Academic classes and field safety courses

 

Summer 2020 academic classes

Earn credits with Outdoor Adventures!

Outdoor Adventures offers academic and recreational courses throughout the year. These courses are a great way to develop your wilderness leadership skills and expand your resume. The REC, NONC and NRM classes allow you to learn a new sport, travel into Alaska's backcountry and gain the experience and confidence to do these sports on your own or with friends in the future.

Non-Credit

Instructor: Frank Olive

Classroom: 5/31 8am-7pm, 6/1 8am-6pm

Field Session: 6/2-6/8

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of expedition tripping with inflatable kayaks. We will float down Birch Creek as it flows out of the White Mountains and heads down towards the Yukon.  This float is 110 miles of mostly Class I and II water with one Class III section that can be run or portaged.  Birch Creek is a National Wild and Scenic River which starts as a quick narrow stream and becomes slow meandering river as it heads towards the Yukon flats.  The students will be involved with all aspects of planning and executing this awesome wilderness trip. Food and transportation is included in the field fee.   

Non-Credit

InstructorMark Oldmixon

Field Sessions: 7/13, 7/14-17

Explore the Alaska Range; either East or West, depending on weather and smoke. The week starts with a local day of rock climbing on Monday. On Tuesday we will head south, doing a short hike or two on the way to our base camp. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of adventure with either a river float or lake paddle to long scenic hike. On Friday we will find another short adventure to break up our drive home. Let Outdoor Adventures staff show you some new hikes and take care of the logistics and equipment. Participants will be expected to assist with camp camp responsibilities.

Non-Credit

InstructorMark Oldmixon

Field Sessions: 7/27, 7/28-31

Explore the Alaska Range; either East or West, depending on weather and smoke. The week starts with a local day of rock climbing on Monday. On Tuesday we will head south, doing a short hike or two on the way to our base camp. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of adventure with either a river float or lake paddle to long scenic hike. On Friday we will find another short adventure to break up our drive home. Let Outdoor Adventures staff show you some new hikes and take care of the logistics and equipment. Participants will be expected to assist with camp camp responsibilities.

 

Non-Credit

Instructor: Frank Olive

Field Sessions: 6/15, 6/16-19

Explore the remote Brooks Range. Spend time hiking and exploring both the north and south sides of the range which have distinctly different feels. The week will start with a local day of rock climbing on Monday. On Tuesday, we will head north, doing a short hike or two on the long journey to our base camp near Wiseman. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of adventure, we will spend one day hiking and exploring on the south side of the range and one day we will drive up and over Atigun Pass to hike in the treeless tundra of the north side of the range. On Friday we will find another short adventure to break up our drive home. Let Outdoor Adventures staff show you some new hikes and take care of the logistics and equipment. Participants will be expected to be ready for the physical challenges of hiking and camping in the wilderness and to assist with camp responsibilities.

2020 Field Safety

Working in the field has a unique set of challenges and risks. At Outdoor Adventures we recognize those hazards and have worked with researchers on campus to compile a menu of training's that will give you the tools, tips and tricks to help mitigate some of the risk associated with field work.

We have been doing a concentration of courses in March and April each year, funded by UAF Vice Chancellor for Research. Outside of those offerings, we are able to provide the same material (season dependent) for a fee.

If you are looking for training for your team, please see our courses listed below and pricing. Please contact us if you are interested in coordinating a course for your group. Mark Oldmixon - mtoldmixon@alaska.edu or 907-474-6709

Register for a Field Safety Class

Email uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu with your Fund-Org*, name, phone and email. 

Questions?

If you have a question contact Mark Oldmixon by email or calling 907-474-6709.
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* The course fees for these regularly schedule programs are covered by a generous grant from Vice Chancellor Hinzman. This year however, we are requiring a Fund-Org Acct number in order to reserve your spot. We will charge the account a $50/day fee if you cancel within 5 calendar days or just skip the class. Unfortunately, we had people skip the courses last year, and leave people on the waitlist who could have used this training. 

*NEW* - UAF places a strong focus on safety every day with regards to injury, but we also prioritize creating a safe and respectful environment for everyone in our community. This year we have partnered with employees from Student Affairs to offer three different courses to help everyone have a great season in the field.

Come for one, come for all three. Your choice.

-Completed- February 4th - Safe Zone: The goal of a Safe Zone training isn’t to change a particular space, but to create people who are invested in creating safe and affirming environments wherever they go, and providing those people the skills and knowledge they need to do that. You may have seen a sticker or sign that indicate that a person is a “Safe Zone” or has been “Safe Zone Trained.” These signs mean a ;person is open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +) individuals and identities.

-Completed- February 11th - QPR: "The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know."

-Still Space Available- February 18th - Green Dot: The UAF Green Dot strategy is a violence prevention program based on empowering bystanders. When people attend our trainings, they learn to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to safely intervene.

Door Prizes will be awarded to everyone attending. Prizes sponsored by Arctic Fire and Safety. Everything from gloves, head lights, FA Kits and Hydroflasks.

When: Noon to 2PM

Where: Wood Center 101G Conference room

Cost: Free 

Instructor: Wood Center employees

Space: Limited

Cost:  Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF VC Hinzman

(Additional courses can be arranged  for $150/student with 4 student minimum)

Date: March 4th at 9AM

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures; classroom and outside

Space:: Limited to 8 students

This is a seven hour introduction to the concepts and techniques of safely traveling on a glacier. The course will present the general principles of glacier travel including; route choices, anatomy of crevasses, safety and rescue gear, rope work and knots, self rescue, partner rescue, anchor basics, haul systems, camp selection and gear management. The course will be presented as a mixture of lecture and hands-on with most of the class happening indoors. If weather permits some of the hands-on lessons will be outside.

When: March 5th: (9:30AM to 3:30PM)

Where: Wood Center Conference Room C/D and outside on campus

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF VC Hinzman

(Non-UAF research can participate for $50 as space allows. Additional courses can be organized for $500)

Space: Limited to 6

This awareness level course is important for anyone heading into the mountains during seasons in which snow is likely. Learn to identify avalanche slopes and hazards. Understand red flag situations and scenarios. Learn how to use critical rescue gear in the event of a burial. This course will be both inside and outside, dress appropriately. Roughly 7 hours.

When: March 20 at 10AM - 1-hour

Where: EMS classroom 118 in Old UPark

Space: limited to 12

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF VC Hinzman 

Learn this simple skill that has been proven to save lives when done quickly and correctly. Taught by - UAF Fire Department. Some online pre-class work will be required.  Cost includes CPR Mask.

When: March 31 - Evening

Where: Classroom TBD

Cost: Free

Space: Limited to 25 seats

Instructor: Tim Craig

A crash course in bear safety. Bear awareness, encounter prevention and appropriate response scenarios discussed. Tim is a career wildlife biologist with BLM and Fish and Wildlife.

When: April 2: Half Day morning

Where: Room 306 in Reichardt on Dec 4th.  April 2nd is TBD

Space: Limit 25 seats - sign-up in advance.

UAF Risk Management will be providing instruction to help you better understand UAF policies and procedures. Did you know the Chancellor needs to approve you having a gun in the field? Do you know what to do if you are bringing a minor in the field or hosting a group a school kids? Are you allowed to have alcohol in the field? How do you explain vehicle insurance to another driver or the police if you are in an accident?

Each participant will be given some great safety equipment for attending. Last year everyone got Bear Spray. This year...we will surprise you.

Cost: Course fees covered for UAF Researchers by UAF VC Hinzman

(Additional courses can be arranged  for $500 for up to 12)

When: April 8th at 9AM

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures (SRC 106)

Space: Limited to 12 students

This is a seven hour course designed to give students and introduction to the concepts and techniques of being comfortable in the backcountry.  We will cover clothing systems, tents, stoves, water treatment, bear safety, minimizing impact, student rights, communication and other topics for maintaining comfort and safety in the backcountry. The course will be presented as a mixture of lecture and hands-on with the class happening both inside and outside.

Cost: $175 (free for first 9 field researchers who sign up)

When: April 13th and 14th, 2020.  8am-6pm

Where: TBD

Working in the field will expose you to hazards and situations different than in urban areas.  Prepare yourself to better handle some of those medical emergencies by taking this 16 hr course. Over those 16 hrs you will cover topics such as, the critical systems, incident management, wound cleaning and much more. Course fees include textbook, certification and instruction. (CPR not included in this training)  Sign up at Outdoor Adventures or email uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu 

When:  April 14 at 9AM

Cost: Covered by VC for Research support. (Additional Classes can be scheduled with Outdoor Adventures)

Space: Limited to 12 spots - Sign-up in advance

Instructor: Tim Craig

A more in-depth course on bear safety. Bear awareness, encounter prevention and appropriate response scenarios discussed. This course goes more in depth and includes practice bear spray scenarios, multi media presentation. Inert Bear spray provided for practice. Tim is a career wildlife biologist with BLM and Fish and Wildlife.

Participation: Must be a UAF affiliated researcher to participate

When: March 31

Cost: Covered by UAF Research for UAF Research's only. Ammunition is provided by the student.

Where: Classroom and Range

Space: Limited to 6 student (can be expanded to 12 with notice)

Please contact instructor Craig Lewis ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability.

Sign-up by calling Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027.

This course gives the student the necessary training to be authorized to carry a pistol in the field for UAF work-related activities (mainly research). Students will learn gun safety and best shooting practices. The morning will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent at a local firing range (exact location TBD). Students should be prepared mentally to handle and fire their weapon numerous times over the time period. Beginner shooters are welcome, but awareness of the material is crucial.

Students are encouraged to bring their own weapons and required to bring their own ammo. The student bringing their own guns or University guns also need ammo. Please contact your supervisor if you need funding assistance. No ammo is provided with the class.

Bring a lunch and be prepared to stay until 5:00p.m. Half the day will be outside too, dress appropriately. No ammo in classroom.

Please read the course document completely for details.

Suitable handgun calibers:

  1. 10mm Auto (with appropriate ammunition)
  2. .357 Magnum (with appropriate ammunition)
  3. .41 Magnum (with appropriate ammunition)
  4. .44 Magnum or larger (.454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .480 Ruger)

We recommend 100 rounds of ammunition. 80 rounds can be target load, as long as at least 20 full-power rounds are available too.

Participation: Must be a UAF affiliated researcher to participate

Cost: Course fee covered by UAF Research for  UAF Research's only.  Ammunition is provided by the student.

When:  March 24 and TBD (The former April 7th is cancelled and may be rescheduled)

Where: Classroom  and Range

Space: Limited to 6 student (can be expanded to 12 with notice)

Please contact instructor Craig Lewis ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability.

This course gives the student the necessary training to be authorized to carry a rifle or shotgun in the field for UAF work-related activities (mainly research). Students will learn gun safety and best shooting practices. The morning will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent at the range at a local firing range (exact location TBD).  Students should be prepared mentally to handle and fire their weapon numerous times over the time period. Beginner shooters are welcome, but awareness of the material is crucial.

Students are encouraged to bring their own weapons and required to bring their own ammo. Please bring your gun to class in a case, not on your hip or slung on your shoulder. No ammo is provided with the class. Please contact your supervisor if you need funding assistance.

Courses start at 9 a.m. at TBD. Bring a lunch and be prepared to stay until 5:00 p.m. Half the day will be outside too, dress appropriately. No ammo in the classroom. There is a live-fire proficiency test in order to pass the class.

Please read the course document completely for details.

We recommend 60 rounds of ammunition. Reduced recoil is fine for 40 rounds, as long as 20 rounds of full power are available.

Suitable rifle calibers:

  1. .30-06 or larger (.300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Federal Magnum, .375 H&H or similar)
  2. .45-70 Government
  3. .450 Bushmaster; .458 SOCOM.

Rifle ammunition should be of hunting variety or hard-cast lead projectiles.

Suitable shotguns:

  1. Remington or Mossberg manufacture loaded with 12 gauge rifled slugs
  2. Brenneke brand slugs are preferred due to the hardness of the alloy

All shotgun ammo needs to have slugs.

Cost: Funded by UAF Research, $400 to unaffiliated - All equipment provided.

Participation: Priority given to UAF Researchers

When: Tentatively May 10-12

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures and Chena River

Space: limited to 9 spots. 

If your full-time and/or seasonal personnel use any kind of watercraft (pack rafts, sea kayaks, canoes, rafts, jet, or prop boats) to travel in remote areas and wilderness settings to accomplish their work, you should consider Remote Worker Safety Training provided by Arctic River Guides.

This 3-day course addresses the specific problems encountered when working on, over, or adjacent to water. It is designed to meet and exceed the industrial requirements of OSHA 1926.106. Our program provides the essential knowledge and hands-on skills (recognizing and avoiding hazards, self and companion rescue techniques, injury management, and survival) to allow your employees to travel and perform their work in small groups in remote settings safely and effectively.

*NEW* Motor Boat Safety will provide hands on training with both jet and prop motors on local lakes and rivers. Experienced UAF staff will cover basics mechanics, navigation and common hazards and mistakes to avoid when conducting research on motorized watercraft. We will work with a variety of water craft including jets and props.

Cost: Funded by UAF Research, $400 to unaffiliated - All equipment provided.

Participation: Priority given to UAF Researchers

When: Tentatively May 20-21

Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures and local bodies of water

Space: limited to 6 spots., possible extension to 9 if needed