The Mountaineering Basics course will teach you the skills needed to climb a peak. 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.
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.
8am – 4pm: Snow travel skills – Learn how to travel as a roped team, including belaying, techniques for efficient travel in crampons and using a mountaineering axe.
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.
We believe that your training is best taught by combining theoretical concepts and experiential learning. Some topics are best learned in a comfortable classroom setting and others in the mountains, moving through terrain. You’ll have both.
The first portion of your course will be conducted in a classroom setting. In the interest of health and safety for our students and instructors, classroom format for the 2020/21 season may include e-learning and/or group video discussions in an effort to limit close contact in closed spaces.
The majority of your course will take place in the mountains where we will learn in an open-air environment. You should be prepared, mentally and physically, to stay immersed in the backcountry for up to eight hours. You will be assigned to a small pod consisting of one Instructor and a maximum of six students to allow intimate instruction and physical distancing.The nature of this pandemic requires us to be flexible and adaptable in how we deliver a quality training experience. Rest assured, from the moment you enroll all the way up to your course field day(s) and beyond, our instructors will be a part of your learning progression and will provide you with the tools and resources you need to best prepare for your training. If you’d like to learn more about what we are doing to manage COVID-19 risk for our students and guides, please view our FAQ page.
All Upcoming Dates and Locations:
- May 29, 2021 - May 29, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado
- April 24, 2021 - April 24, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado
- May 8, 2021 - May 8, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado
- May 22, 2021 - May 22, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado
- June 5, 2021 - June 5, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado
- June 19, 2021 - June 19, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado
- July 3, 2021 - July 3, 2021 - Mountaineering Basics - Estes Park, Colorado