Steep Snow Climbing Clinic

Length:1 day
Price:Open group clinics:
$355 per person

Private clinics:
1 climber $575
2 $395 per climber
3 $355 per climber
4 $295 per climber
5 $275 per climber
6 $250 per climber
Dates:Custom dates are available in May and June
Location:South Side of Mount Hood

This is the perfect introduction course for those wanting to learn proper techniques for snow climbing, especially in steep terrain where ropes are being used to protect from falling.

Footwork, Ropework, and Climbing Tools

We will spend the day learning about and practicing different footwork suitable for the terrain, climbing in balance and proper use of ice axe and crampons for ascending and descending steep snow. The course will also cover different roped climbing scenarios, how to ascend and descend as a member of a rope team and self-arrest.  This course is a prerequisite for a summit climb of Mt. Hood via the South Side Route and is often combined with other entry-level climbs.

Steep snow climbing is an aspect of alpine climbing that is unlike movement on steeper rock and ice. The techniques that we use are not always intuitive, but they are accessible to anyone who is coordinated and athletic. You will develop comfort with snow climbing in this clinic that will open up lots of terrain for you to explore.

Get Started

Interested in a trip? Call us today to get started on your trip reservation. We will take the time to place you on the expedition that is a fit for you.

(541) 312-9242

When you call us you will speak to someone knowledgable about all or our trips and locations.

Steep Snow Climbing Clinic

South Side of Mount Hood

The steep snow climbing clinic is a detailed introduction to climbing on snow. From steep and firm neve, to alpine ice, the mountaineer must be ready for any conditions. Our guides will introduce footwork for a range of conditions and slope angles. You will learn the many ways to use and hold an ice axe and use crampons to increase efficiency of movement.  Lastly, together with your guide you will practice two rope-systems, and learn how they apply to mountain conditions. Lastly, you’ll learn about self-arrest and how it applies to both roped and unroped climbing.

Elevation:This course is conducted between 6,000 and 7,000 feet above sea-level
Skill Level:Entry-level
SteepSnow- Mtn

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

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  • There are no prerequisites for joining this clinic – we’ll teach you everything that you need to know!
  • Excellent physical fitness is required
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