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The MCA's Basic Mountaineering School (BMS) merit program is designed to give individuals new to mountaineering an introduction to the basic skills required to travel in the Alaska mountain environment.
NOTE: The required training is NOT designed to prepare an individual for an ascent of Denali or any other major undertaking. This course is taught by competent experienced volunteers, not by paid professionals.
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 14 months of enrollment in the BMS merit program. The BMS merit based program offers a variety of classes in the evenings and weekends with the idea a student can design their program around their work schedule and school. 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.
Check-out the link to the left, "Seminars" for upcoming BMS merit based training offerings.
Required Basic Mountain School (BMS) training includes:
Nutrition and Equipment for Travel in the Snow Environment
Winter Camping and Snow Shelters
Navigation and Map Skills
Avalanche Hazard and Recognition
Basic Snow Travel
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
Intro to Ice Climbing*
Backcountry Skiing Skills*
Wilderness First Aid*
*Participants enrolled in the BMS merit program must take one of these courses, all other courses are required to complete the program.
The MCA charges a fee for clinics/seminars in order to cover the cost of materials and equipment.