Mountaineering Skills - Snow Travel

Description: The use of an ice axe and crampons is critical to anyone who wants to be able to move with comfort and safety in the mountains. This course will prepare you to deal with high summer snowfields and start to develop the skills needed for mountaineering adventures. We will cover snow travel, self-belay with an ice axe, self arrest and crampon use. This course is appropriate for first time mountaineers or climbers looking to brush up on skills. This course is very weather and condition dependent and the curriculum will be adjusted to fit the conditions at the time of the course. The next step in the mountaineering progression is the Rope Team class after that it is time to put it all together and join us for a winter ascent.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn and practice techniques to safely climb and descend snow slopes, Learn and practice self-belay, Learn and practice self arrest

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Mountaineering Skills - Snow Travel Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Pocketknife
  • Warm Gloves
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Matches or Lighter - A ten essentials item for backcountry travel.
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Base Layers - Wool or synthetic.
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Warm Hat
  • Gaiters
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Extra Warm Synthetic Clothing
  • Hiking Boots
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.


  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Energy Snacks
  • Personal GPS
  • Personal Compass
  • Thermos with warm drinks
  • Personal Camera
  • Foam sit pad - Used for insulation when sitting in snow.
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Climbing Helmet
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Topographical Maps - Local course area maps.
  • Climbing Harness
  • Dynamic Climbing Rope - At least a 60m rope.
  • Crampons - Spikes that fit on sturdy boots to help with traction on ice.
  • Ice / Mountain Axe