Alpine Skills Clinic

Alpine Skills Clinic

Learn the basic and fundamental skills for technical alpine climbing on rock and snow over the course of this 3-Day intensive skills clinic. Follow a tried and true effective learning progression from the basics of traveling over rock and snow in the mountain environment to being able to manage ropes, belays, and climbing protection while on a ‘self-guided climb’. Taught by our experienced guide staff, this 3-Day skills intensive course is designed to maximize hands on learning in a real mountain alpine climbing environment. Ratios will be kept very low so staff to student contact time is maximized.

Typically the following itinerary has been used on previous courses, and conditions depending, may be duplicated again or deviated from based on instructor’s judgment.

Day 1: Rock Skills Day
Utilize our local rock-climbing crag, Taylor Canyon for the day. Skills focus is in placing and using both natural, passive, and active rock climbing protection, building anchors, basic rope work, and rappelling techniques. Ascend a 5.4-5.8 level multi-pitch climb to put all the skills to use and practice.

Day 2: Snow Skills Day
Travel into the heart of the Elk Mountains and work on the basic skills of snow climbing. We will utilize locally dependent trailhead, road, and climbing conditions to keep approaches to a minimum (< 1 hour). We will spend the day climbing snow on one of the areas local 12-13,000′ peaks and practicing the techniques of self-arrest, proper crampon and ice-axe use, snow anchors, rope work and belayed snow climbing.

Day 3: Final Day….Putting It All Together !
Our third and final day will involve a local mountain climbing objective that will utilize both the climbing skills of rock and snow techniques to summit a local peak. The focus of the day will be in the participants putting to use their new skills in various easy technical snow and rock-climbing terrain to carry out a self-guided alpine climbing objective. Instructors will continue to offer guidance and be a team member ultimately responsible for safety while allowing participants to ‘self-guide’ their climb.

Skills Covered:

  • Basic climbing movement and techniques over rock and snow
  • Basic knots
  • Rope work
  • Managing belayed climbing
  • Ice axe & crampon use
  • Rock and snow protection techniques
  • Anchor building
  • Rappelling
  • Route-finding and trip planning