Alpine Ascents Mountaineering School

Choosing an Alpine Ascents Course:

Alpine Ascents offers a wide range of courses in an attempt to cater to each climber’s interests and personal desires. Many of the courses cover similar curriculum, but have nuances based on location, number of days and season. All programs (successfully completed) serve as a prerequisite for more advanced climbs such as Denali, Vinson, Aconcagua, Island Peak and Ecuador Volcanoes to name a few. Below please find a brief on each course each linked to the detailed web page:

Denali Preparation Course/Winter Mountaineering Course (Advanced Beginner or Beginner) Mt. Rainier. >>Details
This is a winter mountaineering course designed to introduce climbers to winter climbing and replicate conditions that one may find on cold weather climbs such as Denali.. Skills covered include pulling sleds, building snow structures, snow shoeing and glacier skills such as self-arrest and crevasse rescue. This course is recommended to those who are looking for an early season course (offered February - May) or for those who have some basic climbing skills and want to add winter training. This is a superb training program that generally does not offer a summit attempt, but a chance to climb on Rainier in the winter/spring. This course is also opportune for climbers looking to take on Denali later in the same season.

8 Day Mountaineering Course (Beginner) Mt. Rainier >>Details
This comprehensive course covers all aspects of glacier mountaineering with a chance to summit Mt. Rainier. This course takes place on the Emmons glacier (a lesser used route on Rainier) and may have a day of ice climbing, conditions permitting. Eight days of intensive training will give most students the skills needed to take on larger glaciated peaks such as Denali. This may be a better course for those who want the skills for Denali (or similar) and want the chance to summit Rainier, climb mid-season and learn skills in more favorable conditions than the Denali Prep course. (2:1 climber to guide on summit day). Climbing Rainier allows one to summit a peak over 14,000 feet.

10 Day Mountaineering Course (Beginner/ Advanced Beginner) North Cascades and Mt. Rainier. >>Details
Most comprehensive glacier course we offer in that those who successfully complete will have learned the gamut of basic skills and the chance to utilize those skills on two summit attempts. The second summit attempt is via the more technical Kautz glacier on Mt. Rainier. Join this course in excellent physical condition and walk away with a very strong skill set and excellent understanding of the rigors of climbing glaciated peaks. Along with the Eight Day and Denali Prep courses, this course is recommended for climbers preparing for Denali and similar peaks such as Antarctica’s Vinson. (This course is offered at a lower price than the Six Day and Kautz Climb done separately). Climbing Rainier allows one to summit a peak over 14,000 feet.

6 Day Mountaineering Course (Beginner) North Cascades: >>Details
Our tried and true course for the last 20 years, as we tackle glacier skills and attempt a summit of such peaks and Mt. Baker (The Ice King!) Shuksan or Eldorado. This is a chance to climb in Washington’s great range, The North Cascades and gain knowledge of basic mountaineering skills. This has been our standard prerequisite for many climbs such as Ecuador, Elbrus, and technical routes on Rainier. Our Six Day course also serves as an adequate prerequisite for Denali though for some, the longer courses such as the Denali Prep, Eight Day and 10 Day Course may be more suitable given the extra teaching days. The Six Day is an excellent value. Recommended for those who do not have 8-10 days for a training course or who are confident about learning the glacier climbing skills in six days. (Also good preparation for Aconcagua)

8 Day Alaska Mountaineering Course (Beginner) >>Details
Our Eight Day Alaska offers a chance to learn climbing skills under the shadow of Alaska’s “Great one” Denali. This is also a very comprehensive course, covering all basic mountaineering skills (self arrest, crevasse rescue, advanced glacier skills) and offers the chance to climb two peaks in the Alaska Range. This course is generally less demanding then our Washington State course (Rainier and North Cascades) as it does not require a long approach hike. This may be less appealing for those looking to test their physical conditioning.

12 Day Alaska Mountaineering Course (Beginner) >>Details
This course if often coupled with our Eight Day Alaska Course, adding four days for another summit attempt. After traveling all the way to Alaska, this is a nice way to get some extra climbing in, utilizing your newly learned skills.

13 Day Mountaineering Course (Beginner) North Cascades: >>Details
This course combines our Six Day Mountaineering Course with seven days of Alpine rock. We take three days to learn skills at a famed rock climbing area in Central Washington, then put the combined glacier and rock skills to the test on a mixed route climb (conditions to determine route). This course has a 3:1 climber to guide ratio and serves as a prerequisite. for many of our more advanced glacier climb climbs as well as Alpine Rock climbs such as the Matterhorn. This course is also excellent for those who plan to continue climbing in the vast North Cascades where mixed climbing routes are common.

3 Day Climb of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker (Beginner) >>Baker Details   >>Mt. Rainier Details
These summit climbs are also training courses and serve as a prerequisite for such climbs as Elbrus, Island Peak and Ecuador and Mexico Volcanoes.

Backpacker and Wilderness Navigation (Beginner) North Cascades or Olympic National Park >>Details
Designed for those who want some gear assessment, camping, cooking and hiking basics under their belt, before taking on one of our climbing courses.

Rock Climbing for Mountaineers (Beginner) Leavenworth Washington >>Details
This course focuses on developing Alpine Rock skills and assessing terrain to be used in alpine rock or mixed route climbing.

Intermediate Courses Alaska, Cascades, Rainier
These courses are designed for those who have mastered basic glacier climbing skills (usually a graduate of a beginner course) offering the chance to further develop skills with similarly skilled and fit climbers.

 

Course Catalog

Training Courses for the Beginner Climber:

Program

Experience Level

Prerequisites

Location

Beginner
For the beginner or
intermediate climber
Rainier
Beginner
For the beginner or
intermediate climber
Rainier
Beginner
For the beginner or
intermediate climber
Cascades
Beginner
For the beginner or
intermediate climber - 40lb. pack
Alaska
Beginner
Our 6-Day Cascades Training Course followed by
our 4-Day Kautz/Emmons Glacier Climb - 65lb. pack
Cascades
Rainier
Beginner
For the beginner or
intermediate climber
Alaska
Advanced Beginner
Our most intensive course
For the beginner or intermediate climber
Cascades
Beginner
For those who are new to
the outdoors and wilderness - 50lb. pack
Olympics
Beginner
For the beginner or
intermediate climber - Day pack
Cascades

Training Courses for the Intermediate Climber:

Intermediate
Open to those who have completed
a week-long mountaineering course
Cascades
Intermediate
Open to those who have completed
a week-long mountaineering course
Cascades
Intermediate
Open to those who have completed
a week-long mountaineering course
Alaska

Distinct Summit Climbs to Serve All Levels of Climbers:

Beginner
Open to any physically fit enthusiastic novice,
beginner or advanced beginner - 40lb. pack
Rainier
Beginner
Open to any physically fit enthusiastic novice,
beginner or advanced beginner
Baker
Beginner w/Skills
Open to advanced beginners. A prior glacier climb is required which entailed carrying a 65lb. pack. e.g:   3 Day Mount Baker Climb, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney
Rainier
Intermediate
Open to those who performed well on the Emmons Glacier Climb or have completed a week-long Mountaineering Course
Rainier

All Courses and Climbs require participants to carry a 65lb. pack unless otherwise noted.

Course by Location:

Washington - Alaska

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Level I Courses & Climbs
3 Day Mount Rainier Climb Our signature program. Beginner's Climb of Rainier.
8 Day Mount Rainier Mountaineering Course Complete Glacier Training. Introduction to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue.
Denali Preparation/Winter Mountaineering Prepare to climb Denali.
10 Day Mount Rainier/Cascades Mountaineering Course Comprehensive 6 Day Course followed by an ascent of Mount Rainier via the challenging Kautz Glacier Route
6 Day Mountaineering Our Most Popular Course. Introduction to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue.
13 Day Mountaineering Our Most Demanding Course. Alpine Mountaineering with Rock & Ice.
Backpacking/Wilderness Navigation For Newcomers to Wilderness Backpacking and Climbing.
Rock Climbing for Mountaineers  Introduction to Rock Climbing.
Mount Baker Summit Climb 3 Day beginner climb for those with some outdoor experience.

Level II Courses & Climbs
Mount Rainier Emmons Glacier Climb Four Day Climb for 3 Day Baker climbers or equivalent experience.
Mount Rainier Kautz Glacier Climb Four Day Climb for Level I Graduates or equivalent.
8 Day Intermediate Mountaineering Complex challenges for Level I Graduates.
Ice Climbing Further development in Ice Climbing for Level I Graduates.

Private Courses
Private guides for groups, individualized training and specific peaks can be arranged by calling our office. Private training provides a wonderful opportunity for personalized programs from beginning to advanced levels. Details

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Level I Courses
8 Day Mountaineering Our Most Popular Course. Introduction to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue in the wilds of the Alaska Range.
12 Day Mountaineering Intensive Introduction to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue in the Alaska Range.

Level II Courses
8 Day Intermediate Mountaineering Complex challenges for Level I Graduates in the Alaska Range.

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