Cascade Mountaineering: Snow Skills

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$159 for REI Members

$179 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 3 Moderate
  • Group size 10 people

Snow travel, crampon use, and ice axe arrest are the basic building blocks of mountaineering in the Cascades. This course will teach you how to travel on snowfields and lay the foundation for traveling on glaciers or through steeper mountain terrain. You'll become familiar with the different types of equipment available, apply basic cramponing techniques, and learn to self-belay and self-arrest with mountain axes. This course is appropriate for first time mountaineers or for those looking to brush up on skills. Crampons, Ice Axe and Helmet provided. This outing is weather and snow condition dependent and the curriculum will be adjusted to fit the conditions at the time of the course.

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

What to bring with you

Map image of Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park

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Cascade Pass is one of the gems of the North Cascades. A trek to the pass (and beyond) will fully immerse hikers in the rugged grandeur of the North Cascades.