There are 2 assignments that must be completed prior to each module. Each assignment requires approximately 30-40 hours of self-study/research time for completion. There is one mandatory textbook and each student is responsible for his/her own personal gear (harness, belay device, prusiks, climbing/mountaineering foot ware, crampons, axe, helmet, skis with touring bindings, skins, ski touring boots (or telemarking equipment if capable), avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, compass.