Sawtooths Mountaineering Skills Seminar
This five-day seminar is based in the spectacular Sawtooth Range where we will learn the skills to climb the big peaks in all conditions. We focus on climbing alpine rock, snow, and mixed in a spectacular venue. A must for aspiring alpinists with plans to get their game on in the great ranges of the world.
This five-day seminar is based in the spectacular Sawtooth Range focused on teaching the skills to travel big peaks in any condition. Learn technical and movement skills for climbing alpine snow and ice slopes, and take on alpine rocky ridges on one of the most dramatic skylines in the Sierra. We’ll also introduce glacier travel systems and crevasse rescue, whiteout navigation, and emergency snow shelters. Learn about clothing, gear options, expedition preparation, and the basic use of avalanche rescue equipment. Practice newly learned skills on a big ascent of a major Sierra peak!
TRIP ITINERARY: Sawtooth Mountaineering Skills Seminar DAY 1 Meet in the morning in the town of Lee Vining. Travel to a local crag for alpine rock skills training:
- Upgrade rock climbing movement skills in rock shoes and boots/crampons.
- Knots, hitches, and rope handling
- Alpine belay systems
- Placing and removing natural anchors
DAY 2 Drive north to Bridgeport and on to Twin Lakes Trailhead. Hike up Horse Creek to basecamp.
- Ice axe and crampon movement and efficiency
- Cold weather camping systems
- Route and time planning
DAY 3 Peak climbs and descents for skills training:
- Routefinding and navigation
- Basic avalanche rescue skills
- Snow anchors
- Lowering and rappelling
- Glacier travel
- Crevasse rescue systems
DAY 4 Climb Matterhorn Peak via the North Ridge!Back in camp:
- Emergency shelter and winter survival
DAY 5 Whiteout navigation skills and practice. Descend to the trailhead. Resort gear, debrief, and close the course. Finish by mid-afternoon.
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