In this 2 day course, you will learn and apply the basics of mountaineering. Day 1 will be a skills day and day 2 we will climb a mountaineering objective and put what you learned to work!
Minimum Eligibility Criteria: No experience necessary
Length: Day 1 -Skills day 8am-4pm
Day 2- Climbing day 5am-3pm
Maximum Ratio: 6 participants, 1 guide
Minimum Age: Under 18 will need written consent from parent/guardian
- Personal gear selection for mountaineering
- Use of crampons and ice axe
- Minimum-impact travel techniques
- Efficient movement on moderate rock and snow covered terrain
- Knots, belaying, simple anchors, and stance management
- Risk awareness and avoidance techniques
- Technical ascent
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- AMGA Trained/Certified Guide/Instructor
- Group Climbing Equipment
- Technical Hardware – carabiners, protection, belay device, etc
- Technical Softgoods – slings, cordelette, anchor rope, etc
- Personal Climbing Equipment
- Climbing Shoes
Does Not Include:
- Trip/cancellation Insurance
- Non-technical Personal Items – clothing, pack, sunglasses, etc
- Rescue Insurance
- Park Entrance Fees (if applicable)
- Guide Gratuity
- Unforeseen costs incurred outside of the control of SAI
- Underwear – Wool or synthetic
- Socks – Wool or synthetic. Some people like a thinner wool sock with liners.
- T-shirt – Synthetic, quick-drying
- Lightweight Fleece Shirt
- Softshell Jacket
- Softshell Pants
- Shell Pants – Waterproof, breathable pants with a full-length side-zipper for putting on over boots when the weather gets severe. Gore-Tex is one such material used by many manufacturers.
- Shell jacket – Requires a helmet-compatible hood.
- Insulated jacket – Required, with a helmet-compatible hood and either down or Primaloft insulation.
- Light-weight Gloves – Windproof gloves, for warmer conditions.
- Medium-weight Gloves – Lightly insulated.
- Heavy-weight waterproof Gloves – For example, Black Diamond Guide Glove
- Warm Hat – Wool or synthetic, and snug enough to wear under a helmet.
- Buff, or Balaclava – Protection from wind, cold and sun.
- Sun Hat – The more coverage the better.
- Gaiters – For soft, slushy snow conditions.
- Lunch/Snacks – 1 lb per day of a variety of tasty, high energy foods
- Water Bottles – Two liter total capacity
- Sunglasses or Glacier Glasses – Should be high-quality, dark, large and fit snugly or have side-shields.
- Ski Goggles – Clear or light in color, in case of blowing snow.
- Sun Block – SPF 30 or higher
- Lip Balm – SPF 15 or higher
- Toilet Paper – Just in case! Blue bags will be available at most trailheads.
- Headlamp – For alpine starts
- Personal First Aid Kit – Moleskin, ibuprofen, aspirin, antacids, personal prescriptions, band-aids
- Climbing Pack – 25-45 liter.
- Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets – optional
TECHNICAL GEAR – (SAI CAN PROVIDE ALL TECHNICAL GEAR AT NO EXTRA COST)
- Mountaineering boots – Full-shank, insulated, waterproof mountaineering boots.
- Crampons – 10 or 12-point, steel crampons.
- Ice Axe – 50 to 65cm long.
- Climbing Harness – Alpine-style preferred.
- Carabiners – 1 non-locking, 1 locking
- Climbing Helmet
Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.
Q:What am I responsible to bring?
A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment.
Q:How fit should I be for my course?
A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end. While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.
Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?
A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.
Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?
A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages. For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course.
Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?
A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family.
Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?
A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us.
Q: Do you offer lodging options?
A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!
Please review our cancellation policy here.
Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.