CMC HAMS Sponsors (3) Mount Rainier Trips for 2012
2013 High Altitude Mountaineering School
There’s snow somewhere
While the 2013 HAMS School dates have not been set yet, the schedule should be very similar to 2012.
You may also want to consider the Crevasse Rescue School.
2012 Classroom Dates were:
Wed, January 18th (7-10 PM) Introduction to HAMS School & Knot Test at AMC
Wed, January 25th (7-10 PM) Glacier Travel, Climbing Styles, Food & Review at AMC
Wed, February 1st (7-10 PM) Overnight Camp Planning/Crevasse Rescue Review at AMC
2012 Field Days were:
Saturday, January 21st – 7-10:30 AM at AMC, then Field Practice outside until 5 PM
Friday-Sunday, January 27-29th – Intro to Expedition Ice Climbing at Ouray Ice Park
Saturday, February 4th (7 AM – 5 PM) Snow Practice at St. Mary’s Glacier
Friday-Sunday, February 11-13th – Expedition Overnight Camping at location TBD
The Next Step: The High Altitude Mountaineering School was created to address the needs of CMC members interested in preparing, planning, and gaining skills to safely climb and enjoy bigger mountains: Rainier, Denali, Aconcagua, the Mexican Volcanoes, and more….
The HAMS program will teach you what it takes to have a successful expedition: planning, logistics, conditioning, special skills, and, most importantly, TEAMWORK. All HAMS Senior Instructors have been on multiple expeditions – learn from those that have been there! This is not a school for Beginners! The school includes 2 evening sessions, 3 day outings, and a 2 day overnight expedition. Prerequisites for graduation: 1) Member of the CMC; 2) Basic Mountaineering School or equivalent; 3) Denver Group ‘D’ Classification or equivalent experience; and 4) Completion the HAMS Seminar within the past two years.
The High Altitude Mountaineering Section sponsors a multi-session Seminar and the High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS). At the Seminar, world class climbers and other experts in their fields will present lectures on such topics as organizing expeditions, equipment, travel arrangements, fitness, nutrition and menu planning, group dynamics, travel and high altitude illnesses, cold and related injuries, and the pros and cons of guided climbs. The speakers and content vary from year to year as the seminar is intended to be a continuing resource for the accomplished mountaineer as well as the novice. The Seminar is open to CMC member who want to learn about climbing high peaks. The Seminar is held in October and November 2008.
These sessions are just part of the school, which concludes with an optional trip to Mt. Rainier, Canada or other locales in the spring. In addition to the seminar, the school trains students in basic technical skills of glacier travel, including crevasse rescue, low-angle ice techniques, rope management and shelters. These skills will be taught on field trips in January and February.
Attendance at each session of the seminar is a prerequisite for admission to the school. The school requires that Denver Group members must have successfully completed the Basic Mountaineering School and hold a “D” classification. Members from other CMC groups must meet equivalent requirements. Contact the HAMS school director to discuss the equivalent requirements.