Courses

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various factors that contribute to avalanche hazard including terrain, weather, snowpack, and the human component (good vs. bad decision-making). Avalanche safety equipment such as transceivers, probes and shovels are also presented, with instruction on how to use each of these critical pieces of safety gear. The course includes one or more mock avalanche rescues. Students must provide their own transportation for field sessions. Textbook is required for this course.


January 7-25, 2020, MAZ 0207
January 9-26, 2020, MAZ 0207
January 30, 2020 to February 16, 2020, MAZ 0207
This course is designed to build on the skills developed in an Avalanche Level I course. New material will include use of a field notebook and standardized data recording, as well as completing full pit profiles. Field time is spent practicing and reviewing transceiver search techniques (single and multiple burial), snowpack assessment (through test pit, test pit plus, and full pit), and safe travel practices and group travel skills. Students must have completed an Avalanche Level I or Level I Refresher course within the past five years. Students must provide their own transportation for field sessions. Textbook is required for this course.


January 28, 2020 to February 15, 2020, MAZ 0207
Basic Wilderness Life Support is a wilderness first responder course appropriate for those who spend a lot of time in remote locations (professionally or recreationally).


January 7, 2020 to March 19, 2020, MAZ 0120
Learn the basics of cross-country ski touring including how to walk, glide, climb, stop, turn and use poles. This class is designed for those who have seldom or never been on skis or those who are coming back to the sport. You'll learn the most efficient diagonal stride and how to control your speed. A solid base of fitness is essential. Information regarding equipment and preparation will be discussed at the classroom session.


December 5-22, 2019, CHLAB 301
Explore horse adventuring in Central Oregon. This short series focuses on safely accessing both front and backcountry trails on horseback including how and where to adventure as well as preparing for emergencies on the trail. Series includes guest appearances from local subject experts as well as hands-on activities and/or field sessions. No riding involved in this course.


March 2-16, 2020, RTEC 127
Explore the various equestrian organizations and opportunities to get involved with equestrian activities in Central Oregon. Students will learn about horse rescue, wild mustang herd management and the non-profit equine community. Series includes guest appearances from local subject experts as well as hands on activities and/or field sessions. No riding involved in this course. Students are responsible for their own transportation to potential field sessions.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Take your cross-country skiing to the next level by learning to ski in a variety of snow conditions. Experience different types of hills, navigate ski tracks and ungroomed snow. More advanced ski pole and waxing techniques will also be covered. Students will ski 1-3 miles on each field session. A solid base of fitness is essential. In addition, students should have either taken the Beginning Cross-Country Ski Touring course or have cross-country skied for a minimum of one ski season in order to register for this "next level" course.


January 7-26, 2020, CHLAB 301
Explore a variety of snowshoe trails in Central Oregon with experienced guide Damian Fagan as he shares his knowledge of winter ecology. This is an intermediate level snowshoeing course, snowshoe trails will vary in length from 4-6 miles, moderate physical fitness necessary.


January 14, 2020 to February 6, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT
February 18-27, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT
Snowshoeing offers an exciting opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with minimal technical skill. Students will learn about appropriate gear as well as how to safely navigate snowshoe trails. Course includes two field sessions providing an opportunity for students to take advantage of early snow conditions and explore Central Oregon's winter ecology. Snowshoe trails will vary in length from 3-5 miles, moderate physical fitness necessary but no snowshoeing experience required.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Snowshoe across meadows and through forests to shelters or snowy mountain vistas. Learn about the wildlife, cultural and natural history of our beautiful Central Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. Each snowshoe session will cover a distance of approximately four to five miles--moderate physical fitness needed but no snowshoeing experience required.


January 8-22, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT
February 19, 2020 to March 4, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT
March 11-25, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT