Intro to Mountain Climbing-The Weekend Edition:Alpinism 101

  • Rock & Snow Dates:Custom;
  • Sahale Dates: Custom
  • Baker Dates: Custom
  • Duration:6 Days
  • Level: Beginner
  • Client Ratio: 4:1
  • Cost:– $1295
  • 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, meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, and all personal items.

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Intro to Mountain Climbing – The Weekend Edition is designed with the busy person who does not have enough vacation time to give up for their alpine education. Our Weekend Alpinism 101 begins with:

  1. 2 days of snow and rock climbing at Snoqualmie Pass covering basic knots, rope and movement skills.
  2. The next weekend alpine instruction covers glacial travel up in Boston Basin and offers a chance to summit Sahale Mountain to develop the ability to climb in mixed terrain.
  3. The third weekend takes us to Baker we learn crevasse rescue skills and incorporate the philosophy of fast and light alpine climbing in the rugged, glaciated North Cascades. The topics taught include: rock, snow &amp, ice climbing techniques, equipment choice, anchor systems and self-rescue techniques.

We keep the Intro to Mountain Climbing-The Weekend Edition 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-rescue skills 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 • Rock Instruction@ Exit 38
Arrive at 8 AM at Exit 38. Our 10 minute approach allows us to introduce knots, belaying, rappelling and fundamental rock movement skills in preparation for our mixed mountaineering weekend.

Day 2 • Mountaineering Instruction@ Snoqualmie Pass
Today is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. Today’s instruction focuses on: 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 .

Day 1 • Hike to Camp-Mountaineering Instruction
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 mountaineering skills:crampon techniques, glacier travel and basic introduction on anchors and crevasse rescue. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics. We will enjoy a big dinner and prepare for our summit attempt. (B)

Day 2 • 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 Mountaineering Instruction
Start time and location to be determined. Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Camp. Throughout the day our guides will review basic mountaineering skills.introduction on anchors and crevasse rescue.(D)

Day 2 •   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 warrant and return to the trailhead. (B)

Itinerary Notes: BCAG 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

MULTI-DAY ALPINE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT LIST

Our recommended clothing system has four layers.

  • Base layer: manages moisture and wicks perspiration away from your skin. (synthetic or merino wool)
  • Softshell: should be a durable, comfortable, insulating and wind/water resistant layer that breathes well.
  • Hard shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable.  (e.g. Gore-Tex, or similar)
  • Insulating layer: should be down-fill or synthetic-fill and fit over all layers. (e.g. down, primaloft or polarguard)

These four layers are usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder bring one extra medium-layer that would be ideal for extra warmth around camp, such as a vest. When deciding what to pack, remember to bring enough clothes and accessories to ensure your safety and comfort, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably won’t use.

Climbing Gear

  • Adjustable Ski Poles
  • Alpine Climbing boots Full shank crampon compatible leather, synthetic, or hybrid boot depending on climb and season.Single-weight synthetic/leather mountaineering boots are adequate for mid and late-summer climbs on Mount Baker and in the North Cascades when conditions are expected to be dry.
  • Alpine climbing harness  Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing and can be put on with ski boots
  • Ice Axe – Lightweight
  • Crampons with anti-ball plate * Must be fit to boots prior to trip,
  • Climbing/ski helmet * Adjustable, should fit with hat on
  • Crevasse Rescue Equipment Kit*:
    • 4 locking carabiners –  2 Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended and 2 smaller locking screwgate
    • 4 regular carabiners (e.g. small wire gate are recommended)
    • 1 double length sling
    • 1 single length sling
    • ! Cordelette 6 mil 18-20’(6-7 meters)
    • 1 12” Prussik or Hollow Block*
    • 1 Microtraxion & Tibloc*

Upper Body

  • 1 synthetic T-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve Sun Hoodie or shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days
  • 2 synthetic sports bras*(WOMEN)
  • 1 soft shell jacket
  • 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
  • 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
  • 1 pair lightweight gloves
  • 1 pair warm waterproof gloves
  • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
  • Balaclava/Buff
  • Shade hat or Visor

Lower Body

  • 2 pair med- heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
  • 1 pair lightweight long underwear
  • 1-2 pairs of underwear boxers/briefs
  • Softshell pants 
  • Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag Rated to at least 20º F. Line the stuff sack w/ plastic bag.
  • Sleeping pad 1 closed cell foam and/or Neo-Air for extra warmth and comfort.

Backpack

  • Internal frame pack 3500-4500 cubic inch capacity able to carry snowboard/skis

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • Goggles and Sunglasses 100% UV protection with side shields or wrap around.
  • Personal first aid repair kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, and batteries etc.
  • Lip balm At least SPF 20
  • Sunscreen At least SPF 40
  • Headlamp lightweight LED
  • 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
  • Hydration bladder With drinking tube and 1 Nalgene bottle
  • Bowl and spoon Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
  • Toiletry kit Be sure to include WAG Bag or toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
  • Bandana
  • Hand wipes
  • Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)