West Ridge of Forbidden Peak
Forbidden Peak is one of the crown jewels of the region and lies in the heart of the North Cascades. Stunning glacier vistas, solid rock, and the sheer majesty and position of the peak combine to make this a truly memorable ascent. The aesthetic West Ridge, made famous by its inclusion in Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, stands as one of the most coveted mountaineering objectives in the lower 48. After a short, but demanding approach hike, climbers will utilize steep snow climbing skills and put their rock climbing prowess to the test on this airy summit climb.
With a 2:1 climber-to-guide ratio, we offer a personal experience and hands-on training with an experienced guide team. This climb will teach climbers how to move quickly and efficiently through moderately technical terrain (rock and snow/ice) and improve rock climbing and steep snow movement skills. We will also review belaying, rappelling, knots, and rope management prior to the start of the climb.
This climb of the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak combined with the Intro to Alpine Rock Climbing is an outstanding Matterhorn Prep Course and highly recommended for those that can make the time.
Maximum team size: Two climbers with 1 guide.
TENTS EQUIPMENT & MEALS
Provided: All group climbing equipment: climbing ropes and technical hardware; meals and tents.
Not provided: Personal equipment. You are responsible for all items on the gear list. Transportation is not provided for this climb. Climbers will need to provide transportation to the trailhead.
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I was very impressed and satisfied with the expedition. Compared to other guiding companies on Aconcagua, Alpine Ascents seemed to have better food, better/longer acclimatization process, more flexibility in schedule, and the only group to have a permanent base camp at a great location.