Intro to Mountaineering

The Intro to Mountaineering weekend course will teach you the skills needed to climb a peak. Day one is a skills day. In the winter months we’ll work on such skills as traveling as a roped team, walking in crampons, using a mountaineering axe properly, and self arresting a fall. In the summer months we’ll be focusing more on rock skills. We’ll be working on belaying, basic movement, short-roping, and rappelling. On day two, we’ll utilize the skills we learned on day one and climb a mountaineering route in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Course Details

Overview:

The first steps toward your mountaineering objectives:

  • Learn to use an ice axe and crampons
  • See how snow anchors and mountaineering technical systems work
  • Try mountaineering with minimal time commitment
  • Learn to move efficiently on snow and rock
  • Experience a technical climb and try for a summit

Time:

Day 1: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Day 2: Roughly 6:00am - 4:00pm

Duration:

2 Days

Maximum Ratio:

Day 1 = 6:1, Day 2 = 3:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:

  • Harness, helmet, mountaineering axe, boots, crampons

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  Mountaineering skills

Day 2:  Climb a route

Lodging:

With a sixteen-bed lodge available exclusively to Colorado Mountain School students, you can spend your entire weekend in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $30/night.  Please call our office for reservations.

Notes:

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