Expedition Prep Course

Prepare for the Seven Summits

The Expedition Prep course will help prepare you for climbing larger glaciated peaks like Denali, Rainier and Aconcagua. Each day is spent in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. The terrain in RMNP will leave you well prepared for your next big objective.

Expedition Training and Preparation

The major goal for this course is to have individuals walk away with a better understanding and more knowledge of what it takes to climb a mountain in expedition style. This is a perfect course for an individual who has Denali or another of the 7 summits on their to-do list.

Course Details

Time:

Day 1: 8:00am - 4:00pm, Day 2: 8:00am - Day 4 around 4:00pm

Duration:

4 days, 2 nights

Maximum Ratio:

3:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Includes:

  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Group climbing gear
    • Technical hardware - climbing protection, carabiners,etc
    • Ropes
    • Technical softgoods - slings, cordellette, etc
  • Personal climbing gear
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Boots
    • Rock shoes
    • Crampons
    • Ice Ax
    • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe (if needed)
  • Group Camping Equipment
    • Tent
    • Stove
    • Cookware
    • Hot water
    • Equipment Sled for expedition prep (if needed)

Excludes:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Sleeping Bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooked or prepared meals
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: The day's focus will be on glacial travel. We can cover a variety of topics such as walking in crampons, traveling as a roped team, self arresting a fall, ascending a fixed line, and rappelling a fixed line. We can also cover ascending and descending while pulling a sled.

Day 2: Meet at our location in Estes Park and do a quick gear check. We’ll then head into the backcoutry, where we’ll set up basecamp. We discuss proper tent placements, snow shelter, as well as kitchen and bathroom setup.

Day 3: This day we’ll focus on crevasse rescue. This will include pulling someone out of a crevasse as well as getting yourself out of a crevasse.

Day 4: We will utilize all the skills learned and climb a peak as a team. The route we choose will be based on our team and weather. We’ll then head out back to the trailhead.

Lodging:

Colorado Mountain School offers a 16 bunk lodge that is conveniently located upstairs from our office and classroom in downtown Estes Park.  The lodge features a full kitchen, WiFi, a lounge and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).

Notes:

All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.