Military Training

US Military training for high altitude mountaineering on alpine snow in Rocky Mountain National ParkAlpine Tactical Training Center

Colorado Mountain School specializes in mountain training for military operations groups. Our guides are dedicated mountain professionals with certifications from the American Mountain Guides Association. All CMS guides have been Wilderness First Responder and CPR trained and certified, and many have higher level and specialized medical training for the unique challenges of the mountain environment.

Colorado Mountain School is the oldest permitted mountain guide service in Rocky Mountain National Park. We are the true local experts to Colorado’s northern most 14er Longs Peak. Elevations in RMNP range from about 7,500 feet to 14,259’ above sea level, making it an exceptional and challenging climate for mountain and cold-weather environment trainings.

With more than 100 peaks towering above 10,000 feet, Rocky Mountain National Park offers a lifetime’s worth of spires, snow couloirs, ice climbs, and technical peak ascents.  Though striking in their exposure and quality, most all of the routes in Rocky Mountain National Park can be climbed in a day.  Capped by Longs Peak, Colorado’s most coveted 14er, “The Park” is the perfect mix of an easily accessible training ground for alpine skills and remote wilderness climbing objectives. Winters are harsh and long, typically providing a deep snowpack for trainees to maneuver in the snow on skis, snowshoes, and to build snow caves.

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Air Force training for vertical rescue inside a Titan II missile silo.

Military Tactical Mountain Training Courses 

Colorado Mountain School offers custom-designed military alpine tactical mountain trainings in high altitude environments. These trainings can be designed around your team’s goals and skill set, and curriculums can be adjusted to fit any teams desired length of training module and operational team size. Our IFMGA and AMGA Certified Guides will offer your team the highest level of technical training in the industry, and have years of experience working with military personal on specific tactical training courses in many different environments and situations. Please give us a call or email to discuss building skills to move your team efficiently through the mountain environment.

Alpine Tactical Mountaineering Training

The Alpine Tactical Mountaineering training is designed to offer small specialized military teams  unique and specific mountain environment skills training and application. Start with snow travel skills – such as traveling as a roped team, techniques for walking in crampons, using a mountaineering axe properly and self-arresting a fall. – and end the course doing a big mountaineering route in Rocky Mountain National Park. This course is a great training designed towards winter tactical movements in a mountain environment with snow and glaciated peaks.

Cold-Weather Alpine Tactical Mountaineering Training

The Cold-Weather Tactical Mountaineering training sets teams up perfectly for moving through cold winter mountain environments throughout the world. Teams will learn extremely vital skills such as the different types of winter and snow anchors, crevasse rescue and hauling systems, crampons and ice axe use, and specific cold-weather alpine medical considerations. As well, this training will also focus on mountain climbing objectives and skills and will involve learning proper camp craft on an overnight in the backcountry while climbing a classic mountaineering route in Rocky Mountain National Park. Combined with the Alpine Tactical Mountaineering Training, teams will get the full gamut of training in regards to all types of climbing and mountaineering systems for tactical tea strategy in remote, cold, challenging snowy and possibly glaciated high mountain environments.

Tactical Team Avalanche Trainings Level 1 & 2

Learn how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain with the Colorado Mountain School. We teach a complete program of curriculum established by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and are the world’s largest and most experienced AIARE provider. The AIARE Avalanche Course Progression is built around the ‘Decision-Making in Avalanche Terrain Theme’, and we offer team specific training in many of the individual AIARE course modules in the recreational and professional tracts. Team members can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, how to understand basic decision-making protocol while in the field, and to use military specific resources related to weather and terrain so as to travel efficiently and safely in avalanche terrain.

Tactical Team Avalanche Mountain Rescue Training

Your team will learn the basics of companion rescue, while expanding their skill set with advanced topics and realistic, military training specific scenario practice to help improve their skills and response time in a real world scenario. Team members will learn organized operational specific tactics on what to do if a member of the party is caught in an avalanche, how to quickly and efficiently use the gear necessary for a successful avalanche rescue, improve response skills and times, and learn how to develop a plan for continued practice whilst in the field.

Alpine Tactical Snowmachine Training

Team members will learn the art of mechanized snow travel and maintenance. They will understand some of the hazards and risks associated with snow machine travel, as well as gaining a basic understanding on the intricacies of efficient snow machine use, simple field maintenance operations, and navigating through avalanche terrain.

Alpine Tactical Rock Climbing Training

This course is an immersion into the sport of rock climbing. This complete introduction to rock climbing turns first-timers into solid intermediate-level climbers and introduces team members to the multi-pitch climbing experience.  Learn to climb while building a solid foundation of the knowledge, skills, and movement required to be a solid rock climbing team member. Understand the specifics associated with traveling over the mountains and rocks on traditionally protected rock climbs as self-sufficient small teams. Your teams technical equipment use, and individual movement standards will greatly improve on this course, allowing for quicker, safer, and more targeted tactical team movements on technical vertical terrain.

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*Colorado Mountain School offers custom military training under special use permits from the National Park Service, US Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.