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Intro to Alpine Skills Weekend
March 19 - March 20
2 weekend days of an introduction to alpine skills!
This weekend will start on Friday evening to go over some soft skills and gear prep, and then we’ll meet up on Saturday morning to head to the mountains where we will cover a variety of alpine techniques on the slopes of Mt. St. Helen’s. We will set up an overnight winter camp on Mt St. Helen’s, allowing for two days of skills building and a night of winter camping. This fun weekend of training will prepare you for basic snow/glacier climbs and surviving snow covered alpine hiking trails. Fundamentals taught will covering choosing optimum routes on a glacier climb; how to stay out of crevasses; and, failing that, how to get out of a crevasse. We also cover how to rig a sled and rope-up for expedition style travel on glaciers. Further topics and skills experienced include:
- Ice axe self-belay and self-arrest techniques
- Snow travel techniques
- Snow anchors and belaying
- Roped travel
- Knots for snow climbing
- Clothing and equipment for snow climbing
- Glaciers and how to read them
- Roped travel on glaciers
- Rigging sleds
- Crevasse rescue techniques
- Pulley Systems
- Winter camping
Price: $500 p/person
(need a minimum 4 student for trip to run)
Price includes transportation to the mountains and the following gear: tents, stoves, snowshoes, ice axes, trekking poles, ropes, sleds, harnesses, helmets and crampons.
OPTIONAL For this session (additional $20), is membership to the Wilderness Education Association, and student will receive and Outdoor Enthusiast Certificate upon completion of the weekend (please let us know about your interest before we start the training).
Students are expected to be in reasonable physical condition and prepared for full days of working in cold weather and camping on the snow.
Class time will run late into Sunday, expect to return home late Sunday night.
The course has a list of required equipment; get the complete list at the time of signup, but note that all participants must have among other things boots, winter weight sleeping bag, suitable clothing for climbing and camping in the snow. All boots used in the class must be approved