Alpinism 102 – Ice Climbing Course Alpine Style

  • Dates: July 25-29; August 8-13, Sept 5-9
  • Duration:5 days w/summit climb-4 days no summit climb
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Client Ratio: 2:1
  • Cost:–With summit climb – $1050
    No summit climb – $695
  • 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.


This intensive training program develops the skills necessary to lead on complex alpine ice terrain culminates with an ascent of a technical route such as the North Ridge or Coleman Headwall on Mount Baker. This course serves as a solid foundation for alpine ice climbing and allows for participation in follow-up climbs on advanced climbs in South America, Alaska, and the Himalayas.

  • Ice axe positioning and proper application of all axe positions for climbing moderate and steep snow and ice
  • Snow and ice anchor placement, construction, and equalization
  • Lead climbing techniques, intermediate protection, and multi-pitch ice climbing
  • Crampon usage and techniques: French, German, and American techniques
  • Roped glacier travel, rope team management, route finding, and crevasse navigation
  • Crevasse self rescue (prussiking) and team crevasse rescue scenarios
  • Navigation using map, compass, and altimeter
  • Hazard assessment discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards, avalanche danger, crevasse fall, rock and ice fall.
  • Discussions will include survival in the high mountains, mountain weather, alpine ecology, and Leave No Trace ethics.
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