Learn vital mountaineering skills in the place where they count most: on the mountain.
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'
June 22 and 23, 2019
July 6 and 7, 2019
in partnership with Colorado Mountain School
2 days (1 overnight)
Day 1 @ 8:00am - Day 2 around 4pm
No experience required
*includes harness, helmet, mountaineering ax, boots, crampons