*** Two people are signed up for a course Feb. 16-18, looking for one more. ***
Our Intermediate Mountaineering Course
is for people who have already taken our Intro to Mountaineering Course
, or have taken a similar intro course elsewhere. In this course we'll help you build on the skills you already have with the intention of moving you closer to the point of being a self sufficient mountaineer. Some of the specific things you'll be learning in this course include:
- Anchor building in snow, ice and rock
- Rope management techniques for multipitch technical climbs
- Equipment considerations/selection
- Ice climbing
- Mixed climbing
- Avalanche awareness
- Glacier travel and crevasse rescue
Here’s a sample itinerary for a three day Intermediate Mountaineering Course:Day One:
Waterfall Ice and mixed climbing on Mt. Willard’s Hitchcock Gully.
Hitchcock is a deep gash in the southeast face of Mt. Willard with more than 1000 feet of relief from top to bottom, and everything from steep snow to grade 3 waterfall ice to a short section of tricky mixed climbing up a verglassesed chimney. After completing the gully you'll spend the rest of the day learning about how to safely descend a multipitch technical alpine climb. You'll learn how to set up rappels, including an in depth look at V-threads, and the opportunity to set some of your your own. In the lower section of the gully you can try your hand (in a spot with no consequences for anchor failure) at rappelling off a bollard. You will have ample terrain to work on downclimbing, both facing in and out, glissading and self arrest. Day Two: Shoestring Gully
on Mt. Webster. This 2000-foot gully is one of the most classic alpine climbs in the White Mountains. The gully starts with low angle snow climbing and becomes steeper and more difficult as you gain elevation on Mt. Webster’s massive west face. The route culminates with 5-6 pitches of steep snow and bulges of grade 2/3 ice. At the top you can finish the route in the main gully, via steep snow, or you can exit right via a thin ice runnel and rock chimney. At the top you’ll pick up the Webster Cliff trail and follow it back down to the road. Shoestring is a great objective for practicing your footwork and axe techniques, as well as your efficiency with multipitch transitions, rope management, overall efficiency.Day Three:
We have two options for day three, depending on the group’s inclination. Option 1 is to spend the day at the base of Willey’s Slide working on various crevasse rescue scenarios. Option 2 is to climb a gully in Huntington Ravine such as Pinnacle, Odell’s, Yale or Damnation.
*Please note that this three day itinerary does not include an overnight. Eliminating the overnight allows you to get in three full days of instruction, without having to worry about all the logistics that go into setting up a winter camp. However, for teams that do want to gain more experience with winter camping, an overnight can easily be added into this itinerary. Also note that this is just a sample itinerary and there are several variations and alternatives that will depend on the conditions, group size and ability, fitness level, etc.