FM101 Course Info

Families Mountaineering 101 (FM101) trains adult and youth climbers for entry-level mountaineering activities, including rock and snow climbing skills. This class is an opportunity to get your entire family involved with alpine activities and mountaineering objectives. FM101 is designed to support parents and their children in building a solid foundation of mountaineering skills. Participants of the class will learn the skills required to be a competent member of Mazama “A” or “B” level climbs.

FM101 utilizes one-room schoolhouse style to accommodate kids and adults of all ages. The class will break out into smaller practice and field session groups based upon a number of considerations, including age.

Mazama Mountaineering Center (MMC) sessions are hands-on and interactive. There is a significant amount of field session time to ensure everyone has the opportunity to become proficient with the new skills.

To offer experiential learning, there will be camping out several nights during the class. Snow camping and backpacking will be offered as separate skill builders in the spring following the class.

In addition to all of the great camping opportunities, the class will also be spending the night at the historic Mazama Lodge. 

FM 101 Skills Overview

Basic Skills Rock Skills Snow Skills
Car Camping Belaying Snow Travel
Navigation Rappelling Roped Travel
Outdoor Clothing Movement on Rock Self-Arrest
Conditioning Rock Climbing Glissading
Weather Knots Crampon Technique
First Aid Communication Signals  

 

Application Information

FM101 2018 Application InstructionsPDF Document | 307.0 KB

Each applicant will need to create an account on our website in order to apply for this program. All accounts on our website must have a unique email address (parents cannot share their email address with their kids in order to create an account.)

If you have a gmail account, it is very simple to create a unique email address without having to create a new account. Example: if your email address is joesmith@gmail.com, you can use the address joesmith+1@gmail.com as a unique address for your child (you can add +2 if you have a second child, +3 for the third). The email sent to that account will go to you, but it is viewed as a unique address by our system. This only works with Gmail.

On the application page you will see that the cost for members is $340 and nonmembers is $400. However, tuition for kids under 18 is only $250. We will reduce the amount of the tuition AFTER a child applies for the program. 

 

Course Details

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2018/19 Schedule

FM101 gets underway in early August (Aug 2018–Jan. 2019)

FM101 typically hosts an Information Night in early June (June 4, 2018 at at 6:30 p.m. at the Mazama Mountaineering Center; 527 SE 43rd Ave)

The application period is June/July. (Application opens June 5, 2018)

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Time Commitment

Moderate–FM101 requires a moderate time commitment over a period of 6 months. There are periods of intense activity and then periods of time where there are several week breaks.

Long–FM101 takes place over a period over a period of 6 months. The program is intensive and sequential.

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Tuition

The tuition for FM101 for 2018–19 is $250 for students under 18 (reduction will occur after you apply), $340 for Mazama member adults, $400 for nonmember adults. The course tuition includes camping fees and a stay at Mazama Lodge.

There are other costs and fees not covered by your tuition.  Some of these fees may include:

  • Parking passes at field sites.
  • Gear costs (purchase and rentals) - roughly $200 per person
  • Gas for travel to field sites such as Horsethief Butte and Timberline Lodge.

It is recommended that participants wait to purchase gear until the class begins as those enrolled in Mazama classes receive discounts at local climbing shops.

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Skills Taught

Mountaineering skills including: rock climbing (belaying, rappelling, movement on rock, communication, and knots), snow climbing (snow travel, roped travel, self-arrest, glissading, and footwork), car camping, navigation, outdoor clothing, conditioning, weather and first aid.

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Prerequisites

Open to students entering the 3rd grade and older; younger children may be considered on a case by case basis by class coordinators. Email with questions.

All participating adults must submit to and pass a background check.  All adults associated with FM101 will also review and certify understanding of the Mazama Policy for Working with Youth.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for the 2018-19 class! We are offering a limited number of scholarships to allow families to participate who would not be able to do so without financial assistance and by whose participation can help expand the Mazamas membership base beyond current cultural, economic, and ethnic demographics.

A scholarship is for course tuition ONLY. Mazamas may cover the cost of your course up to 90 percent of the course tuition based on factors listed above. Other costs associated with the course may apply. You must have access to a computer, smartphone, or tablet to participate in the course. Information about associated costs and logistics is below. All scholarship awardees will qualify for select course gear at a discounted rate.

Please click here to apply for a scholarship.  Applications are due Aug. 1, 2018. The Mazamas will contact you with details of the status of your scholarship application.

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Application Process

The FM101 application will request information describing your family’s outdoor interests, experience, and why you want to take this class.

Each applicant (including children) will need to create an account on our website and apply for the program individually. Parents will likely create their child's account for them. Each person must have a unique email address to create an account (if you use gmail, creating a unique address if very simple). Contact us if you need assistance with this step.

Adults typically enroll as a student with their currently enrolled child. They may serve as an assistant if they can demonstrate competency with FM101 skills. These skills include: knots (overhand, rewoven figure 8, figure 8 on a bight, double fisherman, prusik, girth hitch, clove hitch and alpine butterfly), slingshot belay, rappelling with the use of autoblock, Fixed line of travel and Running belay. One way to meet this requirement is to have participated as a student or instructor in a Mazama BCEP, ICS, AR, or ASI class within the last 3 years. Please contact the coordinator with questions.

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Requirements

Children and their participating adult(s) (parents, legal guardians, or adult with permission of the child’s legal guardian) must sign and abide by the Code of Conduct Agreement

Enrolled adults must be accompanied by a currently enrolled child. Adults must fully participate in the course either as students or assistants. Children may not be dropped off or left unaccompanied for a session.

All participating adults must submit to and pass a background check. All adults associated with FM101 will also review and certify understanding of the Mazama Policy for Working with Youth.

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Equipment

We do not recommend making any new gear purchases before the Gear Night.  More specific information about required gear and timing will be available at Information Night.

Essential Gear

  • Backpack (seek advice from your instructors before buying a new one)
  • Sturdy boots for hiking (same as above)
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (about 2 liters)
  • Rain shell (seek advice from your instructors before buying a new one)
  • Ten Essentials, including a whistle for all minors
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife/multi-tool
  • Headlamp & extra batteries
  • Sun protection (Sunscreen, lip-balm, sunglasses)
  • Extra synthetic clothes (hat, mittens, long sleeve shirt, insulating layer)
  • Camping gear including a 3 or 4 season tent, sleeping pads, sleeping bag rated for temperatures down to 20-30 degrees, etc. (needed before the first camping session)
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Standard Climbing Gear

Standard Climbing Gear

Climbing harness
Locking carabiners
Non-locking carabiners
Nylon slings
Tubular belay device
Prusik slings
13 cm Sterling Hollow block
Climbing helmet
Tubular belay device

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Recommended Reading

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, published by the Mountaineers Books

Allen and Mike’s Really Cool Backpacking Book, by Allen O’Bannon and Mike Clelland

Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun!, by Jeff Alt

FM 101 Class Handbook will be made available to students enrolled in the class.

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Graduation Requirements

Students who pass the FM101 Practical Skills Assessment and who participate all field sessions will receive an FM101 Graduation Certificate. Students with an FM101 Graduation Certificate will be considered qualified to participate in both Mazama “A” and “B” level climbs. Mazama climbs are graded to indicate approximate experience and/or ability levels required. To view the description of ‘A’ and ‘B’ level climbing grade, visit the Getting Started with Mazamas Climbing webpage. Scroll down and review the section labeled “climb grades.”

 

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