Mountaineering Development Series: Level 2

5-Day Level 2 Mountaineering Course

The five-day Mountaineering Development Series course sets you up perfectly for climbing bigger glaciated peaks. Individuals will spend the first two days learning extremely vital skills such as the different types of winter anchors and proper crevasse rescue for yourself as well as your team. The third day will focus on climbing, multi-pitch systems and transitions. Day four and five will involve learning proper camp craft on an overnight in the backcountry, and climbing a classic mountaineering route in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Course Details


Intro to Mountaineering or similar technical mountaineering experience using crampons, mountaineering axe, belaying, etc.


Days 1-3: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Day 4-5: Starting time varies, overnight


5 Days with multiple participants; 4 Days with one; 1 overnight

Maximum Ratio:

6:1 and 3:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:

  • Group camp gear (i.e. stove, pots, tent)

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Winter Anchors – Learn to build different types of winter anchors - from pickets in the snow, to cams in rock and screws in ice, this course teaches you to construct effective anchoring systems.

Day 2: Crevasse Rescue – This is a mandatory skill to have if you spend any time in glaciated terrain.  Learn how to pull yourself and your team out of a crevasse in case of an accident.

Day 3: Climbing day & multi-pitch systems – We’ve spent two days out in the field working on skills, now it is time to get some climbing under our belt.  We’ll climb a route conducive to the conditions and work on multi-pitch systems/transitions.

Day 4: Hike in, camp craft, route plan, and overnight in the backcountry - it's time to head out for an overnight!  Learn the skills to spend a comfortable night in the backcountry. Also plan and prep for tomorrow’s big day.

Day 5: Climb a classic route in Rocky Mountain National Park.  After climbing to the summit, the group will head back to basecamp, pack up and hike out to the trailhead for a final debrief.


With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay 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 booked separately for $40/night for CMS students.  Please call our office for reservations.


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.