• The Mountains of California

    2020 June 25 - 28


    Mountain Passes, Survival Training, Expert Lectures

  • Itinerary

    This course is designed to build confidence flying normal category

    airplanes in and out of high altitude airports.

    You will learn how to fly mountain passes, operate in high density altitudes,

    contingency planning, and survival skills.


    Join us this summer as we explore the passes.

    We'll be departing and landing at various mountain airports,

    flying over rugged and remote terrain, landing at dead cow dry lake bed,

    and learning about high altitude operations.

    Day 1

    San Carlos to Truckee, CA


    1000 Meet at San Carlos Flight Center to brief the 2 hour flight to the Lake Tahoe area

    1200 Touring the lake, Desolation Wilderness area, Squaw Valley and landing KTRK

    1230 Set up camp / Lunch

    1300 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 

    1530 Evening pattern work at KTRK

    1900 Dinner

    2030 Wheels down for the night

    Day 2

    Truckee and Sierra Mtns


    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 KBIH

    1400 Depart for Mono Lake, Alpine Co, Sierraville, and back to base camp KTRK

    1830 Dinner

    Day 3

    Truckee to San Carlos, California


    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

    $1500 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 a late model G1000 Cessna 182s (expect around 4-6 hours of PIC time) and one 30 minute glider flight. There are no hidden costs here. Includes the weekend course, the airplane, and fuel.


    $5950 Course fee, aircraft rental

    $1500 Instructor fee


    Non flying guests $1250

  • Mountains Adventure Trip 2020

    Place a deposit to reserve your spot.

  • “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…

Adventure Trips
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