Join Us On Alpine Ice Climbing Leadership Course
This course can be taken all-at-once or divided into two separate three-day weekends to work with your schedule.
This six-day course will teach students how to be competent followers on multi-pitch alpine ice objectives, and how to plan and carry-out their own trips. Those with previous ice climbing experience or with a high level of competency may practice leading pitches of easy alpine ice. The first three days are spent doing ice climbing training in the seracs on the Coleman Glacier of Mt. Baker. Students learn about ice climbing anchors and protection, how to fit and use crampons and ice tools, hazard assessment in a steep glacial environment, how to move efficiently on ice, belay management, and how to safely remove protection. We may also cover basic crevasse rescue during these days so students are prepared for the glacier travel portion of the ice route we choose. The next three days are spent climbing an alpine ice route on Mt. Baker. Generally we choose the North Ridge of Mt. Baker, a steep multi-pitch ice route that is one of the most stunning and challenging routes the Cascades have to offer.
Prerequisites for Alpine Ice Climbing Leadership Course
Skills Covered During Alpine Ice Climbing Leadership Course:
- Ice climbing equipment overview and selection
- Hazard assessment and mitigation in multi-pitch ice terrain
- Trip planning
- Route finding in an alpine setting
- Rope management at multi-pitch belay stations on ice
- Ice movement on low angle to steep ice
- Placing and removing ice and snow protection
- Constructing ice and snow anchors
- Self-care considerations for alpine ice routes
- Rope systems and transitions between glacier travel and fifth-class ice climbing
Duration6 Days 5 Nights Camping
PassportNot needed for US citizens
Minimum Age16 years old
ActivityAlpine Ice Climbing and Mountaineering
- Fuel, Pots, and Stoves
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide Services
- Parking or entry fees (when applicable)
- Food or drinks
- Accommodation before or after the trip/course
- Personal clothing
- Personal climbing equipment (rentals available)
- Gratuities for guides
I did the Intro to Rock climbing course last summer and really enjoyed it, The right kind of setup/ preparation and structure for a beginner ( with intermediate level opportunity on demand ). Miyar provided all gear and guidance and answered all questions. Safety and fun were both top priority. Looking forward to go to Kili and Himalayas with Miyar in near future.
Intro to rock climbing on Mt. Tooth. I had done fair amount of rock climbing and bouldering inside the safety of the gym, and I was always skeptic of rock climbing outside, until I met the owner of Miyar adventures "Sandeep Nain". He asked me to come out with him on a small outing in to a nearby mountain called Mt Tooth in the PNW. it was supposed to be a 1:1 climb and I was surprised that to make me comfortable he had bought in another lead at his expense. With a 2:1 guide to student ratio I knew I was going to be okay. Not only was it professionally and well organized, I felt Sandeep and Ben (additional lead) went beyond what was expected of them to make me feel good about climbing outside. I would totally recommend Sandeep's Miyar adventures over other bigger companies because they gave importance to my personal goals and unlike the other bigger companies out there which treats you without much respect, Sandeep and Miyar adventures took genuine interest in my limits, goals and treated me with a lot of respect. I ended up doing another course "Mt. Denali prep course" and looking forward to a few other outings with Miyar adventures in the near future. I hear their trip to Kilimanjaro is a real success, and will totally be checking it out next year.
I had done some rock climbing 20 years back but did not have confidence of getting onto the rock again. I did not like the climbing walls in the gym with their big rounded holds which almost feel slippery. I had almost given up on climbing when I found about Sandeep's Intro to Rock Climbing Course. Knowing about his Rainier climb leader role, I knew it will be a great learning experience. I did the course on Sept 7th. Starting with the basics, Sandeep made it so easy that in a short time we were not only ready to try harder routes but were also ready to belay the fellow climbers under his guidance. Even though we were climbing in a pretty safe environment, he made sure that we follow the safety measures and wanted us to make it a habit. He says all of us are ready to pass the belayer certificate test at the local gym. I better attempt that before I forget the basics :).
I took the Intro To Outdoor Rock Climbing Course August 24th and had a great time! The instruction given by Sandeep Nain was well organized and detailed. Our infield curriculum included review and practical applications of climbing gear, climbing knots, climbing commands, belay techniques, climbing ethics and of course safety, which Sandeep emphasized throughout this one day course. Our group then had the opportunity to do 5+ top rope climbs on routes varying in difficulty, great work out! On top of meeting some great people we finished the day with a dip in the river! You can't beat that! I highly recommend this course.
As a newbie to rock climbing, I took the intro to outdoor rock climbing with Miyar Adventures. Our lead instructor, Sandeep was great and so was his assistant who joined us for the course training at Gritscone. As a group of five, we were able to tackle five climbs in one day ranging from 5.5 to 5.9. This allowed each climber more opportunities to practice the techniques, work on the commands, and gain experience with various rock formations. It’s a great value esp. considering we were a small group. Sandeep is a knowledgeable climber and a genuinely nice person. We hung out for a bit after the course and had great conversations with interesting people!