Mountaineering Snow School

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The focus of this seminar with North Carolina Outdoor Adventures is to learn the basics of climbing at high altitude, glacier travel, pressure breathing, moving efficiently, ice axe arrest, traveling on a rope team, crevasse rescue and survival in a cold environment.

High Altitude mountaineering is considered the birthplace and reason for all forms of mountain and rock climbing. Rock and ice climbing were skills of necessity for pioneers and explorers who first sought to ascend the highest peaks.

Mountaineering requires the culmination of all skills including climbing and back country survival. No other sport demands the self-reliance imperative to be successful. One must have an array of skills ranging from orienteering, physical fitness, climbing ability, medical knowledge, knowledge of many terrains, weather and knowing ones limitations.

Who this is for: Anyone with ambition to attempt guided high altitude mountaineering? This course can also benefit winter backpackers! Participants should be at least 16 years old, in good physical condition and able to tolerate a cold environment. Though not required some winter backpacking experience in winter conditions is a bonus. You will want to have everything on the gear list. Please contact us for gear list. You can review it and let us know what you do not have.

Dates: Jan. 15-16 and Feb 19-20 (Friday evenings are optional)

Note: We will camp at our outpost farm on Friday night. Guests’ arrival between 6-8 PM. We will have veggie chili available that evening. We will review clothes, do a pack check and watch a couple videos on Alpine Climbing. For guests who cannot make it Friday night a pack dump will take place for you on Saturday morning at 9am. Saturday and Sunday will be all hands on. Saturday evening we will head to a location TBD to set up camp and will begin using our new skills. Sunday we will continue testing our new skills with the day wrapping up around 2-4PM.

Cost: $375

Price Includes a little over 2 guided days, permits and most gear. We do have gear for guests if needed. However, most participants bring their own gear. We encourage guests to bring their own gear because this helps you “test” your systems to see what does and doesn’t work for you. This is an important step BEFORE embarking on any backcountry or alpine adventure!

Location: NC Outdoors Outpost, Bakersville NC 1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville, NC 28075

Class Size: 6 people with a client to guide ratio of 6:1

Topics covered:

  • how and what to to pack
  • pressure breathing
  • movement in snow and rest stepping
  • cramponing
  • glacier travel
  • crevasse rescue
  • cold related injuries
  • altitude related medical concerns

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NC Outdoor Adventures

NC Outdoor Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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