Intro to Alpine Rock Climbing

  • Dates: Custom, call or email for availability
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Level: Beginner
  • Client Ratio: 2:1
  • Cost:–Per Person based on 2 people per trip
  • 3 Day – $995
  • Included:Park fees, group climbing equipment, and guide services.
  • 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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Take your rock climbing to the summit! Build your bucket list with these amazing peaks and the classic routes that ascend them;

  • The Tooth 5.4
  • Vespers Peak 5.7-8
  • Sharkfin 5.5
  • Forbidden 5.6
  • Mix Up 5.5
  • Triumph 5.7
  • Black Peak 5.4

Previous experience should include rock climbing routes up to 5;7-8. Climb with your partner to learn how to manage your ropes, climbing technique and time spent on alpine towers to go back out and explore the vast Cascades and other great ranges in the West such as the Sierra, Tetons and beyond. This course also serves as Matterhorn Prep.


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

  • Climbing Helmet: Lightweight
  • Rock Climbing Harness: Padded and adjustable.
  • Belay Device: Tube style belay device ie .BD Guide ATC
  • Cord: 6 mm, 21 feet
  • Nylon Slings: (1) 60 cm nylon sling, (1) 120 cm nylon sling
  • 4 Locking carabiners 2-Large, pear-shaped carabiners; 2- Medium pear-shaped, screw gate locking carabiners.
  • 2 Regular carabiners (e.g. Wire-gate are recommended)
  • Ice Axe Lightweight Under 5’7” use 60cm, 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm,
  • 3 Season mountaineering boots (Must be crampon compatible)
  • Crampons with anti-ball plate,
  • Adjustable trekking poles- optional

Upper Body

  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Long sleeve polypropylene shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days
  • Sports bras Two, synthetic, no cotton!
  • Soft Shell with hood
  • Mid-Weight Down/Synthetic Jacket (with hood)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  • 1 Pair light leather palmed gloves for warmth and rappelling
  • 1 Pair warm gloves – insulated
  • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
  • Buff or Balaclava
  • Shade hat or baseball cap

Lower Body

  • 2 Pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
  • 1 Pair lightweight long underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
  • 1 Pair soft shell pants Schoeller fabrics
  • 1 Pair nylon shorts For July/Aug, running shorts or other quick-drying type, not cotton!
  • Gaiters Make sure they will fit over your boots.


  • Internal frame pack 2000 cubic inch capacity

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • 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)

Day 1

  • Knots, belay techniques, protection, anchors
  • Roped climbing, face and crack climbing techniques
  • Rappelling


  • Rappelling and anchor building
  • Multipitch Route


  • Alpine Rock Route options include:
    • The Tooth, Vespers Peak, etc..