North American Climbing School
Alpinism 1 & 2
An ideal introduction to alpine mountaineering, this course Alpinism 1 - an Introduction to Mountaineering, is conducted largely above timberline in the high country of North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker National Forest in Washington State. One day is spent at an easily accessible rock climbing area, and five days are spent on the glaciers of Mount Baker. The emphasis is on skills development and practice climbing, and the program concludes with an ascent of beautiful 10,778-foot Mount Baker. This course is a great way to build a solid base of mountaineering skills and prepare for an international expedition.
A second course to build on your experience is Alpinism 2 - Intemediate. Based around a series of ascents of American mountaineering classics, this program is the perfect follow-up for climbers who have completed Alpinism 1 - Intro to Mountaineering. It includes three days on alpine rock and three on glacier routes.
Dates: offered every week May to October
Departure: Mount Baker in the North Cascades, Washington, USA
Duration: 6 days
Alaska Mountaineering and Denali Prep
This is a scenic, action packed seven-day program that provides complete training in all the skills of snow and ice climbing used in alpine and expedition mountaineering. While developing a solid and complete set of alpine climbing skills, you will also learn glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques, gain experience with expedition procedures, and apply methods for route finding and hazard assessment. In the April and May programs we use skis for ease of movement on the glacier, and anyone with basic ski skills will feel at home on this easy terrain. At the end of May and in June, we use snowshoes. At the end of the program, you should be technically qualified to make intermediate level ascents in any of the world’s glaciated ranges and to join us on a Denali expedition.
Dates: April to June annually
Departure: Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
Duration: 10 days
These courses are operated in North America as part of Adventure Consultants / American Alpine Institute alliance: