Our Online Courses

Our Online Courses

Join online courses taught by pro guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club

Each 90 minute class is taught by a live instructor, on Zoom, with time for Q&A during and after the course.

Online classes are free to OAC members! Non-members are welcome and can purchase classes one at a time.

Best deal!!! Subscribe to all our classes for $100. The $100 Online Subscription gives access to all our classes for 6 months. NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

We have online avalanche classes, navigation/ CalTopo.com and rock climbing classes. We’ll keep adding classes, especially while we are sheltering in place.

Avalanche classes include:

  • What is avalanche terrain?
  • Parts of  the avalanche advisory
  • The nine avalanche types or problems
  • Storm slabs and wind slabs
  • Surface Hoar
  • Facets and rounds- snowpack metamorphism
  • Spring avalanche problems
  • Knowledge check: How much do you know about the nine avalanche problems, and defining your safety margin around each problem
  • Opening and closing terrain on CalTopo, with defined margins from the avalanche advisory
  • Where are you going, based on the avalanche advisory?
  • How to read a snowpit chart

Navigation classes include:

  • How to read a map, for “I’m not a map person”
  • CalTopo pt 1; A comprehensive tour of the basics (what you need to know to use CalTopo in an avalanche class)
  • CalTopo pt 2; DEM models, or how to have CalTopo highlight specific terrain
  • CalTopo pt 3; Using DEM models to show open/closed terrain and your route, based on an avalanche advisory

Rock climbing classes include:

  • Anchoring basics
  • Building anchors off of trees, boulders
  • Belaying from above
  • Setting up a 3:1 haul system
Here are our currently scheduled online learning courses. Check back often, as we are always adding more great classes. Have a topic you’d like to see in an online learning format? Just let us know.


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