By Melissa Lopez
Cal Poly Pomona’s “Learn by doing” philosophy is not only applied in the classroom, but also on the rare snow filled mountains of California.
Associated Students, Inc. Campus Recreation will hold the Alpinist Workshops, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5 and 12 at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex’s Bronco Peak.
Students can register for the four-day instructional clinics at the BRIC, or online through the campus recreational portal for $30.
Ian Navarro, adventure education coordinator, is excited for students to participate in these types of workshops as they are something anyone can do even without prior climbing or hiking experience.
“Students who are interested in developing skills in snow travel or outdoors in the winter elements have a great opportunity to learn how to plan, prepare and learn how to manage risks in those environments, as well as learn how to travel as a team.”
The Alpinist Workshops first began winter quarter of 2016.
They have been developed to gain the theory and hands-on skills that could later be applied through personal trips or those put on by Campus Recreation.
Participants will gain knowledge of how to use equipment such as ice axes, crampons and snowshoes.
As well as how to properly research avalanche and snow conditions.
Those who complete the instructional clinics have the chance to attend Alpinist Snow Skills Day at Mt. Baldy.
A day trip designed to put the skills learned to practice on real terrain.
The snow trip will be Feb. 17 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is $35 for BRIC members.
For graduates of the workshops and the Mt. Baldy trip, the Eastern Sierras will be eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Students will be able to go on a trip of a lifetime with the Adventures team during spring break, on the Alpinist Eastern Sierra trip.
From March 17-21, participants will put their skills to the ultimate test and conquer terrain they have never encountered, easily becoming not your average spring break trip.
The trip is $350 for BRIC members.
Madison Anderson, Adventures Instructor 1 and third-year environmental biology student, began just like any other participant of the workshops.
“I took this specific workshop my freshman year and initially just fell for it,” said Anderson.
“I got to try out all these new things that I had never tried before, using ice axes and crampons all these crazy sharp things that were really fun to use especially when used properly.”
Anderson completed the Alpinist series and is now one of the two instructors helping guide and teach the workshops within the Adventures program.
Both instructors have completed their AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education) level 1 certification.
The course taught them to use terrain assessment to avoid hazardous areas of snow and rescue skills incase there were ever an avalanche, which they apply to how they teach the workshops.
Patricia Castro, a third-year food and nutrition student is considering putting her hiking shoes aside and trading them in for snowshoes.
“I typically hike in non-snow environments but through these workshops and the trips that would eventually follow, I think it would be a great challenge that I would really want to tackle.”
“If you like any sort of outdoor adventuring ranging from climbing to backpacking, to simple snowshoeing and skiing, this is a really good mix sport to challenge yourself to try something new,” said Anderson.
ASI Campus Recreation’s Adventures team offers a wide variety of outdoor education workshops and local trips.
For those interested in finding out more information about ASI Campus Recreation visit the BRIC.
Courtesy of Ian Navarro
The workshop teaches how to use terrain assessment to avoid hazardous areas of snow and rescue skills
Courtesy of Ian Navarro
Students will get the opportunity to learn how to plan, prepare and learn how to manage risks in the snow
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