Instruction in alpine snow climbing, proper use of ice axe and crampons and self-arrest techniques.
Excellent preparation for spring / summer climbs in the Rockies, Cascades, Alaska, etc. Instructor will take you through a progression from climbing in balance, using duck-foot, crossover-step, sidestep, and plunge-step, to self-belay with piolet cane, high and low dagger, and piolet traction, and on to flat-footing and front-pointing with crampons.
Finally the rope will be incorporated, emphasizing proper tension, stepping over the rope for turns, and limitations / dangers of being roped on steep, exposed terrain. Self-arrest with the axe, a last resort, but an essential skill to know, will also be taught.
After building confidence arresting falls on the seat, climbers will progress to upside-down and backward. Knowing how to stop oneself enables a climber to move without anxiety over hard snow.
How to Register:
Winter Ascent, North Ridge of the Pfeifferhorn
Photography by Tyson Bradley
|March 21, 2020||Saturday|
|April 4, 2020||Saturday|
|April 18, 2020||Saturday|
|May 2, 2020||Saturday|
7 am - 3 pm
Salt Lake City, Utah
$219 per person plus tax
UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.
Introductory.View All Alpine Courses Guiding & Instruction Mountaineering Equipment Mountaineering Logistics Frequently Asked Questions