Have you ever wandered in the mountains? Nowadays it’s quite popular. All kinds of thrill-seekers and general public are looking for what our nature can offer as a means of proving something to someone (usually ourselves), relaxing, battling stress, new experiences, learning, and a thousand other reasons to go out there in the wild.
The Great Outdoors is full of surprises, difficulties and objectively – dangers. The risk of both severe and frequent injury associated with active recreation in mountain areas is real and everyone should consider it. Hundreds of people are dying each year because of lack of knowledge, little experience, bad preparation and other hazards found in the mountains.
In Switzerland and France for example, the total number of fatal accidents recorded during hiking, mountaineering and ski touring represents about half of all accidental deaths during the practice of any kind of sports. According to recent studies, in the USA, an average of three visitors accidentally die in natural parks every week, while 14 people are seriously injured.
This is quite concerning given that, because of the digitalization and global informational and travel access, there is a growing enthusiasm for outdoor sports and recreation worldwide. All these deaths and injuries have become a public health issue which deserved to be addressed seriously.
To enhance prevention, to enrich the outdoor experience for the beginner mountaineers and make it safer, we decided to create this online “school”. Here you will find MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on mountaineering and other outdoor sports. Although mountaineering is something you cannot learn only digitally, our goal is to provide specific and tailored knowledge to the up and comping outdoor enthusiast, in order to make their experiences safer and more enjoyable.
So we created a project – “Mountain MOOCers”, which was funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. Within it, we managed to participate in structured trainings and observe how mountaineering is practiced in some of the countries with the richest mountaineering culture and experience in Europe – France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia. Although this portal is not funded with funds from the project, all the info here, we created during these adventures – here we aim to share all the things we saw, we learned and experienced – with blog posts, with courses, with all the digital tools we can handle.
Our vision creating such content was to put in one place all the knowledge we gathered through the years as we researched the various topics related to mountaineering – we don’t pretend for greatness, for thoroughness or else – we just want to aid the beginners and all others in finding some knowledge, some solutions in a structured way.
How can you help?
- If you are an influencer, famous athlete or personality, related somehow to mountaineering – we’d love to see you share what you liked about the platform via social media or else.
- We’d love your feedback. Tell us what you liked and what we could improve – use the contact form, or some of the feedback forms in the courses.
- Please share any ideas you have to help us improve the course materials, any topics on which you’d love to read, people we should speak to, any PR intros or articles we should read, anything we need to get fixed / could do better; we would love to hear from you.
Have a look and enjoy safe and happy mountaineering!
“Research more, prepare more, enjoy more!” – there is our motto 😉
[…] We need peaks, in order to descend and learn the value of our dear things again. […]
Lyudmil Yankov, Legendary Bulgarian Alpinist
Because it’s a project-related blogpost, here is an important disclaimer 😊:
Project 2017-1-BG01-KA104-036129 “Mountain MOOCers”
This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union through the “Erasmus+” Programme. The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.