Rock Climbing For Mountaineers


The program was everything I expected and more! I received and learned the information I was looking for and more. My guide really made this the course the most informative program I have ever attended. I have been with other groups and all I have to say is that every guide who I have met through Alpine Ascents is genuine and professional and a pleasure to be around. I can't say that for the others. - Cary M.

Course Overview
Rock climbing and glacier climbing are the two core skills necessary for comprehensive alpine climbing. When approaching challenging mountains, the ability to navigate mixed terrain is imperative. Whether one has an existing background in glacier climbing, sport or gym climbing, or is an avid hiker, this rock course will change the way you view and assess variable terrain. This comprehensive five-day program provides the foundation for alpine climbing at all levels.

The vast majority of great mountain climbs require diverse talents to reach the summit. The success of a climbing team often revolves around each member's ability to move efficiently from one type of terrain and skill set to another. Crossing sections of rock to reach the summit, getting on and off glaciers with a heavy pack, and traveling with heavy packs through boulder fields or short rock sections on the lower reaches of the peaks - all are essential skills requiring a sound foundation in rock climbing. Graduates of this program will be able to handle each of the aforementioned skills and will become better mountaineers. One of the more frequent comments we receive on this course is how much fun it is, students are consistently surprised by what a fun and enjoyable time they have while taking this course.

Course Locations
Exit 38; Vantage; Mt. Erie; or Icicle Creek Canyon in Leavenworth, WA

Course Objectives
The purpose of this course is to teach movement techniques required to climb technical rock routes. It includes evaluation and management of top rope sites, and teaches the building of sound top rope anchors. Understanding these concepts will improve a climber's general mountaineering skill in a variety of ways.

Some key components of the course are:

Learning balance and energy efficiency in rock climbing, which translates to greater comfort and control on every type of hiking and mountaineering terrain.

Evaluating top rope sites and establishing top rope climbs, to help the climber "see" the route, how it will unfold, and to manage potential problems.

Building anchors to help the climber understand protection placement and the forces that affect those placements - which is essential to becoming a safe climber and fully understanding more complex skills.

Complex rock rescue - escaping belay and passing knots.

Physical Conditioning
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition is required. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Multiple sessions at a rock gym will prove very valuable when preparing for this course. Comprehensive training information can be found here.

Environmental Responsibility
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.

Environmental stewardship remains one of our core values, and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs, we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.

Our commitment to environmental stewardship can be seen on our programs around the world. Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua and Mount Vinson, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.

Private Groups
We regularly organize private climbs for individuals, corporate groups, families and friends. We encourage you to book these climbs early, to help us be better able to fit these climbs to group-specific desires. Contact us to further discuss the benefits of private courses.

Alpine Ascents International is an Equal Opportunity recreation provider under the Special Use Permit from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanogan National Forest, Wenatchee National Forest, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park.

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