1 Day Mountaineering Fundamentals
Our one-day fundamentals course teaches basic skills essential for mountaineering. Successful completion of the course fulfills the prerequisites for our 4-Day Emmons Climb of Mount Rainier. Participants can expect a full day of learning and practicing snow climbing techniques which include ascending and descending steep snow slopes, cramponing, ice axe use, and self-arrest.
The training takes place on the beautiful slopes near the Lower Nisqually Glacier of Mount Rainier, originally named “təqʷuʔməʔ” (Taquoma), about an hour hike from the Paradise Visitor Center. We start by working on walking techniques for moving safely and efficiently over snowy and icy slopes. Good footwork, balance, and rest techniques are invaluable skills that you will use in all future mountaineering endeavors. Guides then dive into instruction on ice axe use and how to self-arrest. Students will take the afternoon to practice a variety of skills from self arrest to running protection and steep snow ascending and descending. This fundamentals day provides a fantastic overview or refresher of basic mountaineering skills to develop a solid foundation to take with you into the mountains.
This program is ideal for novice climbers seeking to learn the fundamentals of mountaineering and gain confidence traveling on glaciers and steep snow slopes. It’s also a great course for those who have taken a prolonged break from mountaineering and would like to refresh skills before a climb.
• Mountaineering footwork on snow
•Ice Axe Skills (Delete Basic)
•Rope team travel
•Glacier travel rope configuration
•Ascending and Descending Steep Snow Slope
This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.
Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guideby Mike Gauthier, Bruce Barcott, Mountaineers Books
Glacier Travel & Crevasse RescueAndy Selters, Mountaineers Books
The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse RescueAndy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine
Mountaineering: Freedom of the HillsDon Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books
Very well organized from the beginning when I first contacted the office through the climb itself. The office staff helped me choose the best possible climb for my interest and ability and the written materials I received were completed and helped my choose my gear correctly, which can be confusing for a beginning climber. Your […]