YVCC Offers Classes for the Outdoor Enthusiast
Whether you'd like to learn how to do some fly fishing or how to climb a Cascade mountain peak, Yakima Valley Community College has classes in those activities for you this spring.
Beginning Fly Fishing will be held April 3 to May 1, on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.. $80 is payable to YVCC at registration plus a $20 usage fee to be paid during class. The class will cover equipment, castings, knots, flies, and where and when to fish. Students should wait to purchase any equipment until after the first class; equipment is covered in the first class. Students must supply their own fly-fishing gear. There are two field trips
Intermediate Fly Fishing will be held May 8 to June 5, on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. $80 is payable to YVCC at registration plus a $20 usage fee to be paid during the class. There will be two field trips. The class is a continuation of Beginning Fly Fishing or for those with some fly-fishing experience. It will cover what flies to use, when and where to fish, moving water, and still water. Students must supply their own fly-fishing gear.
Beginning Mountaineering will be held April 21 to June 28, on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. $15 is payable to YVCC at registration and a suggested donation of $150 to Central Washington Mountain Rescue, payable first evening of class. There are five evening classes at YVCC (April 21 to May 19, 2014). The rest will be taught onsite, outdoors. This course will cover basic equipment, risk and hazard evaluation, physiological needs of climbers, basic rock climbing through easy fifth class, how to set up a top rope system, safe methods of snow and glacier travel, and crevasse rescue techniques.
Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18. Required: general physical fitness (ability to carry a pack with overnight gear three miles uphill over uneven rocky and snowy terrain), personal gear such as pack and appropriate clothing, transportation to field sessions, reading from text, participation in class and field sessions, and a possible overnight.