Alpinism 101-Intro to Glacier Travel

Alpinism 101-Intro to Glacier Travel

  • Dates: June 13-15, July 25-27, Aug 30-Sept 1
  • Duration: 2-3 Days
  • Level: Beginner
  • Client Ratio: 4:1
  • Cost:
    • 2 Day – $375
    • 3 Day – $595
  • Included: Park fees, group climbing equipment, and guide services. *(meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits and personal climbing equipment rentals available)
  • Not Included: Ground transportation airfare, transportation within Seattle, hotel accommodations, restaurant meals, gratuities for guides, all meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, and all personal items.

Your dream to learn to climb meets the challenge we all face, lack of time. Weekends provide everyone 2 days to accomplish these goals. Alpinism 101 begins our weekend alpine education program with instruction on glacial travel. We teach the skills and philosophy of fast and light alpine climbing in the rugged, glaciated North Cascades for climbers interested in developing their ability to climb in mixed terrain. The topics taught include: rock snow & ice climbing techniques, equipment choice, anchor systems and self-rescue techniques.

With the addition of 1-2 days this intensive training program will include summit attempts ascents of Mount Baker, Shuksan, Sahale or Eldorado. This course is perfect training for Rainier and high altitude peaks that prepare your for your own personal ascent goals.

Learning Goals:
• Knots and anchors
• Snow and ice anchor placement, construction, and equalization
• Ice axe application for climbing moderate  snow and ice
• Ropes usage in glacier travel team management,
• Crampon usage and techniques: French and American techniques
• Crevasse rescue
• Route finding, and crevasse navigation and trip planning techniques
• Hazard assessment of: objective vs. subjective hazards
• Discussions on mountain weather, alpine ecology, Leave No Trace ethics, and moving fast and light – balancing speed with safety.

We keep the course small to facilitate a better learning environment. This course is the baseline for all our bigger climbs and more advanced courses. For new climbers looking to be independent, this program offers self-rescues skill necessary to manage the risks of a crevasse fall in the high alpine of the Cascades.