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    Sawtooths Mountaineering Skills Seminar

    Sawtooths Mountaineering Skills Seminar

    per person

    This five-day seminar is based in the spectacular Sawtooth Range where we will learn the skills to climb the big peaks in all conditions.


    This five-day seminar is based in the spectacular Sawtooth Range where we will learn the skills to climb the big peaks in all conditions. We focus on climbing alpine rock, snow, and mixed in a spectacular venue. A must for aspiring alpinists with plans to get their game on in the great ranges of the world.

    Minimum of 2 to run on these dates and prices. Maximum guide ratio 3:1.
    Due to COVID-19 this trip is only being offered on a Custom Private basis. 

    Matterhorn & the Sawtooth Ridge

    Matterhorn & the Sawtooth Ridge

    Take on alpine rocky ridges on one of the most dramatic skylines in the Sierra.

    Learn technical and movement skills for climbing alpine snow and ice slopes, and take on alpine rocky ridges on one of the most dramatic skylines in the Sierra. We’ll also introduce glacier travel systems and crevasse rescue, whiteout navigation, and emergency snow shelters. Learn about clothing, gear options, expedition preparation, and the basic use of avalanche rescue equipment. Practice newly learned skills on a big ascent of a major Sierra peak!

    • Included
      alpine
      alpine climbing
      climbing
      Eastern Sierra Winter
      ice climbing
      mountaineering
      Sawtooths
    • Not Included
      14ers
      3D chute
      3rd pillar
      3rd Pillar Dana
      AIARE
      AIARE 1
      AIARE 2
      Alaska
      Alaska skiing
      alpine rock climbing
      Alps
      Alps climbing
      Alps running
      Alps skiing
      Alps trilogy
      American Mountain Guides Association
      AMGA
      avalanche awareness
      avalanche course
      backcountry
      backcountry 101
      backcountry ski
      Backcountry Skiing
      backcountry snowboard
      backpacking
      Bear Creek Spire
      Berner Oberland
      Bernese Oberland
      Bishop
      Bishop Skyline
      Blacksmith Peak
      Bloody Mountain
      Breakthrough
      Bridgeport
      California
      California fourteeners
      camping
      Cardinal Pinnacle
      Carson Peak
      Celestial Aretes
      Chamonix
      Chamonix climbing
      Charlotte Dome
      chef
      classic rock climb
      classic Sierra rock
      climb
      climbing camp
      climbing skills
      climbing Swiss Alps
      Clyde Minaret
      Convict Creek
      cook
      courses
      courses instruction
      crampon
      Crest tour
      Crystal Crag
      custom
      custom private ski
      Dana Plateau
      destinations
      Devil's Slide
      Dolomites
      Dolomites climbing
      Double Eagle Resort
      Dream Bowl
      East Buttress
      East Face
      Eastern Sierra climbing
      Eastern Sierra skiing
      Eiger
      Evolution Loop
      exam
      fastpacking
      Fishhook Arete
      Four Seasons
      France
      Glass Creek
      Grindelwald
      guide course
      Haute Route
      heli assisted
      heli skiing
      Hemlock Ridge
      High Sierra
      High Sierra skiing
      high tour
      hiking
      Horse Creek
      horses
      Horsetail Falls
      Hut to Hut
      ice 101
      ice axe
      ice climbing course
      Incredible Hulk
      instruction
      intermediate level
      international
      introductory
      introductory ice climbing course
      Italy
      John Muir Trail
      John Muir Wilderness
      June Lake
      June Mountain
      Jungfrau
      kids
      kids climbing programs
      Las Vegas
      lee vining
      Lee Vining area
      lee vining canyon
      level 1
      level 1 refresher
      level 2
      light and fast
      lightweight
      Lone Pine
      Lone Pine Peak
      Lovers Leap
      Mammoth Lakes
      Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite
      Mammoth Mountain
      Mammoth to June
      Mammoth to Yosemite
      Matterhorn
      Matterhorn Peak
      McGee Creek
      Merriam Peak
      mixed climbing
      Monch
      Mont Blanc
      Mont Blanc run
      Mount Conness
      Mount Dana
      Mount Emerson
      Mount Gabb
      Mount Humphreys
      Mount Mills
      mountain running
      Mountaineers Route
      Mt Conness
      Mt. Dana
      Mt. Emerson
      Mt. Humphreys
      Mt. Russell
      Mt. Sill
      Mt. Tom
      Mt. Whitney
      Mt. Winchell
      mules
      multiday
      negatives
      Nevada
      North Palisade
      North Peak
      north ridge
      onion valley to mt. whitney
      Ortler
      Owens River Gorge
      pack outfit
      pack support
      packers
      palisades
      Palisades Glacier Camp
      peak descents
      Peter Croft
      Pine Creek
      Polemonium Peak
      porters
      Positive Vibrations
      private
      private custom
      professional development
      Red and White Mountain
      Red Dihedral
      red rock
      Red Slate Mountain
      rescue skills
      Ritter Range
      rock
      rock 201
      rock climbing
      Rock Creek
      Rock Creek to Mammoth
      Sabre Ridge
      San Joaquin Ridge
      self arrest
      self belay
      self rescue
      Sequoia National Park
      sherpas
      Sierra
      Sierra 5.10
      sierra alpine
      Sierra Mountain Guides
      Sierra Nevada
      Sierra skiing
      single pitch instructor
      ski
      ski guiding
      ski mountaineering
      ski tour
      ski touring
      skiing
      snow
      snow skills
      snowboard
      SPI
      splitboard
      sport
      sport climbing
      Starlight Peak
      supported
      Switzerland
      Tahoe
      Temple Crag
      third pillar
      Thompson Pass
      Thunderbolt Peak
      Tioga
      trad climbing
      trail running
      traverse
      Tuolumne
      Twin Lakes
      Ultra Trail Mont Blanc
      ultralight
      Valdez
      Via Ferrata
      white line
      wilderness trip
      winter
      Yosemite
      yosemite national park
      Yosemite ski
      Yost Meadow
      Zermatt
      Zermatt Valley
    TRIP ITINERARY: Sawtooth Mountaineering Skills Seminar
    DAY 1 Meet  in the morning in the town of Lee Vining. Travel to a local crag for alpine rock skills training:
    • Upgrade rock climbing movement skills in rock shoes and boots/crampons.
    • Knots, hitches, and rope handling
    • Alpine belay systems
    • Placing and removing natural anchors
    Equipment review and expedition preparation/planning. Spend the night in a hotel in Lee Vining.
    DAY 2 Drive north to Bridgeport and on to Twin Lakes Trailhead. Hike up Horse Creek to basecamp.
    • Ice axe and crampon movement and efficiency
    • Self-belay
    • Self-arrest
    • Cold weather camping systems
    • Route and time planning
    DAY 3 Peak climbs and descents for skills training:
    • Routefinding and navigation
    • Basic avalanche rescue skills
    • Snow anchors
    • Lowering and rappelling
    • Glacier travel
    • Crevasse rescue systems
    DAY 4 Climb Matterhorn Peak via the North Ridge! Back in camp:
    • Emergency shelter and winter survival
    DAY 5 Whiteout navigation skills and practice.  Descend to the trailhead. Resort gear, debrief, and close the course. Finish by mid-afternoon.