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.