Our Denali Prep, 6-Day, 8-Day, and 10-Day Courses all serve as the needed skill prerequisite for Denali. Most climbers attend a course and make 1-2 additional summit attempts before joining a Denali climb.
The Denali Prep/Winter Mountaineering course is specifically designed for those who want to embrace the challenges of climbing Denali and/or develop winter mountaineering skills in extreme conditions. It offers comprehensive training to prepare for the challenge of The Great One. We are fortunate to have the best training area in the lower 48 states to simulate the conditions found on Denali. Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft.) during the late winter early spring months provides similar conditions as those found on Denali.
Throughout this extremely rigorous course, we encounter numerous challenges (closely matching those found on Denali and other similar "big" mountains) in an effort to develop highly aware, knowledgeable and competent expedition climbers. Hands-on experience in all.phpects of expedition climbing will be covered.
Note: Early spring conditions often present high avalanche conditions or inclement weather. In such cases, low traverses around the mountain will be undertaken instead of summit attempts. Often the overall experience is enhanced by experiencing and evaluating these conditions, rather than focusing on the summit as a goal. Generally, weather prevents summit attempts during early-season courses.
Develop cold weather survival skills.
As conditions permit we look to cover all technical snow climbing skills necessary for winter mountaineering and climbing Denali.
Discuss climbing at high altitudes and proper acclimatization processes.
This course has been successfully used as a training ground for skilled adventurers, rangers, law enforcement, fire fighters, military, stunt people and many others who require climbing skills as part of their career.
PREREQUISITES - 60 Pound Pack Required
Climbing Skill Level
This course is designed for the beginner or intermediate climber who wishes to develop strong fundamental skills in all.phpects of snow and glacier climbing. This course serves as a prerequisite for many of Alpine Ascents' intermediate-level climbs and is a stepping stone for more technically difficult mountains. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is recommended.
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 60lbs or more and make 4,000 foot elevation gains. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
This is an extremely rigorous eight days and being in strong physical condition is mandatory. Please note, the guide retains the right, at any point, to determine whether a climber is sufficiently fit to continue the climb.