Mountaineering Leadership Course | Miyar Adventures

Join Us On 8 Days Mountaineering Leadership Course

This eight-day course is divided into two parts. The first is five-days and the second is three-days. These two parts will be separated into different weeks so students have time to absorb and practice information from the first section before they are given leadership responsibilities during the second.

Part 1: The first component is a five-day Mountaineering Skills Course. This Mountaineering Leadership Course is typically in terrain that is more advanced than that on our standard Mountaineering Skills Course. Generally we do this course on the Fischer Chimneys Route of Mt. Shuksan, which not only has glacier travel, but also steep snow climbing, low angle ice climbing, and rock climbing. Learn basic glaciology, route finding, gear selection, food planning, expedition cooking and camping, rope handling, knots and hitches that apply to glacier travel, how to attach to a rope, how to move as a rope team over glacier, how to self-arrest, and how to perform crevasse rescue in a real crevasse. You will also have the opportunity to summit a glaciated peak as part of the first five days of the course. This course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to begin planning your own trips into glaciated terrain.

Part 2: After completing the five-day skills course you will assist on a three-day guided climb of a glaciated peak. This can take place the following weekend or later in the season, but cannot take place the following year because information can be forgotten between your course and the guided climb. The climb that you will assist on will be different than the one you climbed during the first five-days, so you will be in new terrain and exposed to new challenges. As a student in the Alpine Climbing Leadership Program you will be expected to take-on duties such as camp set-up and cooking, and teach classes to climbing members, such as rope team travel. Typically one day of the climb will be designated to practicing kick-stepping techniques in snow, ice axe positions, self-arrest, and team arrest. Your guides will then lead a summit climb, giving you time to practice the skills you have learned while progressing to and descending from the summit.

Prerequisites For Mountaineering Leadership Course

  • Previous multi-day backpacking experience
  • Excellent physical fitness, with the ability to carry a pack weighing 40lbs up and down 5,000ft of elevation over the course of 12 hours.

Skills Covered Mountaineering Leadership Course:

  • Equipment selection for glaciated routes
  • Stacking, flaking, and coiling alpine ropes
  • Knots and hitches for glacier travel and crevasse rescue
  • Setting-up a rope team
  • Introduction to glaciology and glacial features
  • Glacier navigation
  • Hazard recognition and management
  • Long to short rope transitions
  • Using running protection
  • Snow walking techniques with and without crampons
  • Team arrest
  • Alpine weather
  • Crevasse Rescue: Self-rescue
  • Crevasse Rescue: Partner-rescue
  • Caring for yourself and others in an alpine environment
  • Principles of teaching in an outdoor setting


  • Fuel, Pots, and Stoves
  • Tents
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide Services

  • Transportation
  • 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
  • Girl Rock Climber

    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 :).

    Jyoti Gawade
  • Rock Climbing

    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.

    Thomas Conway
  • Climbing at the Tooth at Snoqualmie Pass near Seattle

    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!

    Jeff Permuy.
  • Mountaineering
    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.
  • Mountaineering
    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.