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High Altitude Mountaineering Seminar


High Altitude Mountaineering Seminar is a great opportunity for interested members and other individuals to learn about climbing and trekking at elevations higher than a Colorado 14er. The seminars are open to everyone and there are no prerequisites to attend.


Experienced climbers will present lectures on topics as diverse as organizing an expedition, fitness and conditioning, nutrition and menu planning, high altitude/cold weather medical issues and group dynamics. Mountaineering slide shows from around the world will be featured to complement and expand upon the lecture topics.


Attendance of the seminar is a prerequisite for admission to the High Altitude Mountaineering School.


Fall 2013 Schedule

All sessions are from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.


Monday, September 30th
-Introduction to HAMS
- Mountaineering Fitness – With Adam St. Pierre, MS from the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine
- Expedition Nutrition


Wednesday, October 9th
-Packing for Mt. Rainier
-Winter camping skills
-Mt. Rainier slide show

Wednesday, October 16th
-Health Concerns at Altitude (AMS, HAPE, HACE, hypothermia) – With Dr. Scott Valent, Cardiologist


Wednesday, October 23rd
-Expedition Planning
- Pros and Cons of Guided vs. Unguided Expeditions
- Denali slide show


Wednesday, October 30th
- Mountain Weather with Joel Gratz,
- Colorado Snow Climbs and Lessons-learned from the Backcountry

Wednesday, November 6th
- Climbing an 8000m peak
- Himalayan expedition planning
- Tibet vs. Nepal approached
- Selecting a guide outfit
- Choosing the level of guide and Sherpa support
- Altitude, acclimatization and appetite
 - Gear and clothing
- HAMS School overview



Cost is $50 for the entire series of six sessions or $10 for individual sessions. You can register/pay for the entire series online or pay at the door (via cash or check).


To register/pay for the entire series, please go to the Colorado Mountain Club website at:


For more information, please contact: Cindy Bero at