2014 High Altitude Mountaineering School

There’s snow somewhere
above 15,000 ft.


Here’s your opportunity!

Begins January 2014


You may also want to consider the Crevasse Rescue School.

2014 Classroom Dates:
Wed, January 22nd (6:30-9:30 PM) – Introduction to HAMS School, Knot Test, Gear & Equipment, Glacier Travel at AMC (Directions)
Wed, January 29th (6:30-9:30 PM) – Crevasse Rescue, Food Planning and Stove types, Sled set-up, preliminary Ice Climbing Technique at AMC
Wed, February 5th (6:30-9:30 PM) – Expedition Camping Planning and Crevasse Rescue at AMC
Wed, February 12th (if needed) – Expedition Camping Planning, Fitness, Couloir and Training Climbs

2014 Field Days:
Sat, January 25th – Gear, Suiting Up for Expeditions, and Intro to Crevasse Rescue
Sat, February 1st – Intro to Ice Climbing at Ouray Ice Park
Sat, February 8th – Snow Day covering Crampon Techniques, Self-Arrest, Snow Anchors, Ascending Fixed Lines, Roped Team Travel, and Crevasse Rescue
Fri-Sun or Sat-Mon, February 14th weekend – Expedition Overnight Camping
May or June – Couloir climb and overnight (required for Mt. Rainier consideration)

Cost: $220 for Denver Group members

HAMS Equipment List (updated list coming soon)

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.