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.