Mountaineering Skills

  • Participants

    Age 15 and up

  • Skill level : 1


  • Fitness level : 3


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 help develop the skills needed for the mountaineer's route at Mt. Whitney or other mountaineering adventures. We will cover skills such as self-arrest, crampon use, traveling on a rope team, negotiating 4th class terrain and placing snow protection. This course is appropriate for first time mountaineers or climbers looking to brush up on skills. Once you've completed this course join us on another occasion for a winter ascent of a classic peak.

Gear provided by REI

  • Climbing Helmet
  • Compass
  • Crampons
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Ice Axe
  • Maps - Local course area maps.

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