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Hunter Education Schedule (Statewide)

NRA Trap Shooting Camp - Every Sunday during May – September
North Country Sportsman’s Club, Gun Club Road, Williston, VT, Off Old Creamery Road.  from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Agenda: Each session will be limited to 10 people: Cost: $20 per individual and pre-registration is recommended since each session will be limited to 10 people. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Cost includes loaner shotgun, ammunition, clay birds, and eye and ear protection. Contact: Tom Blair, (802) 872-8329 (please, no calls after 8:00 p.m.) or via email at tblairvt@comcast.net . A registration form is also available at www.shootncsc.com.

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October 16-19, 2014, VT EMS Conference
This conference is one of the largest gatherings of emergency medical providers, squads, fire departments and hospital personnel in New England. The goal of the conference is to offer a wide variety of healthcare and EMS products, the latest EMS equipment, and vehicle displays that are of interest to these groups. Over 550 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference. Exhibitors with services, products, or information to share with the target audiences are encouraged to come and assist in expanding the attendees’ learning experience. www.vtemsconference.com

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October 26, Backcountry Navigation
9:00am - 12:00 at the GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Spend a morning with the GMC learning to find your way through the woods. We will start in a classroom setting and learn the terminology & skills of route finding and then move outside to practice our technique finding checkpoints on the GMC campus. Be prepared for any weather and tromping through high brush & mud. If you have a compass, please bring it. Compasses will be provided for those without one. Fee $25 public/$10 GMC members. www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=384

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November 15 - 16, 2014, Wilderness First Aid and CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards.
The resident participant fee of $250 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant's fee of $195 includes lunch and course.  All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn's attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-aid

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Nov. 15 to 16, 2014, Wilderness First Responder Recertification
This two-day review is designed to recertify indiviuals previously certified as Wilderness First Responders. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be recertified through SOLO providing their certification is current at the time of the course. CPR Recertification is available for an additional fee. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be provided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. Resident fee of $280 includes meals, lodging, and course. Day students' fee of $235 includes lunch and the course. http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-responder-re-certification/

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Dec. 6, 2014, Winter Fire Bow Drill Class
This one-day workshop will teach you independence from matches and lighters! Friction firemaking was the way of our ancestors, and we can reclaim an incredibly sacred connection to the element of fire by relearning this ancient skill. In this class you'll make your own bow drill set and get plenty of coaching on proper technique for easier firemaking. Topics covered: harvesting materials in the woods, which local tree species are best for bow drill sets, harvesting and preparing tinder nests, knife skills for carving and splitting, bowing technique, and how to turn your friction ember into a flame! Worcester, VT. https://www.facebook.com/events/643107222477052/

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December 6 - 7, Fibers from a Wild Landscape
Dec 6 at 9:00am to Dec 7 at 5:00pm. Humankind’s relationship to fibers and fiber technology stretches back along our time line thousands upon thousands of years, resulting in a globally practiced, rich, and varied tradition. In our modern age, we have access to seemingly endless inexpensive synthetic fibers. While useful, this has reduced our need to procure, process, and provide them for ourselves, and distanced ourselves from the plants and animals that provide these materials. This class invites you to return to a practice that we have relied upon for countless generations. Come process a variety of plant and animal based fibers, gain a better understanding of string technology from identification, processing, basic spinning, in the hand weaving, and create some beautiful and functional works of art. Roots School, 192 Bear Notch Rd, South Corinth, Vermont 05033 www.facebook.com/events/1504758796455321/

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December 6 - 7, SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M at GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Sign up early—this course fills fast! This sixteen-hour, hands-on course will prepare you to cope with medical emergencies in the field. It focuses on prevention, recognition and treatment of backcountry injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification provided upon completion. Please contact GMC if you need WFR recertification or CPR certification (additional fees may apply). Instructors: SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) staff. Limit: 30. Fee: $180. Contact GMC for a list of overnight accommodations. Register no later than two weeks in advance of the course. www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=384

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Dec 8-16, 2014,  Wilderness First Responder
80-hour, wilderness emergency care course to provide outdoor leaders, guides, rangers, and enthusiasts with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making. May be used as first half of a WEMT bridge course with SOLO.
Cost: $900 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $720 commuter (lunch, course materials). http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-responder/

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December 13, 2014, EMT Wild Day
A one-day course to recertify the wilderness component for a current EMT. Eight hours National Registry CEUs. Cost: $145 (includes meals, and training materials);  All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn's attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-emt/

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December 13 to 17, 2014, Wilderness Module
This course is designed to upgrade current First Responders to the WFR level and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. The focus of the course is on emergency care needed when you are separated by time/distance from definitive medical care and do not have the luxury of an ambulance at your disposal. Practical simulations provide hands on rescue skills. Certification for the course is dependent upon passing both the written and practical exams. For National Registry EMT’s this course is typically counted as 40 hours of continuing education. Resident fee of $600 includes meals, lodging, and course. Day participant's fee of $490 includes lunch and the course. http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-emt/

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December 20, Backcountry Skiing I
This one-day course teaches you the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. We will introduce you to the art of skinning and proper track setting, descent selection and land navigation, and lay the groundwork for establishing a strong backcountry decision-making framework. This course will give you the tools to feed the need to and avoid the resort crowds and pricey lift tickets. Prerequisites: Intermediate resort skiing ability; should be capable of managing all blue square runs at the resort, in a variety of un-groomed conditions. Must be comfortable skiing in trees. Cost: $165 + tax
 http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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December 21, Backcountry Skiing II
This full day in the mountains is the perfect follow-up to our Backcountry Skiing I or anyone with touring experience. We’ll tackle more complex ascents and descents while fine-tuning your skills. We practice group management and proper terrain selection, all while maximizing our time skiing. We’ll focus more on hazard awareness, land navigation and most important improve your off piste skiing ability. Prerequisites: advanced-intermediate skiing or boarding skills and some backcountry experience. Cost: $165 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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January 3 - 5, 2015, Wilderness First Responder Recertification/Challenge
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 7 - 13, 2015, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Medicine: Wilderness First Responder Certification. We offer Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course is taught in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates of Maine. As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 9-11, 2015, AIARE Level 1 Course
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the backcountry, this is some seriously vital knowledge. The AIARE Level 1 course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. The course is expected to: Provide a basic understanding of avalanches, Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain, Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers.”, Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to locate and extricate a buried person(s). http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/avalanchecourse/

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January 10, Backcountry Skiing I
This one-day course teaches you the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. We will introduce you to the art of skinning and proper track setting, descent selection and land navigation, and lay the groundwork for establishing a strong backcountry decision-making framework. This course will give you the tools to feed the need to and avoid the resort crowds and pricey lift tickets. Prerequisites: Intermediate resort skiing ability; should be capable of managing all blue square runs at the resort, in a variety of un-groomed conditions. Must be comfortable skiing in trees. Cost: $165 + tax
 http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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January 11, Backcountry Skiing II
This full day in the mountains is the perfect follow-up to our Backcountry Skiing I or anyone with touring experience. We’ll tackle more complex ascents and descents while fine-tuning your skills. We practice group management and proper terrain selection, all while maximizing our time skiing. We’ll focus more on hazard awareness, land navigation and most important improve your off piste skiing ability. Prerequisites: advanced-intermediate skiing or boarding skills and some backcountry experience. Cost: $165 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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January 10, 2015, Welcome-to-Ice Workshop
Jan 11 with Stowe Parks&Recreation, Whether you're totally new to climbing and looking to explore the intriguing idea of climbing water or you're a seasoned rock climber looking to extend the climbing season and possibilities, our Welcome to Ice Workshops will help move you forward and upward confidently. During this day-long workshop we'll cover the following topics and techniques: Ice climbing tools and terminology, Belaying/Communication sequences in climbing, Basic knots for climbing, Vertical cramponing fundamentals, Ice tool technique, Movement over ice terrain, Advanced ice techniques. The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. The Northeast is a mecca for ice climbing and you'll come to love the winter even more once you've discovered the challenges and joys of the vertical ice world. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/welcometoiceworkshop/

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January 17-18, 2015, Denali Skills Workshop Weekend
Though not quite the 20,320' height of Denali/Mt. McKinley, the mountains of the Northeast have been a training ground for successful Alaskan expeditions since the time of Bradford Washburn's first ascent of Denali's West Buttress. During this two-day workshop we'll both review the fundamentals essentials to summit success and introduce more advanced techniques that you'll apply on your Denali climb, including: Ascending/descending cramponing techniques on steep and variable terrain, Team arrest technique for roped travel, Self-arrest techniques for the variety of falling scenarios that can occur, Rope management during roped-team travel, Alpine-specific anchoring and belay techniques, Fixed line ascending and travel using intermediary anchors, Building snow anchors, Crevasse rescue techniques, The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. If you're planning an expedition to Denali or any of the other Great Ranges in the next year or so, this is the workshop you need in order to be prepared for the challenges ahead. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/denaliskillsweekend/

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January 24 - 25, 2015, Winter Tracking Intensive
The Winter Tracking Intensive is open to all skill levels and students. The weekend will be predominantly experience based, offering guided ‘dirt time’ in which students can push their skills in real tracking situations. Trailing and interpretation will be a major theme for the weekend as we take in depth looks into the lives of the animals living in Vermont’s forests. When the sun goes down students will be offered ecological tracking information and apply it to creating an accurate map of the land they have tracked and how the animals have moved through it. We will also check out skull and bone, and feather identification. Expect to cover a lot of snow in any weather conditions and to spend two full long days in the forests and fields tracking. Snow shoes recommended. Roots School, 192 Bear Notch Rd, South Corinth, Vermont 05033 www.rootsvt.com/adults/courses

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January 25, The Telemark Turn
At Pico Mountain, Equipment: Heavier Duty Telemark Equipment, Plastic Boots, Leashes. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill areas. This course will take place on easy, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (discounted of free lift access available) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This is an introductory level class for the beginning and intermediate telemark skiers looking to develop and refine their skills.  http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/   

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February 1, Introduction To Overland Touring
Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring, Location: Bolton Valley. This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, you will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 1, The Telemark Turn
At Bolton Valley, Equipment: Heavier Duty Telemark Equipment, Plastic Boots, Leashes. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill areas. This course will take place on easy, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (discounted of free lift access available) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This is an introductory level class for the beginning and intermediate telemark skiers looking to develop and refine their skills. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/ 

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February 7, 2015, Welcome-to-Ice Workshop
Feb 8 with Stowe Parks&Recreation, Whether you're totally new to climbing and looking to explore the intriguing idea of climbing water or you're a seasoned rock climber looking to extend the climbing season and possibilities, our Welcome to Ice Workshops will help move you forward and upward confidently. During this day-long workshop we'll cover the following topics and techniques: Ice climbing tools and terminology, Belaying/Communication sequences in climbing, Basic knots for climbing, Vertical cramponing fundamentals, Ice tool technique, Movement over ice terrain, Advanced ice techniques. The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. The Northeast is a mecca for ice climbing and you'll come to love the winter even more once you've discovered the challenges and joys of the vertical ice world. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/welcometoiceworkshop/

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February 8, Introduction to Mountain Touring
Location: Bolton Valley, Equipment: Alpine Touring, Heavy Duty Telemark, Splitboard. This track is intended for expert level skiers and riders who are new to exploring the backcountry. Maybe you just purchased your first set of AT equipment or splitboard and are looking for some guidance on using it and playing safely and responsibly in the woods. This course will take the form of an instructional tour and will cover layering strategies, what it means to be prepared, navigation, efficient touring and uphill techniques, etc… We will NOT be teaching downhill ski and snowboard technique. If you are considering registering for this course you should be comfortable navigating black diamond level gladed terrain at a resort. At end of the course you will be more comfortable using your equipment and making the transition from ski-to-hike, or hike-to-ski. You will also be more prepared to safely spend a full day in the backcountry. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February, 15, Introduction To Overland Touring
Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring, Location: Bolton Valley. This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, you will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 15, The Telemark Turn
At Bolton Valley, Equipment: Heavier Duty Telemark Equipment, Plastic Boots, Leashes. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill areas. This course will take place on easy, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (discounted of free lift access available) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This is an introductory level class for the beginning and intermediate telemark skiers looking to develop and refine their skills. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 21, Backcountry Skiing I
This one-day course teaches you the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. We will introduce you to the art of skinning and proper track setting, descent selection and land navigation, and lay the groundwork for establishing a strong backcountry decision-making framework. This course will give you the tools to feed the need to and avoid the resort crowds and pricey lift tickets. Prerequisites: Intermediate resort skiing ability; should be capable of managing all blue square runs at the resort, in a variety of un-groomed conditions. Must be comfortable skiing in trees. Cost: $165 + tax
 http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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February 21, Backcountry Skiing II
This full day in the mountains is the perfect follow-up to our Backcountry Skiing I or anyone with touring experience. We’ll tackle more complex ascents and descents while fine-tuning your skills. We practice group management and proper terrain selection, all while maximizing our time skiing. We’ll focus more on hazard awareness, land navigation and most important improve your off piste skiing ability. Prerequisites: advanced-intermediate skiing or boarding skills and some backcountry experience. Cost: $165 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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February 22, Introduction to Mountain Touring
Location: Bolton Valley, Equipment: Alpine Touring, Heavy Duty Telemark, Splitboard. This track is intended for expert level skiers and riders who are new to exploring the backcountry. Maybe you just purchased your first set of AT equipment or splitboard and are looking for some guidance on using it and playing safely and responsibly in the woods. This course will take the form of an instructional tour and will cover layering strategies, what it means to be prepared, navigation, efficient touring and uphill techniques, etc… We will NOT be teaching downhill ski and snowboard technique. If you are considering registering for this course you should be comfortable navigating black diamond level gladed terrain at a resort. At end of the course you will be more comfortable using your equipment and making the transition from ski-to-hike, or hike-to-ski. You will also be more prepared to safely spend a full day in the backcountry. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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March 7-8, 2015 Two-Day Ski Mountaineering Clinic, Mt. Washington NH
Highlighted in Skiing Magazine as one of the best clinics to learn steep skiing techniques! This two-day course is for expert skiers who wish to explore terrain steeper than the black diamond trails at the resort and take their skills to the wilds of the backcountry. This course utilizes the world-famous Mount Washington’s Gulf of Slides and Tuckerman Ravine to amplify what you are capable of accomplishing on skis. Join us as we refine your terrain selection and teach you the techniques to mitigate steep terrain. Over the two days we help find your limit and then show you how to push beyond. Learn form our guides experience about their risk assessment, define hazards and work through their decision making process. Prerequisites: Advanced skiing or riding skills, AIARE level I recommended but not required. Cost: $335 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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March 28, 2015, Denali Skills Sharpener
Though not quite the 20,320' height of Denali/Mt. McKinley, the mountains of the Northeast have been a training ground for successful Alaskan expeditions since the time of Bradford Washburn's first ascent of Denali's West Buttress. During this one day workshop, mountaineers with prior experience who now have their sites set on Denali will hone the techniques that they'll apply on their Denali climb, including: Rope management during roped-team travel, Alpine-specific anchoring and belay techniques, Fixed line ascending and travel using intermediary anchors, Building snow anchors, Crevasse rescue techniques. The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. If you're planning an expedition to Denali or any of the other Great Ranges in the next year or so, this is the workshop you need in order to be prepared for the challenges ahead. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/denaliskillssharpener/


 

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