Intro To Winter Mountaineering, Sierra Nevada - Winter Mountaineering courses,Winter Mountaineering instruction and Winter Mountaineering Training in the Sierra Nevada of California
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Intro To Winter Mountaineering Course
The Sawtooth Range, Eastern Sierra Nevada California - 3 days

A winter mountaineering course for those wishing to learn the skills for winter mountaineering & winter backcountry travel while climbing California's Matterhorn Peak in winter. A great challenge for those looking to really get away from it all in the winter. We combine the challenge of winter backcountry travel with a lot of instruction in the various aspects of mountaineering.

This winter climbing course is conducted in the best alpine climbing training ground in California - The Sawoooth Range of the Eastern Sierra where you will learn the fundamentals of winter travel and winter mountaineering.

Winter mountaineering training will cover the basics of:

  • Snow Camping, Winter Shelters and Snow Caves
  • Winter Backcountry Travel & Safety
  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Ice Ax Self Arrest
  • Snow Climbing Technique & Crampon Use

This winter mountaineering course includes an attempt at a winter ascent of Matterhorn Peak, a worthy goal for beginner mountaineers. A winter climbing adventure for anyone interested in the winter backcountry as a foundation for more advanced winter climbing, snowshoeing, or ski touring. Also a great starting point for those with long term goals of bigger snowy peaks such as Denali.

We provide everything you are going to need except for your own clothing. That includes winter boots, winter sleeping bag and pad, backpack and snowshoes.

Winter climbing conditions have been great this 2014 season! There's plenty of snow for our climbing courses.

For more California alpine climbing & winter mountaineering courses check out our main Alpine Climbing / Mountaineering page.

Location: Sawtooth Range, California, East Side of the Sierra Nevada near the town of Bridgeport. Only 4 1/2 hours from The SF Bay Area and 6 hours from Los Angeles.

For area information including lodging and driving directions check out our Bridgeport Travel Page

Prerequisites: No previous climbing experience required, but some previous experience in hiking and backpacking is strongly reccommended. Previous Snowshoeing experience is not necessary. Give us a call if you have a question.


Dates 2015: Jan 2-4, Jan 17-19 (MLK weekend) Feb 14-16 (presidents day), Mar 6-8, Apr 3-5

Cost: $565


  • Breakfast & dinner while in the backcountry.
  • Group camping equipment, such as tents and cooking equipment.
  • All technical climbing equipment is provided.
  • Sleeping bag and pad, backpack, snowshoes and winter boots if needed.
  • Professional professional mountain guides


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