day Mountaineering Skills Series is for members interested in acquiring or refreshing specific mountaineering skills. You will learn modern mountaineering skills from qualified instructors in a safe environment. For more information: http://summitmountainguides.com/courses/p/day_skills_series/

June 2, 2018: Ice Axe & Crampon use, Movement skills & Rope handling


June 3, 2018: Crevasse Rescue, Snow & Ice Anchors

Price includes use of rope use and all technical equipment, but does not include personal equipment or your food/transportation. Mountaineering equipment (ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness, prussix, carabiners) *SMG rental $30/day

KMC member rate $95.00 per each skills day (minimum group of six required)


Introduction to Rock Climbing – Two day program exclusive to KMC members

  • June 16, 2018:
    On the first day you will learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing.
  • June 17, 2018:
    On the second day, you will learn personalized movement skills, basic anchor construction and rappelling while climbing as much rock as possible.

KMC member rate $75.00 each day (minimum group of six required each day) – technical gear including harnesses, helmets, belay device and rock shoes (or use your own) will be provided.

Itinerary:

  • 8:00 AM meeting at local climbing site
  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda
  • Issue of required gear
  • Intro to common rock climbing equipment
  • Movement skills intro and bouldering
  • Basic knots, belaying, rope handling and commands
  • Rock climbing with the safety of a rope
  • Integration of movement skills while roped climbing
  • Climbing different routes

On the 2nd day, we will introduce lead belaying, rappelling and basic anchor construction.

Course debrief and wrap-up by 4:30pm

For more information: http://summitmountainguides.com/courses/C30/


Wilderness Navigation (map and compass - with GPS assist)  8:30 am - 4:00 PM, August 4, 2018

Instructor: Doug Clark; Cost: $10 (members only) Minors must be accompanied by their parent of legal guardian.

Location: Strawberry Pass

This will be a one-day, introductory course covering how to use a compass and interpret maps to locate specific features in the field.

Participants will learn how to plot UTM coordinates on a map and then use their compass and supplied maps to navigate in the field to the plotted coordinates.

There will be a short class room session at the beginning of the day to explain -

  • how to use electronic devices to obtain and use UTM coordinates, 
  • basic map interpretation, and
  • basic compass use. 

You should bring

  • pencil
  • compass (with adjustable declination!!)
  • optional, but desirable - GPS (or cell phone loaded with an app that provides UTM coordinates)
  • clothing, food and water appropriate for a full day in the bush