Alpine Hiking Bootcamp

This free online course consolidates my extensive alpine hiking experience exploring more than 300 high passes across the Western Himalayas. 50+ modules will familiarize you with important concepts to become an independent explorer. Knowledge is presented through compact theory and elaborate hands-on assignments to easily assimilate concepts. The course can be taken up from anywhere, anytime. Submitted assignments are periodically reviewed by myself and feedback provided. Students completing the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Chapter 1 – Maps / Route planning

Module 1 – Geography of Himalayas
Module 2 – Topography & Contours
Module 3 – Open Street Maps
Module 4 – Traverse Planning
Module 5 – Survey of India

Chapter 2 – Navigation

Module 1 – Mobile / GPS
Module 2 – Geo-referenced maps
Module 3 – Recorded routes
Module 4 – Terrain reference
Module 5 – Off trail (Contours)
Module 6 – Compass

Chapter 3 – Planning your Journey

Module 1 – Elevation profile
Module 2 – Acclimatization
Module 3 – Weather
Module 4 – Seasons
Module 5 – Food planning
Module 6 – Hydration
Module 7 – Night stay
Module 8 – Financial

Chapter 4 – Fast hiking & lightweight gears

Module 1 – Clothing
Module 2 – Shoe wear
Module 3 – Backpack
Module 4 – Sleeping bag
Module 5 – Tent
Module 6 – Electronics / Power
Module 7 – Technical gears

Chapter 5 – Himalayan Terrains

Module 1 – Settlements
Module 2 – Trails
Module 3 – Valleys & Streams
Module 4 – High Ranges & Passes
Module 5 – Forests & Meadows
Module 6 – Rock & Ice
Module 7 – Snow
Module 8 – Wildlife

Chapter 6 – GIS

Module 1 – QGIS, freeware GIS
Module 2 – Importing and analyzing data
Module 3 – OSM data
Module 4 – Geo-referencing maps
Module 5 – DEM & contours
Module 6 – Maptiles

Chapter 7 – Open Street Maps

Module 1 – Getting Started
Module 2 – OSMAnd
Module 3 – Settlements
Module 4 – Trails
Module 5 – Hiking routes

Chapter 8 – Maps of the Himalayas

Module 1 – Olizane Maps
Module 2 – Soviet Maps
Module 3 – AMS Maps
Module 4 – Digitizing features
Module 5 – Analysis

Chapter 9 – Atlas of the Himalayas

Module 1 – Boundaries
Module 2 – Passes, Peaks
Module 3 – Alpine Lakes
Module 4 – Atlas

Chapter 10 – Geo-metrics of the Himalayas

Module 1 – Mountain Passes
Module 2 – Lakes & Glaciers
Module 3 – Settlements
Module 4 – Settlements/2
Module 5 – Hiking Routes
Module 6 – Hiking Routes/2
Module 7 – Digitized Trails
Module 8 – Himalayan Rivers
Module 9 – Topography

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