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Max. class size: 6

All guides auxiliary and group climbing gear, use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, all group camping gear: tents, stove, fuel cook kit and 1 mountain dinner.

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

Winter Mountaineering

Winter Mountaineering     3 Day

This winter climbing course based from our Training Center at Donner Pass gives us excellent access to one day of training, then a 2-day overnight climb. During this three-day seminar we'll cover important snow climbing skills that will evolve to steeper ice. We will practice climbing roped together and simulate glacier travel and crevasse rescue. We'll finish the course with a climb of a neighboring peak from a snow-camp bivouac. If you are planning a big climb to a great range, winter training in the Sierra is a great way to develop your skills.

Skills covered will include:
  • Trip planning and preparation
  • Equipment selection
  • Packing technique
  • Travel technique
  • Use of transceiver, probe and shovel
  • Avalanche and hazards assessment
  • Climbing skills with ice axe and crampons
  • Climbing skills with harness and rope
  • Various belay anchors and belaying methods
  • Rope time configurations appropriate to the situation
  • Intro to navigation with map, compass and altimeter
  • Campsite selection and construction
  • Meal preparation, nutrition and hydration
  • Emergency planning
Cost: $595

Dec 27-29, 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Feb 29-Mar 2, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
March 7-9, 2020 (Sat-Mon)

Day 1
Orientation, welcome to the Sierra. Snow and winter climbing skills, appropriate belays, rappels and rope-handling skills.

Day 2
Continued snow and ice climbing skills, simulated glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills, over snow transport with snowshoes to high camp, snow camping skills.

Day 3
Peak summit ascent by an interesting route, peak ascent, descent, and continued snow climbing skills. Debrief and course closing.

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