The MCA typically offers two major training events every year, the MCA Ice Climbing Festival and the Basic Mountaineering School. Other training events such as Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel Seminars and Rock Climbing Classes have also been offered.
The goal of the MCA Training Department is to offer members more training opportunities and to encourage all types of abilities to participate. In order to make this possible the department recently reviewed old curriculum and training schedules. Based on feedback from participants and instructors the training department decided in 2012, instead of offering long and committing course schedules (like the Basic Mountain School held every weekend for four weeks and at least one evening session a week) to offer shorter skills seminars and clinics in a wide variety of topics.
Don’t worry, the Basic Mountaineering School (BMS) hasn’t gone away, instead the training department has developed a merit based BMS program. Students can mix and match the required BMS training at their own pace and schedule, but are required to complete training within 24 months of enrollment in the BMS merit program. Participation in required training will be recorded by the training department and certificates will be awarded once all required training is completed. Some training can be credited with prior experience and or training sources outside of MCA, upon submission and approval of the MCA training department. Click on the link on the left, "Basic Mountaineering School" for more information.
These events are organized and taught by MCA member volunteers. Any volunteers interested in assisting with MCA training events are encouraged to contact the Training Committee to discuss potential opportunities.
As volunteers offer, other training seminars are presented. In the past they have included introductions to waterfall ice climbing (as opposed to the Ice Festival, held at the Matanuska Glacier), anchor building, rock climbing and avalanche awareness.
Select a link from the left to learn more about training.