This winter climbing course is conducted in spectacular Sequoia National Park, you will learn the fundamentals of winter travel and mountaineering on either snowshoes or skis. Mountaineering instruction will cover the basics of mountain safety, all aspects of snow camping, staying warm and winter first aid concerns. A large emphasis will be on avalanche awareness. Other technical skills such as ice axe self-arrest, crampon use, and basic roped travel will also be covered.
This winter mountaineering seminar includes an attempt of Alta Peak in the stunning Pear Lake area of Sequoia National Park. An winter climbing adventure for anyone interested in the winter backcountry as a foundation for more advanced winter climbing, snowshoeing, or ski touring. Extend your summer backpacking season into the quiet time.
Location: Sequoia National Park, California, West Side of the Sierra Nevada. Lodgepole area. One and a half hours east of Visalia.
Food: At California Alpine Guides we strive to provide healthy and delicious meals. All meals, including lunch and hot drinks are provided by your guide / backcountry chef. Special diets can be accommodated.
Level: Participants should be in good physical condition; no previous winter experience required, but some previous experience in hiking and backpacking required. Snowshoeing experience is helpful but not necessary. Intermediate backcountry skiing skills are required if you are planning on using skis. Give us a call if you have a question.
Dates 2008: Dec 27-29
Dates 2009: Jan 17-19, Feb 14-16, Mar 20-22, Apr 17-19
Includes: All meals while in the backcountry. Group camping equipment, such as tents and cooking equipment. All technical climbing equipment (except footwear, snowshoes or skis), is provided.
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USA California Outdoor: Mountain Ranger Mountain/Rock Climbing Outdoor Skills School