Intro to Mountain Climbing-The Weekend Edition:Alpinism 101
- Rock & Snow Dates:May 26-27; June 9-10;
- Sahale Dates:June 16-17
- Baker Dates: August 11-12
- Duration:6 Days
- Level: Beginner
- Client Ratio: 4:1
- Cost:– $1195
- 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.
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:
- 2 days of snow and rock climbing at Snoqualmie Pass covering basic knots, rope and movement skills.
- 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.
- 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 &, 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. (D)
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 . (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 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