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Alpine Climbing Course
6 days
Sawtooth Range & Eastern Sierra Nevada

Day 1
We meet in the town of Mammoth Lakes where we discuss rock climbing gear options. We then drive a short distance to the local crag where we begin our rock climbing training. Skills covered will be basic movement, belaying and all knots. There will be plenty of time for enjoying some top rope climbs. Lodging or camping for this night is not included. However, we will be happy to help you find either. There are many camping and lodging options in the Mammoth Lakes area.

Day 2
Today we continue our training with an introduction to multi-pitch climbing and a short multi-pitch climb. Options include the fantasic Crystal Crag near Mammoth which has been described as a "mini mountain climb". We will also cover rappelling and have time for some top rope climbs. Lodging or camping not provided this night.

Day 3
We travel North to Twin Lakes, the trailhead for Matterhorn Peak and the Sawtooth Range. We hike approximately 2,000 ft in elevation gain and about 4 miles where we establish a comfotable basecamp under the shadow of the jagged Sawtooth peaks. The evening is spent acclimating, making prusik cords and enjoying fine camp food prepared by your guide.

Day 4
We begin our mountaineering skills seminars with a full snow school including ice axe and alpine ice climbing cramponing techniques, snow and ice anchoring principles and belaying techniques.. We journey up to the small Dragtooth or Matterhorn glacier where we will also cover proper crevasse rescue techniques including hauling systems, prusiking (rope ascending) techniques and one-on-one rescues and roped glacier travel practise.

Day 5
Today is summit day on Matterhorn Peak. After crossing the small Glacier we will climb the North Arete, a 6-7 pitch alpine rock climb up to 5.7 in difficulty. A truly magnificent route with a spectacular summit. the descent involves 40 degree snow and the use of the ice axe. That evening is spent resting at base camp.

Day 6
The morning is spent reviewing any skills we need to cover before breaking basecamp and descending to the trailhead. We usually arrive back at the cars around 3pm.