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.

 

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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.