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Alpine Skills Weekend with Winter Camping
March 17 - March 18| $500
This course will cover a variety of alpine techniques and skill building, along with a night of winter camping, over the course of two days on the slopes of Mt. St Helens. This fun weekend of training will prepare you for basic snow/glacier climbs or snow covered alpine hiking trails. We will cover choosing optimum routes on a glacier climb, how avoid crevasses, and crevasse rescue. We will also cover how to rig a sled and rope-up for expedition style travel on glaciers.
Further topics and skills 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
• Rigging sleds
• Crevasse rescue techniques
• Pulley Systems
• Winter camping
Price includes transportation to the mountains, dinner, and the following gear: tents, stoves, snowshoes, ice axes, trekking poles, ropes, sleds, harnesses, helmets and crampons.
Students are expected to be in reasonable physical condition and prepared for 2 full days of working in cold weather and camping on the snow. Expect to return late Sunday night.
You will receive an email with a complete gear list at signup, but note that all participants must have waterproof boots, winter weight sleeping bag, and suitable clothing for climbing and camping in the snow. All boots used in the class must be approved.