Exum XMS3 Programs

Exum Mountain guides provided a tailor-made course of instruction for 14 personnel from SEAL Team THREE in March 2009. The goal for the course was to provide training in the following skills: basic rock climbing, mountain rescue, contingency planning, movement through rough terrain, high altitude first aid, and mountain navigation. The guides emphasized safety during all evolutions, and they stressed the use of simple and effective techniques that minimized equipment and maximized efficiency. Most of the SEAL personnel did not have any prior climbing experience prior to attending the course. Exum guides developed and instructed a two week course that progressed incrementally and culminated in a 20 hour non-stop Field Training Exercise (FTX). The FTX was an excellent test of the skills that had been learned throughout the course: rough terrain movement, route finding, link-up procedures, mountain navigation, multi-pitch rock climbing, contingency planning, casualty evacuation, nighttime movement, and teamwork. The high altitude environment is one of the most challenging environments to work in, and the training provided by Exum Mountain Guides drastically increased the participants’ ability to move safely through the mountains and to deal with any sort of contingency. The guides from Exum were extremely professional and demonstrated the highest levels of expertise in all aspects of mountain movement. I would strongly recommend this course to any military unit that is looking for comprehensive and professional training that covers all aspects of working in the mountain environment.

- Task Unit Commander, SEAL Team THREE -


6-Day Winter Mountain Movement Course:

 Day 1 is a classroom day covering clothing systems for the cold WX environment, gear and fast/light packing techniques, avalanche awareness/route finding and mountain nutrition. Day 2 is spent learning ski techniques at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Days 3-6 will be held in the backcountry and will include a 3-day ski traverse of harsh terrain in the Teton Range.

7-Day Avalanche Course:

 This pre-deployment course is for meteorologists going to remote mountain ranges. The course covers snowpack development and behavior, mountain weather forecasting, stability tests, snow pit profiling, terrain evaluation, snow climates, safe travel, hazard evaluation, backcountry avalanche forecasting, snow shelters and winter survival. Our instructors have decades of avalanche forecasting experience and are experienced in the use of explosives in avalanche control.

4-Day Mountain Movement Course:

 This course is designed to provide the new warfighter the pre-deployment skills needed for troops going to Afghanistan. Day 1 is split between the classroom and field. Days 2-4 will be held in the mountains and include a difficult alpine traverse. The course covers clothing systems for severe weather, route finding/map reading in complex terrain, gear and fast/light packing techniques, nutrition, fast/efficient/safe movement over broken/rocky terrain, safe movement on steep snow and efficient climbing and mountaineering systems using little technical gear.

5-Day Mountain Movement Course: 

This course instructs tactically-appropriate technical mountain movement skills. The course will take place near Las Vegas, Nevada, in an environment similar to Afghanistan. The course will be taught by some of the most experienced Exum Guides. Our focus will be: the development of excellent footwork and movement skills, mastery of rope handling skills and simple but effective rope systems to prevent injury and mission failure, route finding emphasizing safety and efficiency, and producing accurate travel time estimates. Please contact us for more details and a sample itinerary.

10-Day Technical Mountain Movement Course:

 Covering all the topics offered during the 4-day course, the 10-day course also teaches participants to lead 5th class rock climbs, establish belay and rappel systems, place technical protection, build anchors, learn fixed rope ascension and practice rescue systems for the mountains. Units finish with well-developed route finding skills, honed decision-making and risk analysis abilities, smooth movement over steep broken rocky terrain and appropriate rope systems.
To discuss any of these Exum XMS3 courses or a custom program, please contact:
Nat Patridge
Vice President – Operations/Military Programs
o) 307-732-0606  c) 307-690-1769

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