CAMP USA Presents Light & Fast Alpinism!


At the Michigan Ice Fest we pride ourselves in providing unique educational courses that can help participants to further their technical skills.  This year we are so excited that CAMP USA athlete Scott Bennett will be returning to Michigan to instruct a Light and fast Alpinism course!  Not only is Scott one of the nicest guys you will ever want to meet, he has been climbing routes all over the planet.  Aspiring alpinist? Here is your chance to learn all of the tricks of the trade to better your chances in the mountains.

LIGHT & FAST ALPINISM-  Saturday February 18th
A technical field clinic presented by CAMP USA Inc. and team Athlete Scott Bennett.

Whether you are an experienced alpinist or beginning mountaineer, the benefits of the light & fast approach are indisputable. Being lighter means using less energy with every step we take and every move we make. It is also just downright more comfortable when we are in motion. Being fast equates directly to safety. It means we are navigating hazardous terrain more quickly and tagging the summit in time to descend safely. It is also the way we progress towards bigger objectives over time. This clinic covers the most important aspects of the light & fast approach with a short classroom session followed by an intensive field session where we work on the implementation of the skills, strategies and tactics that are most useful for you. The professional athletes teaching these clinics have made light & fast a part of their very being. As we strongly believe that a commitment to the light & fast mentality is a commitment to an even more awesome life, we strongly believe that folks who take this clinic will get a lot out of it!


The Skills

  • Moving quickly
  • This can be the difference between success and failure
  • Managing Ropes & Gear
  • Don’t let this be the thing that holds you up
  • Incorporate this into your training and routine climbing

Staying safe

  • Move quickly
  • No second guessing

The Fitness

  • OTC (off the couch) strength
  • What is your OTC goal?
  • Strength goal
  • Speed goal
  • Knowing how to gauge this
  • A lifelong pursuit
  • There is no such thing as a free lunch
  • Consistency is key
  • Daily life v training
  • Make the time, we all feel better when we are fit
  • Remember: Power = Endurance

The Gear

  • Light is right
  • Gear has made monumental strides, use it to your advantage
  • For starters, look for places you can make substantial cuts
  • The right gear for the job
  • Modern gear is specific, use the right gear for the job
  • Gear is an investment worth making if the objective is important to you
  • The whole kit has to work together
  • Carry gear that is complimentary
  • Carry gear that can be used for multiple functions

Preparation & Planning

  • Route LogisticsRoute finding
  • How and when to bail
  • The point of no return
  • Calories & Hydration
  • The benefits of hypersaturation
  • Sports Energy foods are not a gimmick
  • The mental aspect
  • Be humble, be present, be aware
  • Keep a long term perspective


Assessing & navigating terrain

  • The approach, the climb, the descent
  • Obstacles and hazards

Moving in alpine terrain

  • Terrain anchors and self-belays
  • Using crampons and ice axes
  • Roped v unroped terrain
  • Footwork

Systems with ropes and gear

  • Rope systems and management
  • Belay techniques for mountaineering and alpinism
  • Makeshift anchors

Alpine fitness

  • 1 hour alpine fitness challenge?

Gear choices

  • Bring your pack so we can break it down and figure out where things can be lightened up
A Scott selfie on Longs Peak, RMNP Colorado.
A Scott selfie on Longs Peak, RMNP Colorado.

Due to the nature of this class space will be limited.  Don’t miss this unique and informative class- register here!