Educational Courses

Fall 2015

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder (WFR): Has long been recognized as the standard in wilderness medical training for guides, trip leaders and outdoor professionals. This 80 hour WFR course  provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to backcountry medical  and  trauma situations.  Students will learn patient stabilization, treatment and  evacuation with special attention to extended patient care. Upon successful completion students will  receive  a  Desert Mountain Medicine WFR and Heartsaver CPR completion card.

Cost: $650
Register: Register on-line through course provider: Desert Mountain Medicine :

Other information: This Hybrid WFR course consists of 30 hours of self-paced, on-line work, that must be completed before the class meets in person on December 14th, 2015 on campus.

Dates: On-line Course Material available Oct. 15. (30 hrs. to be completed by day 1 of class) Dec. 1


Avalanche Education Courses:

Intro to Avalanches w/Field Course

The Friends of GNFAC and ASMSU Outdoor Rec are sponsoring this course.The lectures will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Students may choose either a Saturday or Sunday Field Session when they register. Different topics are presented each evening. Topics include: avalanche terrain recognition, the affect weather has on avalanche hazard, the development of the mountain snowpack, decision making skills, and basic search and rescue procedures. Participants in the field course should have basic skiing and snowboarding skills with the appropriate equipment to negotiate “groomed” intermediate ski runs. Please bring skins or snowshoes for uphill travel. (equipment available for rent at outdoor program) Although not required, an avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and probe will be very helpful for the field session. You MUST attend both classroom sessions to attend a field session.

You MUST attend both classroom sessions to attend a field session.
Cost: $30 donation to Friends of GNFAC
Wednesday and Thurs, 12/2, 12/3 7-9:30 p.m. at MSU Leon Johnson Hall, Room 339
Field Sessions
During registration you can choose either Saturday or Sunday for your field session. They are both held at Bridger Bowl, 9:15 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

Register online at:
For more information contact the GNFAC at 406-587-6984 or
Session 1
December 2, 3 and 5 or 6, 2015 at Reid Hall, Rm. 108.
Session 2
January 20, 21 and 23 or 24, 2016:

Advanced Avalanche Workshop w/Field Course

The GNFAC along with the Friends of GNFAC and ASMSU Outdoor Program are sponsoring this course.  

The lectures are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with a field course on Saturday at Bridger Bowl. Course content includes: snowpack metamorphism, the mechanics of avalanche failure and fracture, and decision-making. Different topics are covered each evening session. The field session includes snowpack analysis and avalanche rescue scenarios. The course emphasizes snowpack assessment and decision-making skills. Instructors are Karl Birkeland of the National Avalanche Center and Mark Staples of the GNFAC.

Course Requirements:
Students need a basic knowledge of avalanche terrain, weather factors that contribute to avalanches, and the development and relationship between slabs and weak layers. Therefore, each student should have taken the equivalent of our Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course. Each student needs to be skilled with their avalanche beacon and should also bring a shovel and a probe in the field.  Participants should be able to negotiate non-groomed, intermediate slopes on skis or a snowboard. Skins or snowshoes are needed for uphill travel.
You MUST attend both classroom sessions to go in the field on Saturday.
Pre-registration is required
Jan. 27th, 28th . Field day Jan. 30th.