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The MCA's Basic Mountaineering School (BMS) is designed to give individuals new to mountaineering an introduction to the basics skills required to travel in the Alaska mountain environment.

A jubilant mountaineering class. Photo © Dean Carman Climbers self rescue out of a crevasse, Matanuska Glacier. Photo © Travis Taylor Travis Taylor digs out his home. Photo © Travis Taylor Students ski in to a temporary homestead, Turnagain Pass. Photo © Jayme Mack
Students probe and dig for a buried avalanche subject. Photo © Jayme Mack Students probe avalanche debris for buried subjects. Photo © Jayme Mack Students pinpoint a buried subject with beacon, time to probe and dig. Photo © Brian Aho A student self arrests a tensioned partner. Photo © Brian Aho
Students pull test a buried anchor. Photo © Brian Aho Student examines snow crystals. Photo © Seth Weingarten Dean Carmen continues instruction at the Long Rifle Lodge. Photo © Seth Weingarten A leader directs a probe line on a glorious day. Photo © Seth Weingarten
A V thread under tension. Photo © Seth Weingarten A climber belays his team to a safe spot. Photo © Tony Lutes Students prepare for a Rutschblock snow stablilty test. That's a lot of snow. Photo © Brian Aho A climber approaches the edge, a difficult transition. Photo © Brian Aho
Students practice ice climbing and belaying. Photo © Jayme Mack Ralph Tingey demonstrates the boot axe belay. BMS 09. Photo © Wayne Todd Val heads out clothed for the storm. Photo © Wayne Todd Students stop for adjustments in a serious storm. Photo © Wayne Todd
Richard Baranow demonstrates clipping thru protection from the middle position. Photo © Wayne Todd Wayne steps on a students hand who is not following instructions. Photo © Tony Lutes Marco Carter makes tracks ahead of his team. Photo © Wayne Todd A rope team ascends the skiers gully on O'Malley. Photo © Wayne Todd
Tony Lutes briefs his students before the final ascent. Photo © Wayne Todd

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