If COVID has taught us one thing, it’s that the internet is a powerful platform as a learning tool. While maybe not for everyone, there’s something to be said about learning new skills and refining old ones through online instruction. IFMGA guide and mountain safety instructor Mark Smiley has been pushing into this world for a few years with his MTN Sense online courses, and for this upcoming winter, he’s back with a completely updated course offering. New this year is a certification standard that exceeds the highest level of traditional recreational certs. Focusing on a hybrid model of online learning, complete with real-world examples from folks like TGR’s Colter Hinchliffe, and field days with AMGA guides, the course should help you up your game in the mountains. The course starts at $299, find out more at mtnsense.com.
- Rec 1, rescue skills, and rec 2 instruction all rolled into one package, led by IFMGA Mountain Guides with smaller class size.
- Several new lessons on rescue digging, and navigation with your smartphone.
- Hybrid remote learning option with homework assignments, live zoom calls, and a final exam to provide students with a digital certification.
- Option to join IFMGA Mountain Guides around the world in the field for 4 days of hands-on learning.
- Homework assignments that will help your future self with picking routes and collecting info online.
- Tier 2 and Tier 3 students will have more accountability and touch points to complete the videos.
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