Climbing jargon designating information about a climb or objective: “Yo, did you check the proj for any beta to help me send this?”
Today, beta is no longer only used by dirtbag climbers living in their vans … it’s also used by ski-bums living in their vans. It ranges from a small hint to a step-by-step breakdown of the entire route to where to get a post-send meal and beer. Anyone who has searched for inside info knows that good beta can help them achieve their goal.
But with all the misinformation readily available on the internet, how does one tell the poor beta from the holy grail? Well, that’s where we come in.
Join us for four action-packed nights of BETA, a mountain education and adventure festival held virtually on Zoom. Our Professional Mountain Guides will share tech tips, route overviews, inspirational stories, raffle prizes from us and our sponsors, and much more.
Four Nights, Endless BETA
5/18 | Mountain FUNdamentals Agenda & Registration
Before setting foot in the mountains, it’s important to have a plan. Where are you going? What tools will you use to stay on track? What happens if you get lost? See how guide Max Lurie approaches mountain navigation with skills like reading topographic maps, creating time plans and utilizing digital navigation tools.
Do you have the skills and tools needed in case something goes awry in the mountains? Join Sarah Janin for a basic overview of wilderness first aid including Sarah’s different first aid kit setups, an overview of the patient assessment system and stories of incidents that Sarah has encountered in the wilderness.
Designed to be engaging for the neophyte hiker to the seasoned high-mountain hiker, this webinar will focus on three specific hikes: Royal Arch, South Arapaho Peak and The Keyhole on Longs Peak. Andy will detail the basic statistics, objective hazards and considerations, as well as the basic strategy and ideal timing to accomplish each.
5/19 | ROCK the House Agenda & Registration
The Diamond on Longs Peak (14,259’) is one of the most sought after climbs in Colorado, and the country! It mixes big-wall climbing and the challenges–and rewards–of an alpine environment. Join guide Japhy Dhungana to learn more about the history of this famous climbing venue, how to prepare for an ascent of the Casual Route (5.10a) and more.
5/20 | Alpine Style Agenda & Registration
Are you an intermediate or advanced climber/mountaineer looking to get off the beaten path? Then this session is for you. Join guide Andy Hansen on a virtual journey of his favorite alpine climbing link-ups in Rocky Mountain National Park. From summertime high mountain scrambles on Arrowhead & McHenry’s to mid-to-late summer alpine rock climbs on the East Face of Longs Peak and deep winter ice/mixed routes in Glacier Gorge. Attendees will be a part of the decision-making process, learn tools to develop skills to be able to climb these routes, and discover routes that may be good stepping stones en route to accomplishing these more “committing” routes.
Ever wonder what it takes to stand on the summit of North America’s highest mountain at 20,310 feet? Join Colorado Mountain School owner and guide Russell Hunter to learn just that. Russell will share his experiences on and around Denali, what it takes to prepare and climb the infamous mountain, and much more.
5/21 | Snow Day Agenda & Registration
For backcountry skiers, spring is often considered the best time of the year and we still have plenty of days left in the high country. The snow is deep, the snowpack is great for climbing and skiing, and we can tour in shirts. Join guide Ben Markhart for an overview of the gear, snowpack and his favorite routes for spring missions to help you get the most out of your ski season.
Hit the bathroom, grab another drink and nuke some ramen. Our final two sessions of BETA are about to start.
Are you looking to take your ski skills to the next level? Many choose to test their steep skiing abilities on the Dragontail Couloir in Rocky Mountain National Park. This uber-classic objective is near 50 degrees, features around 1,500 feet of descent and is about as aesthetic of a line as they come. It also comes with a great deal of risk. Join guide Jason Maurer as he shares how he plans a spring ski of the “DT.” Join Jason to learn about timing, weather, snowpack, decision making and more.
The Pika Glacier, in the heart of Alaska Range, is a ski mountaineer’s paradise and an avid backcountry skier’s dream replete with all the comforts of home; a warm “bed,” a warm “house,” and warm meals each and every day. Replace “bed” with a sleeping bag and “house” with a tent and you get the idea. Flying into basecamp on a fixed-wing aircraft, passing by Sultana and Denali, and landing smoothly on the glacier … welcome to the ski trip of a lifetime! Join guide Andy Hansen on a virtual tour of an 8-day glacier skiing, couloir riding and ski mountaineering expedition. A trip like this will change your life and your notion of what’s possible as a skier!
Support our Community
The mountain community is struggling during these trying times. Many companies, like CMS, have had to furlough employees and cut back significantly. Join us in helping our community grow out of this challenge.
By registering for BETA, you’re helping us raise funds to support both our guides and local nonprofit organizations like the Boulder Climbing Community and the Friends of CAIC. Your support will help our community maintain your favorite hiking areas, keep us informed of backcountry conditions, etc.
As a special thank you, Colorado Mountain School and our sponsors have put together an amazing pile of raffle prizes including ski bindings, technical climbing clothing and gear, backcountry radios, free CMS courses and much more. We appreciate your support and want to give a special shoutout to our sponsors for their continued contributions to the mountain community in these trying times.