This two-day course is ideal for first-time winter campers with previous backpacking experience and for those interested in going on an expedition to Denali or another Alaskan peak. Participants will learn how to camp in winter conditions in a mountainous environment away from avalanche terrain. Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be challenging. Coupled with the extremes of mountain weather it can be life threatening. Learn what knowledge, skills, and gear are needed to keep you safe and comfortable on a winter trip in the nearby mountains or on an extended expedition in the greater ranges. Previous backpacking experience is required. We will avoid avalanche terrain during this course. If you do not yet have backpacking experience, consider joining our Introduction to Backpacking seminar or going on one of our guided backpacking trips. For those interested in also learning mountaineering skills, this course can be combined with our Intro to Snow Climbing Course or our Mountaineering Skills Course. Our Denali Prep Course is a perfect fit for those interested in learning all of the skills for this peak.
- Clothing layering systems
- Gear selection, strengths, and weaknesses
- How to read an avalanche forecast
- Avalanche terrain recognition and avoidance
- Winter navigation
- Campsite selection and set-up
- Campsite fortification
- Winter cooking systems
- Winter food planning
- Methods of staying warm
We will have a logistics meeting and gear check at least three days before your trip is scheduled to depart.
Duration2 Days 1 Night Camping
PassportNot Required for Americans
Minimum Age16 years old
ActivityBackpacking, Snow Camping
- Stoves/Cook Kits
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide Services
- Pre-trip Planning/Information session on packing and gear
- Backpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills
- Transportation (We will help arrange carpools)
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Parking or entry fees
- Gratuities for Guides
If you are interested in doing any climbing or hiking but need a guide , I highly recommend Miyar Adventures...Sandeep is a wonderful person and you will actually learn (and practice ) climbing and crevasse rescue techniques in addition to the trip/climb ...it is definitely beyond a just a "get you to the summit" experience. He genuinely cares and brings in other excellent guides for bigger groups. My husband and I recently successfully made it to the summit of Mount Baker with Sandeep, two other guides and a group of friends and we had a fantastic experience. He and the guides he works with are very knowledgeable so I had confidence in their abilities to lead us but they are also very friendly and fun so that overall trip was enjoyable. I will definitely climb with Miyar Adventures again!
What an awesome experience to go on climbing Mt. Rainier with Miyar Adventures. Sandeep and his team of guides ( Kirk, Alexis, Joe, Ben, Chris, Jasmin ) did an awesome job to lead the multiple rope teams trough snow skill preparations and guiding through safely on glacier journey. The amount of efforts put into multi-month preparation, pre-trip meetings, accessibility to gears for rent and attention to details with food/weight/personal gears were all instrumental in almost all of us (in a group of 24) able to summit Mt. Rainier and have wonderful memories. We knew we were in best company and safe hands with prior experience with Miyar Adventures led climb to Mt. Baker and few other preparation trips. And guides calibrated their approach from novice climbers to experienced climbers to push enough to have an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend to go with Miyar Adventures on amazing trips they have lined up around the Puget Sound Area and internationally.
Sandeep is possibly the best person (Miyar and guides) in the business to take you on the mountains. Anyone who has trained with him to summit Rainier over the years can tell you how much he cares about his peeps. Talk to him and he can always find a way to make it happen. I have been trying to climb Rainier for few years with personal constraints (need to be always available, can return anytime, 24*7 sat phone access etc) and many times I had to return mid climb from big ones like Baker and Rainier. It was really easy to talk to the guides about this situation. I never once felt unsafe on the mountains. This is a big deal given how much we learnt when it comes to snow skills and glacier training. Be safe and go with Miyar!