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Date Wednesday  1/22/2014
Group Denver
Event Title High Altitude Mountaineering School
Start Time 12:00 AM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Approved
Group Price $220.00
Available Participants 6
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, CO

For more info Contact

HAMS Co-Directors:

John Martersteck

Debbie Markham

For general CMC questions, contact the CMC office at:

     303.279.3080 x2


Must complete application and be approved by the HAMS School Directors before enrolling in this course.

 For an application go to

The High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) was created for CMC members who are interested in preparing, planning, and gaining alpine skills to safely climb and enjoy high, glaciated mountains, including Rainier, Denali, the Andes, and the Himalayas!  HAMS culminates in a high peak climb of Rainier or other high, glaciated peak.

Note that completion of the HAMS Seminar Series  is required for graduation from HAMS and is open to aspiring alpinists — both CMC members and non-members — who want to learn about climbing high peaks. The Seminar is held each year in October and November, for which experienced high-altitude climbers and other experts in their fields will present lectures on such topics as:

    organizing expeditions

    fitness and nutrition

    health issues for high-altitude climbers

    pros and cons of guided climbs, group dynamics

    first-hand information about climbing Rainier, Denali, and Himalayan peaks

    snow climbs in Colorado, lessons learned in the backcountry

The HAMS School trains students in advanced mountaineering technical skills, including:

    roped glacier travel

    crevasse rescue

    ice climbing techniques

    ascending fixed ropes

    glacier camping

These skills will be taught on field trips in January and February  (refer to 2014 Schedule below).  Many students enjoy their first opportunity to climb vertical ice with the annual HAMS trip to Ouray in February.  In 2014 we are adding an additional winter camping and Colorado couloir climbing weekend in the Spring, prior to the graduation climb (most likely Mt. Rainier) in July.

The HAMS program will teach you what it takes to mount a successful expedition: planning, logistics, conditioning, nutrition, safety, technical skills, and, most importantly, TEAMWORK. All HAMS Senior Instructors have been on multiple expeditions – learn from those that have been there!  This is not a school for beginners:  HAMS students should have BMS-equivalent rock and snow skills (i.e. must be proficient with climbing knots, belaying, rappelling, and crampon and ice ax technique).


    Attendance at each session of the HAMS Seminar, within the last 2 years, is a prerequisite for admission to the school (though missed sessions may be made up in the following year)&l



Student requests for refunds of tuition must be requested in writing to the appropriate school or event director.  Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of the school will be processed less a $10 handling fee.  Requests made within 30 days of the school will  be refunded at 50% of the amount paid.  No refunds will be made after the beginning of the school.  However, a refund less $10 can be obtained if a person is found to take the original student's place in a school.

Do not register for this course until you have filled out an application and have been approved by the School directors.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.