Ski Mountaineering Guide
Bela G. Vadasz
|June 25, 2014
Greetings Friends of ASI:
SUMMER IS HERE!
The weather is superb and summer activities are abound. The rock climbing on Donner Pass is in full swing and the climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney and Tioga Pass are ideal. It's time to get out, climb and learn some great outdoor skills with your friends and family!
FAMILY ROCK CLIMBING:
Take the family out to try rock climbing! This 1/2 day of climbing with your family of 3-4 can be arranged for novices learning the basics, intermediates climbing in the mid-grades or advanced climbers top-roping routes as hard as you choose.
$269 8:30am - 12:30pm or 1-4:30pm
Family Rock Climbing Special
Choose your own date
ROCK ANCHORING CLINIC
This course studies, evaluates and practices setting up both natural and artificial climbing anchors. We'll study how to safely evaluate the anchor site, placement of wedge-shaped nuts and mechanical camming devices along with appropriate methods of equalization to form a master point.
We will compare strategies for multi-point anchors for top-roped climbing as well as setting up anchors for lead-through multi-pitch climbing.
Rock Anchoring Clinic
June 28, 2014
July 19, 2014...
NEW ~ Kids Rock Climbing:
Students will climb in a fun and encouraging environment while connecting with themselves, others and nature. All participants will have the opportunity to create individual goas and determine their own challenge.
Renee has over 11 years or rock climbing experience and working with youth in the outdoors. She is passionate about teaching the sport of climbing and environmental education while inspiring studens to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.
This is truly an unique experience. All levels encouraged to come!!
Kids Rock Climbing with Renee Guay
June 26, 2014 (Thurs)
July 11, 2014 (Fri)
Aug 14, 2014 (Thurs)
CLIMB MT. SHASTA:
These 2-day ascents are short courses covering the most important fundamental skills and mountaineering safety techniques. We cover self-belay and self-arrest with your ice axe and French stepping with your crampons. You will learn to build a safe high camp and begin to understand avalanche and rock-fall hazards.
Shasta Summit Climb
July 3-4, 2014 (Thurs-Fri)
July 5-6, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
July 7-8, 2014 (Mon-Tues)
July 19-20, 2012 (Sat-Sun)
We have taken over 50 years of climbing in the High Sierra and 35 years of teaching and made a special new 2-day course on Tioga Pass called Sierra Mountaineering. Making the best use of your precious time, it fits the most important rock and snow climbing skills into a practical, useful and fun weekend format in the High Sierra. It's destined to become our new "favorite" course.
June 28-29, 2014 (Sat-Sun) full
July 26-27, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
Aug 30-31, 2014... (Sat-Sun)
CLIMB MT. WHITNEY:
We have spaces available and permits reserved for Mt. Whitney climbs this summer. The Mountaineer's Route, Class 3, is a fantastic 2-day climb that's great for novice and intermediate climbers along with a mountain guide. It's perfect for those looking for a fulfilling, challenging climb.
The East Face and East Buttress Routes, III 5.6, are both truly classic climbs for rock climbers with previous rock climbing experience.
Mt. Whitney, Mountaineer's Route
July 13-14, 2014 (Sun-Mon) FULL
July 20-21, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
Aug 3-4, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
Mt. Whitney, East Face
Aug 24-25, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
Sept 27-28, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
Mt. Whitney, East Buttress
Aug 24-25, 2014 (Sat-Sun)
TECH TIP: Get Hitched! - Münter/Clove Hitch Part 1
By: Bela G. Vadasz
On a multi-pitch route, we used to tie-in to the belay anchor with a figure eight on a bite. It's a very secure knot but it is difficult to estimate the final length of the rope to be tensioned against the anchor. Lengthening or shortening the tie-in by adjusting the figure eight is hit or miss and much too time consuming.
Another method some climbers use is carrying an additional piece of gear called a daisy chain. It is a sewn nylon sling with bar-tack stitched loops, allowing the climber to choose the correct length by clipping into the appropriate loop. Read on...
OFF SEASON SKIING:
A lot of us didn't get as much skiing in last season as we would have liked. We're thinking of a reverse season trip. We're talking to several people about skiing in South America in Sept/Oct and thinking of putting a couple of trips together.
Ideas include: Portillo (Chile), Bariloche (Argentina) and a ski mountaineering pilgrimage to the Fitz Roy Massif (Patagonia). Please let us know your thoughts and which one interests you.
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We look forward to climbing and skiing with you and helping you achieve your mountain dreams. If you can't find the answer to a question on our website, don't hesitate to give us a call.
Bela & Mimi Vadasz - ASI Directors
Alpine Skills International
Operating on a non-discriminating basis under Special Use Permit, Inyo National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, Shasta/Trinity National Forests, Eldorado National Forest, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks.