The Miyar Adventures Alpine Climbing Leadership Program (ACLP) is designed to prepare students to plan and carry-out their own expeditions on alpine climbing objectives the world-over. The program is especially beneficial to those looking to improve their ability as outdoor leaders, such as aspiring guides, mountain rescue professionals, outdoor educators, and leaders of nonprofit and educational climbing programs.
Objectives this program prepares students for may include technical rock and ice climbs in the Cascades, massive glacier climbs in Alaska, or high altitude expeditions in the Himalaya. Students will not only learn and practice on significant climbs, but will also be given the opportunity to teach. Past students have taught in a variety of contexts. Some have taught rock climbing and led glacier climbs in the Pacific Northwest while others have provided training to Sherpas in Nepal who work on 8,000m peaks like Everest.
The program consists of four field courses, four seminars, and an exam that requires students to lead instructors on a complex alpine climbing objective and perform mock-rescues in the field.
Individual field courses and seminars may be taken on their own without completing the entire program. The entire program may be completed in a single season or spread-out over several years. A certificate of completion and written assessment will be provided by instructors after completing the entire program including the Alpine Climbing Leadership Program Exam.
Field Courses (these take place outdoors in the backcountry):
Seminars (these take place in a park or classroom)::
- Teaching in an Outdoor Setting (3 hrs over two sessions)
- Modern Wilderness Navigation (1.5 days)
- Advanced Crevasse Rescue
- Rock Rescue (2 Days)
Exam (5 Days in the mountains):
- Once students complete the courses and seminars for the program we will work with them to set-up a five-day exam. Students will lead the instructor on a climb while responding to mock-scenarios. Instructors create a supportive learning environment designed to help students understand their strengths and areas where they can further develop as a mountain leader and educator.
Duration6 to 30+ Days
PassportNot needed for US citizens
Minimum Age16 years old
ActivityRock, Ice, and Alpine Climbing
- Pots and Stoves
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide Services
- Parking or entry fees (when applicable)
- Food or drinks
- Accommodation before or after the course
- Personal clothing
- Personal climbing equipment (rentals available)
- Gratuities for guides
I was part of a group that summitted Mt. Baker in early August this year. Overall, it was a great experience. I went into it not knowing what to expect from a guided climb (my past few had been unguided) and was pleasantly surprised. I was concerned that I'd be bored, but was happy to find that they did a great job juggling our group's varying skill levels, and I walked away feeling like I had learned and progressed as a climber. Ben and Anthony are both very knowledgeable (you can always learn from guides, it just depends how much time they have to teach!) and I found myself getting a bunch of new experiences even just in the 24 hours that we climbed. I was also impressed by their abilities to read us and judge when clients needed encouraging or advice. They did a great job managing us, and I remember the moment that my attitude turned from "this isn't going to happen but it's still experience" to "holy crap, we have a shot!" After toughing it out through some rain, blustering winds, and low visibility, the skies cleared up and we had our chance. Thanks to Ben and Anthony for the positive attitudes and guidance that weekend! I'd definitely join them again in the future.
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.
This was my first time technical/glacier climb under great guides assistance & summited Mt. Baker & can't wait for more to come, see you soon ;)
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!
I've climbed Rainier and Baker (+several other training hikes) with Sandeep and other guides from Miyar Adventures. The climbs were made super fun, safe, and informational. With Sandeep's detailed prior planning, extensive know-how of the mountaineering practices, and long climbing experience, you know the climb is going to be safe with great chances of summit. Before all big climbs, Sandeep does an indoor session to discuss the itinerary and answer any concerns. You'll definitely learn a lot whenever you spend time with Sandeep. He has expertise in all forms of climbing: mountaineering, rock and ice. So it also makes it easy to try other activities because you already know the guide well. I've taken instructions from few other guides as well and I wouldn't doubt to state that Sandeep is the best guide I've climbed with! He'll keep you motivated and answer your questions with patience. He'd have fun stories to tell from his rescue ops, first ascents, or other hard climbs. He is ready to make adjustments based on the preferences of the group which is a key in making the trip not only successful but also enjoyable. I can't recommend Miyar Adventures enough! Give them a try and you'll be glad you did.