Introduction to Mountaineering - Basic Skills & Techniques

Description: In this introductory class you will learn the skills of proper use of crampons and mountain axe, self-arrest and self-belay techniques, various snow and glacier travel techniques as well as proper nutrition, gear, clothing and well being for mountaineering.

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

Introduction to Mountaineering - Basic Skills & Techniques Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


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


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

Gear provided by REI:

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