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Max. class size: 6:1

Ice axe, crampons (when needed), harness, helmet, rope and pack.

Sierra Climbing Courses

Intro Sierra Climber     1 Day
Donner Peak, Northwest Ridge Class 3-4

This is a great 1-day introduction to mountaineering. It addresses the skills to climb Sierra summits that are harder than the simple "walk up" routes. You'll learn to plan and prepare for a mountain climb, travel in class 2-3 off-trail and scrambling terrain as well as receive an introduction to class 4 climbing.

We'll also practice a simple rappel. These are all common skills often needed to summit Sierra peaks. This instructional day climbs the Northwest Ridge of Donner Peak and is packed with great information to help you move from a summit hiker to becoming a mountaineer.

Skills covered will include:
  • Climb planning and preparation
  • Choosing appropriate clothing layers and footwear
  • Traveling in off-trail terrain (class 2)
  • Climbing class 3 rock, using the rope when neccessary
  • Belaying class 4 climbing, using a climbing harness
  • rappeling off a summit block
  • Introduction to use of the ice axe when snow exists
  • Time management and turn-around times
  • Hazzard assessment
  • Hydration and nutrition
  • Principles of Leave No Trace
Cost: $189

June 9, 2018   (Sat)
July 7, 2018   (Sat)
Aug 18, 2018   (Sat)

  • Previous mountain hiking
  • Fitness to ascend and descend about 1,200 verticle feet to around 8,000' (see Physical Condition)
  • Open minded thinking, ready to learn new skills

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