• The Mountains of California

    2024 June 20, 21, 22, 23


    Fly Mountain Passes, Get Survival Training, Learn From Expert Lectures



    What This Course Is All About ...

    It's the ultimate "mountain checkout". It's about epic mountain flying, high-density altitude operations, and contingency planning. We will leave you confident flying your normal category airplane into mountain airports like Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Aspen, and others with your family in the summertime. It's a family-friendly trip and it was a 6-year-old who took a look at it one year and said,


    "I get it, it's airplane camp for adults". And that's exactly what it is!


    Camp activities such as signal mirrors, fire starting, contingency planning, and survival skills leave you well-prepared for safe mountain flying in any environment.


    Space is limited so don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to master mountain flying with the best in the business!



  • A Truly Unique Experience


    Many folks put together "fly-out trips" or "camping trips for pilots" but there is nothing like what we've done, here, in the Sierra Nevada mountains since 2011. We bring together expert pilots, gourmet camp chefs, and survival experts for a 3-day mountain checkout that is incomparable to anything else. We know that by immersing you in the environment and surrounding you with decades of experience you will learn as much as absolutely possible about the art and science of flying in the mountains safely. We believe an emphasis on survival planning is an important factor in your education if you plan to fly in mountainous terrain. Every pilot who attends our trip will get a custom survival kit designed by Dr. Howard Donner to keep in their airplane.


    Don't miss your chance to improve your flying skills while exploring the stunning scenery of the Sierra Nevada. Enroll now in our adventure training course and prepare for the ultimate aviation adventure!

    The course fee includes sessions by some of the world's top lecturers on the following topics:

    • High-Density Altitude Operations
    • High Altitude Physiology
    • Mountain Meteorology
    • Flying Mountain Passes
    • Unimproved Field Operations
    • ELTs, PLBs, and Other Tracking Devices
    • What's Important In a Survival Kit
    • Post-crash Survival
    • We will be operating at many mountain airports, such as KTRK, KTVL, O22, M45, KBIH, O24, O79


    Suggested Packing List

    • Tent
    • Sleeping pad
    • 2 Sleeping bags (unless the bag is rated for 20F and using a sleeping pad)
    • 1-2 Canteen or water bottle
    • 4 pairs of socks
    • 5 T-shirts
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • 2 pairs of long pants
    • 1 comfortable outfit (sweat pants, long underwear, flannel, etc. for campground)
    • Towel
    • Sandals or slippers
    • Shoes good for flying and light hiking
    • Toiletries


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    Day 1

    Arrive At Base Camp South Lake Tahoe

    We arrive in the afternoon to get base camp setup, get to know each other, and get prepared to hit the ground running on Friday morning.


    1400 - 1600 Arrive at Base Camp and Settle In


    1700 Welcome to The Mountain Environment


    1800 Appetizers and Drinks


    1900 Dinner Provided by Sierra Nevada Camp Chef


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    Day 2

    Learn The Challenges Of The Mountain Environment

    0630 Breakfast


    0800 Lectures and Discussions on the following topics: 

    • High Density Altitude Operations
    • High Altitude Physiology
    • Flying Mountain Passes
    • Mountain Meteorology
    • Spending the UNEXPECTED Night Out
    • What's In a Survival Vest?

    1200 - 1500 Pattern work and local flying operations.


    1700 Appetizer and Drinks

    1900 Dinner

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    Day 3

    Explore The Sierra Nevada

    0630 Breakfast


    0730 Preflight Briefing


    0800 Wheels up for a morning of mountain passes and an afternoon of mountain strips. To include:

    • Carson Pass
    • Ebbets Pass
    • Sonora Pass
    • Buckeye Pass
    • Tioga Pass
    • Dead Cow
    • Alpine Co
    • Sierraville

    1700 Appetizer and Drinks


    1900 Dinner

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    Day 4

    Camp Activities And Bon Voyage

    0800 Breakfast


    0830 Howard Donner presents:


    • Starting Fires
    • Personal Locator Beacons
    • Signal Mirrors


    1200 Certificates of Completion and Departure


    We know that many people will have a long travel day home on Sunday so we will be sure to wrap up and issue certificates of completion by noon on Sunday.


  • Don't Take Our Word For It ...

    “The adventure trips are a great way to meet exceptional people who love flying and sharing what they have learned as pilots. This is where you can really get an appreciation for the 'finer points of flying' specific to the areas and various settings offered by the adventure trips.”

    Samuel Beaulieu

  • See It In Video

    Videos from previous TFP Mountain Adventures courtesy of Flight Chops

    Take Off at 8,000 ft Density Altitude

    Flying Ridges and Mountain Passes

  • “The Mountain Flying course put on by Jason and the team at The Finer Points is something every pilot should check out if he/she is serious about raising the level of their flying ability. I left the course with a newfound confidence in handling high-altitude airstrips, mountain passes, weather phenomena, survival skills, and the real-life experience of taking off on a short strip under high-density altitude conditions. Most importantly though, the course is FUN. As aviators, we can’t ask for much more than flying in a challenging and fun environment. That’s exactly what this course is all about.”


    Cuyler B

  • Pricing

    Whether you join us on your own plane or rent one of ours, we will help pair you with an instructor to tailor the weekend to your needs!


    We provide a learning environment for you to get the most out of your weekend adventure in the mountains.

    • Camping arrangements
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food by Sierra Nevada Camp Chefs
    • Friday and Sunday workshops
    • Lectures by Jason Miller, Dr. Howard Donner, Peter Lert, and Eric Cope

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    Fly with us in your aircraft. We help partner you with an experienced mountain flying instructor.

    If you own an airplane, we will help connect you with an experienced dedicated instructor for your airplane to train you to fly the mountains in your own aircraft. (Kids 12 and under free with owners.)


    $3950 Course fee

    $2000 Instructor fee


    Non-flying guests $1250

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    Fly with us in a rented aircraft. We help pair you with an experienced flight instructor.

    Let us take care of everything. You will have a spot in one of our airplanes! Includes the weekend course, food, survival kit, and everything other than the airplane, and fuel.


    $3950 Course fee + aircraft rental

    $2000 Instructor fee


    Non-flying guests $1250