This course is divided into three sections which can be taken all-at-once or over three long weekends to work with your schedule.
This nine-day course is designed to teach students with previous outdoor rock climbing experience how to plan and carry-out their own alpine rock climbing trips in complex alpine terrain. Routes climbed during this course may include difficult approaches and descents, glacier travel, steep snow climbing, and climbing fifth-class rock while carrying an overnight pack. The material learned on this course can be applied to classic alpine rock routes the world-over, and builds a solid foundation for fast-and-light climbing on large objectives. This is the hallmark of alpinism.
Part 1: Two-Day Trad Climbing Course with an alpine focus. During this portion of the course we visit a multi-pitch trad climbing destination and practice alpine climbing techniques and transitions to prepare us for the big routes to come. Learn how to build fast and efficient anchors, move together along ridges, transition from glacier travel to fifth-class climbing, pack an alpine pack, haul packs up difficult pitches, climb multi-pitch routes while managing loose rock, and more.
Part 2: Three-day climb of an Intermediate alpine rock objective. The route chosen for these days depends on student climbing ability and experience. Generally the route is in North Cascades National Park, and includes establishing a basecamp high in the mountains, climbing the route the following day while carrying a small summit pack, and returning to the trailhead the following day. Summit days can be long, and require stamina while moving along beautiful rock ridges with views over blue lakes and peaks of the North Cascades. This trip is an excellent opportunity for students to apply what they learned in the first two-days, and learn how to become more efficient and prepared for the more challenging objective to come.
Part 3: Four-day climb of an advanced alpine rock objective. The climb chosen for these four days is generally long enough that it requires carrying an overnight pack while climbing. Students will sleep on ledges along the route and continue climbing the following day. Routes generally have glaciated approaches or descents, and are remote. Due to the complex nature of these routes the first day may be spent learning about trip planning, navigation, and packing, or it may be spent approaching the route. These trips require a large repertoire of physical ability and skill. Students will be challenged, yet rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. After completing the course students may wish to pursue more education and apply what they have learned on peaks in Alaska, the Andes, or the Himalayas through our High Altitude Expedition Leadership Course.
- Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing, or similar outdoor rock climbing experience
- Ability to belay a lead climber
- Previous multi-day backpacking experience
- Previous steep snow climbing experience.
- Glacier travel experience preferred, such as that gained on our Mountaineering Skills Course or Glacier Mountaineering Leadership Course.
- If students have lead climbing experience it may be possible to lead portions of the routes we climb.
- Excellent physical fitness, with the ability to carry a 50lb pack up 5,000ft of elevation, climb 5.8 rock with rock climbing shoes, and climb 5.4 while wearing alpine boots and carrying an overnight pack. If students have a higher level of fitness and climbing ability then more challenging objectives may be chosen.
- Equipment selection for alpine rock climbing
- Packing for alpine rock routes
- Ultralight bivi and shelter systems
- Route selection and hazard mitigation
- Rope management
- Belay stance management and transitions
- Alpine rock anchors
- Alpine snow anchors
- Techniques for traveling in third, fourth, and fifth class terrain
- Snow to rock transitions
- Managing technical descents
- Trad climbing techniques
- Pack hauling on difficult pitches
- Leave-No-Trace travel and camping techniques
Duration9 Days 8 Nights Camping
PassportNot needed for US citizens
Minimum Age16 years old
ActivityAlpine Rock 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!