Alpinism 101-Intro to Glacier Travel

 

  • Dates: June 3-5, July 22-25, Aug 30-Sept 1
  • Duration:2-3 Days
  • Level: Beginner
  • Client Ratio: 4:1
  • Cost:
  • 2 Day – $595
  • 3 Day – $795
  • 4 Day – $995
  • 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.

 

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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.

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

Day 1 • Hike to Camp
Start time and location to be determined. Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Camp. Throughout the day our guides will begin to introduce basic mountaineering skills. (D)

Day 2 • Mountaineering Instruction • Climb to High Camp
Today is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. The course instruction includes snow climbing, use of ice axe and self rescue, crampon techniques, glacier travel and basic introduction on anchors and crevasse rescue. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics. Hike out by 4 to arrive back at your car by 6-7. (B)

Day 1 • Hike to Camp
Start time and location to be determined. Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Camp. Throughout the day our guides will begin to introduce basic mountaineering skills. (D)

Day 2 • Mountaineering Instruction • Climb to High Camp
Today is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. The course instruction includes snow climbing, use of ice axe and self rescue, crampon techniques, glacier travel and basic introduction on anchors and crevasse rescue. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics. Hike out by 4 to arrive back at your car by 6-7. (B)

Day 3 • Summit Day • Mountaineering Instruction
Summit day starts early. As we ascend the peak guides will continue to introduce the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make the climb. After reaching the summit we descend to camp. In the afternoon guides will continue instruction as time warrants, then we pack our gear and return to the trailhead. (B)

Day 1 • Hike to Camp
Start time and location to be determined. Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Camp. Throughout the day our guides will begin to introduce basic mountaineering skills. (D)

Day 2 • Mountaineering Instruction • Climb to High Camp
Today is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. The course instruction includes snow climbing, use of ice axe and self rescue, crampon techniques, glacier travel and basic introduction on anchors and crevasse rescue. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics. Depending on our location we have the option of moving to high camp. (B)(D)

Day 3 • Summit Day • Mountaineering Instruction
Summit day starts early. As we ascend the peak guides will continue to introduce the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make the climb. After reaching the summit we descend to camp. In the afternoon guides will continue instruction as time warrants. (B)(D)

Day 4 • Hike to Trailhead
After breakfast we pack our gear and return to the trailhead. (B)

Itinerary Notes: NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner