Introduction to Alpinism (A2) Course

Student to Guide Ratio — 4:1

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Fri, Aug 03/18 - Tue, Aug 07/18 (5 days)

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Introduction to Alpinism combines the basics of snow, ice and rock climbing in the alpine. It is designed for rock and ice climbers or scramblers who want to climb more technically challenging mountains. You will receive direct coaching and mentorship leading introductory alpine terrain.


Develop the skills necessary to travel safely and enjoyable through introductory snow, ice, and rock terrain in the alpine.

  • Confident navigating introductory alpine terrain using map, compass, and GPS.
  • Confident with Peak Planning ProcedureTM and debriefing.
  • Confident identifying hazards in snow, ice, and rock alpine terrain.
  • Confident with crevasse rescue systems.
  • Confident walking and climbing in crampons.
  • Confident using a technical mountaineering tool for climbing and self arrest.
  • Confident with multi pitch anchors and ropes systems.
  • Comfortable protecting and moving through 4th and easy 5th class alpine terrain.
  • Comfortable with glacier morphology and navigation.
  • Comfortable crossing bergschrunds.
  • Comfortable using terrain belays.
  • Confident leading rock up to 5.6 with removable protection.
  • Confident leading waterfall ice up to WI3.
  • Confident with glacier travel rope systems.
  • Confident with self arrest and self belay.
  • Comfortable with crevasse rescue system.

*Prerequisites are recommended for an optimum learning opportunity.

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