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Intro to Alpine Climbing Course June 2013
Learn Fundamental Skills for Alpine Climbing
Our Intro to Alpine Climbing Course will introduce you to fundamental mountaineering skills for climbing on rock, snow, and ice. The first day of the course is dedicated to rock climbing and includes an introduction to technical rock climbing movement, belaying and rappelling, and anchor building with artificial climbing protection. The remaining three days of the course are spent in the heart of the Sneffels Range to learn mountaineering skills including self arrest and ice axe use, french technique crampon use, anchor building on snow and rock, techniques for steep snow and ice climbing, wilderness navigation and route planning, rope-team travel, crevasse rescue, and techniques for building safe and secure alpine camps. On the last day of the course participants have the chance to apply their new skills during a summit climb of 14,150' Mt. Sneffels via a technical mountaineering route.
Taught by an AMGA Certified Guide
All of our instructors are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as rock guides and/or alpine guides. We are the only guide service in the region that guarantees you will climb with an AMGA certified guide. These highly regarded instructors have the skill and experience to provide you with a thorough introduction to alpine climbing while effectively managing risk and having fun! After being trained by our top-notch guides you will be on your way to a lifetime of safe and enjoyable alpine climbing.
Equipment Included Free of Charge
We provide climbing and camping equipment free of charge when you climb with us. You will get to use top-of-the-line ice axes, crampons, ropes, carabiners, harness, and helmet made by Petzl. Camping equipment includes specialized mountaineering tents made by Black Diamond and stoves and pots made by Mountain Safety Research.
*The Peak Mountain Guides Introduction to Alpine Climbing Course is located on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests under priority use permit from the Forest Service, USDA. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.*