Mountain Travel and Rescue 1

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Last updated 19 Nov 2024.

Pre-classes (Indoor/Webinar). Take any one of the following:Wed Jan 10th 7pm; Thurs Jan 18th 7pm; Thurs Jan 25 7pm. (Class links to be sent in early January)
Outdoor Field Class: February 3-4, 2024
Location: Pinecrest, CA
Time: Check in opens 7:00AM
Note: Limited Lodging available for early Arrivals on Feb 2nd in Pinecrest. Attendance at a pre-class is compulsory.

The Mountain Travel & Rescue course will provide the basic information, instruction, and opportunity to travel in the winter backcountry. It will prepare you with the basic knowledge to skillfully and safely enjoy travel in a harsh winter mountain environment.

You will be introduced to:
  • Search & Rescue
  • Safe Route Finding
  • Basic Map & Compass
  • Winter Shelters
  • Skiing & Snow-Shoeing
  • Food & Water
  • Cooking
  • Winter Environment Clothing
  • Survival Skills
  • Cold Weather Medical Emergencies

This class will satisfy the Far West Division Nordic requirement for Mountain Travel & Rescue as well as provide one elective credit for patrollers seeking advancement towards Senior.

Contact course coordinator, Jeff Gurrola ( ) if you have any questions.


Registration is open for 2024.

Participant Category

The Mountain Travel and Rescue 1 course is open to NSP members and affiliate organizations including Search and Rescue (SAR) groups, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers (SWV). Members of the public and/or people not part of the NSP or an affiliate should contact   before registering.

Winter Camping/Survival training comes with significant personal bodily risk as a direct result of the environment or prescribed lesson activities. As a member of an associate agency, or as an associate member of the NSP, you assume all personal liability issues as a result of class registration and participation, and all participants in NSP classes are required to sign a release of liability holding the NSP and the Instructors of the course non-liable.

Student Info:

Students will be required to complete a pre-test and attend the compulsory Indoor/Webinar pre-class. Pre-tests will be checked before the field class on March 23th.

Course material including the pre-test, class agenda and gear list will be available on this site for download and will be posted to students with the text when registration is received.

The following documents are part of the student pack which all students should review before the class.

Students are also required to register directly with the National Ski Patrol. Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Create a personal account

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Create an Account”.
    • For desktop, this is on the top banner.
    • For mobile devices, click on the icon of a shadowed person (left most icon on the top banner).
  3. Complete the form.
  4. Hit “Save”

Step 2-Register for the Course

  1. Log in to the NSP Member Site. Click on NSP Center for Learning.
  2. Go to the Yellow “Browse Catalog” button on the homepage of NSP Center for Learning.
  3. Type in the course they wish to find, for example, “Mountain Travel and Rescue”
  4. Click "Choose Session"
  5. Find the "Pinecrest Nordic" class and click "Enroll"

Instructor Info:

Instructors wishing to help instruct at the course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator, Jeff Gurrola ( )

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