This course will introduce you to the skills required for moderate glacier travel and ascending alpine routes; involving both snow and ice. We have designed this course to be the perfect place to start if you want to climb Mt. Baker, one of the Pacific North West’s most iconic 10,000 foot peaks. Day 1 will be spent preparing for the three days in the mountains. On Day 2 you will be flown to a select location where you will camp for 2 nights and spend three days in the mountains, where we will cover basic mountaineering techniques, ice axe and crampon use, self-arrests, snow and glacier travel, rope skills, hazard assessment and crevasse rescue fundamentals. Those who partake in this course are usually avid hikers who aspire to go beyond the trails and head into the technical terrain that lays beyond. These four days will forever change your dreams and perception of the mountains and we are confident that you will be well on your way to becoming a mountaineer when you complete this course. You will learn the following takeaway skills from The Mountaineering Basics course, enabling you to expand your mountain objectives and head further afield:
– Trip planning, preparing for multi-day mountaineering objectives and understanding weather.
– Recognizing hazards, understanding terrain, and the skills required to avoid or manage risk.
– Navigation techniques including map, compass, altimeter and GPS use.
– Rope skills for glacier travel.
– Snow climbing techniques and equipment use.
– Technical equipment use and crevasse rescue fundamentals.
– Camping in sensitive environments with low impact and alpine travel best practices.