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.
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.
Day 1: This course begins with a lesson on crevasse rescue – preparing you for traveling on glaciated terrain. Learn about equipment, ropework, travel strategies, rescue systems and more. Learn to rescue yourself or a climbing partner from a crevasse.
Day 2: Meet at our location in Estes Park as a team and do a thorough equipment check with your guide. We’ll then head into the backcountry, where we’ll set up basecamp. We discuss proper tent placements, snow shelter, as well as kitchen and bathroom setup.
Day 3: The day’s focus will be on climbing in glacial terrain and specific skills will be customized to the participants’ goals and needs. We can cover a variety of topics such as traveling as a roped team, self-arresting a fall, ascending a fixed line, avalanche awareness and avoidance techniques, or snow climbing. We can also cover ascending and descending while pulling a sled. Spend a second night out in Rocky Mountain National Park, honing winter camping skills.
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.
Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
If you require lodging at our Estes Park Adventure Hostel, please make your reservations online in advance. Beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our hostel features 16 beds in 3 rooms, bathrooms, showers, a full kitchen with appliances, dishes and utensils, wi-fi, ping-pong table, and a lounge area. Please be considerate of others lodgers during your stay.
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.
All Upcoming Dates and Locations:
- February 16, 2020 - February 19, 2020 - Expedition Prep Course - Estes Park, Colorado
- March 21, 2020 - March 24, 2020 - Expedition Prep Course - Estes Park, Colorado
- April 19, 2020 - April 22, 2020 - Expedition Prep Course - Estes Park, Colorado
- May 17, 2020 - May 20, 2020 - Expedition Prep Course - Estes Park, Colorado
- June 14, 2020 - June 17, 2020 - Expedition Prep Course - Estes Park, Colorado