Mountaineering Skills - Rope Teams

Description: This course is the next step in the mountaineering progression after Snow Travel. Now that you can travel safely with an ice axe and crampons it is time to introduce ropes. We will cover skills such as traveling on a rope team, negotiating 4th class terrain and placing snow protection. This course is appropriate for graduates of our Snow Travel class. This course is very weather and condition dependent and the curriculum will be adjusted to fit the conditions at the time of the course. Once you've completed the snow travel and rope team classes it is time to put it all together and join us for a winter ascent of a SoCal Classic peak.

Skills you'll learn:

Practice techniques to safely climb and descend steep snow slopes, Learn and practice rope team setup and travel, Learn and practice movement through 4th class terrain

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 - Rope Teams Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


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


  • Personal Compass
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Thermos with warm drinks
  • Foam sit pad - Used for insulation when sitting in snow.
  • Energy Snacks
  • Personal GPS
  • Personal Camera

Gear provided by REI:

  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Harness
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Ice / Mountain Axe
  • Topographical Maps - Local course area maps.
  • Dynamic Climbing Rope - At least a 60m rope.
  • Crampons - Spikes that fit on sturdy boots to help with traction on ice.