The Intro to Mountaineering Castle Peak weekend course is a collaborative program with Colorado Mountain School. This course will teach you the skills needed to climb a peak along with how to camp in a alpine setting. Day one will be spent traveling up to Montezuma Basin and setting up a camp at 12,000 feet. The second half of the day is focused on skills in this high alpine basin. The skills we teach are traveling as a roped team, walking in crampons, using a mountaineering axe properly, and self arresting a fall.  We’ll be working on belaying, basic movement, short-roping. On day two, we’ll utilize the skills we learned on day one and climb Castle Peak 14265′ from our high camp in Montezuma Basin. This trip is a great opportunity to learn new skills or brush up on your mountaineering skills with the added bonus of summitting a classic Colorado 14er.

  • Learn to use an ice axe and crampons
  • See how snow anchors and mountaineering technical systems work
  • Try mountaineering with minimal time commitment
  • Learn to move efficiently on snow and rock
  • Experience a technical climb with a climb of Castle Peak 14265'

Dates: July 8th and 9th, 2017


2 days (1 overnight)

Day 1: 8:00am meet in Aspen, CO

Day 2: Alpine start from Camp for Castle Peak Climb, hike out back to trail head 4p




*includes harness, helmet, mountaineering ax, boots, crampons