An Introduction to Alpine Skills
Are you looking to summit non-technical peaks in the Cascades like Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, or South Sister? Then this course is for you! We take advantage of the heavy snowfall in winter to simulate alpine conditions at a more accessible elevation.
Learn the fundamentals of mountaineering in the Cascades, and the skills to stay safe and comfortable camping in Pacific Northwest winter conditions. This course does not teach glacier travel or how to lead a rope team, which is not necessary to summit the aforementioned peaks.
Your guides will teach you everything you need to know, no experience necessary.
Participants must be able to snowshoe up to 5 miles a day up moderate inclines while carrying a 40lb (or heavier) pack.
What do I Need to Bring?
A full packing list will be provided after booking.
We depart from our office at 121 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060. Note, our office entrance is located below and behind the storefronts in downtown Troutdale. Turn left off the main street immediately after the "Gateway to the Gorge" arch to access the lower parking lot.
Please contact us if you would like to meet your guides at the trailhead on Mt. Hood.
Please review our cancellation policy before booking your trip. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your trip cost.