• The Mountains of California

    2022 June 22, 23, 24, 25


    Mountain Passes, Survival Training, Expert Lectures



    Day 1

    Home to KTRK

    1400 - 1600 Arrive and Set Up Camp

    1800 Welcome and Hors D'ouvres

    1900 Dinner


    Day 2


    0630 Breakfast

    0800 Lectures and Discussions on the following topics:

    • The Mountain Environment
    • High Density Altitude Operations
    • High Altitude Physiology
    • Flying Mountain Passes
    • Spending the UNEXPECTED night out 
    1200 Lunch
    1300 - 1600 Pattern work and local flying operations.
    • High Density Altitude Operations
    • Pattern work in the mountains
    • High Altitude Maneuvering

    Day 3


    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

    1200 Lunch at South Lake

    1400 Depart for DEAD COW, Alpine Co, Sierraville, and back to base camp KTRK

    1830 Dinner

    Day 4

    KTRK to Home

    0800 Breakfast

    0830 Soar Truckee presents:

    • Forced Landings for Powered Pilots
    • Mountain Meteorology
    • Flying Off the Ridge

    0900 Glider flights

    1200 Depart for KSQL

    1400 Arrive at San Carlos Flight Center

    1430 Issue completion certificates

  • A Truly Unique Experience

    The purpose of these clinics is to teach an understanding of mountain meteorology, high altitude operations, high altitude physiology, and survival preparedness.


    We believe 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 of your education if you plan to fly in mountainous terrain.

    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
    • Harvesting the airplane
    • We will be operating at many mountain airports, such as: KTRK, KTVL, O22, M45, KBIH, O24, O79

    Suggested Packing List

    • Tent
    • Sleeping pad
    • Sleeping bag (2 if able, unless bag rated for 20F and using a sleeping pad)
    • 1-2 Canteen or water bottle
    • 4 pairs of socks
    • 3-4 T-shirts
    • 1-2 pair of shorts
    • 1-2 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
  • “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

  • Pricing

    Whether you join us in your own plane or rent one of ours, we will help pair you with an instructor to tailor the weekend to your needs. We pass through their fee directly.


    We provide the 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 BIOBIO Expeditions
    • Saturday workshops / Survival hike
    • Lectures by Jason Miller and Dr. Howard Donner

    Airplane Owners

    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 flying the mountains in your own aircraft. (Kids 12 and under free with owners.)


    $3950 Course fee

    $2000 Instructor fee


    Non flying guests $1250


    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 (expect around 4-6 hours of PIC time) and one 30-minute glider flight. Includes the weekend course, food, survival kit, glider flight, and everything other than the airplane, and fuel.


    $3950 Course fee + aircraft rental

    $2000 Instructor fee


    Non-flying guests $1250

  • Mountains Adventure Trip 2022

  • “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 than flying in a challenging and fun environment. That’s exactly what this course is all about.”


    Cuyler B

  • Mountain Adventure Video

    Videos from previous TFP Mountain Adventures courtesy of Flight Chops

    Take Off at 8,000 ft Density Altitude

    It's all about patience when trying to get off the ground with a high DA…

    Flying Ridges and Mountain Passes

    Good training and prep cuts risks

    Flying this close to jagged rocks is intimidating to say the least…

Airplane Camp