In order to maximize the results of your mentorship, you need to be in excellent physical shape. This process begins now. Get out and climb and hike at least a few times per week. During the development of your customized plan we will address your fitness level and establish a training plan if needed.
We spend one day running through the basic rope skills and climbing some pitches to establish a baseline for the curriculum. If you show competency on certain skills then we omit them from the customized plan. Your current skillset sets the foundation for us to build on.
TEAM & RISK MANAGEMENT
Picking your climbing team or partner is essential to the outcome of your adventures. Managing risk is vital for your safety. We take a full day addressing these issues to improve your decision-making ability in the field.
A solid trip plan, emergency action plan and your preparation is vital to the outcome of your adventures. We explore traditional and modern tools for establishing solids plans.
ROPE SKILLS AND SINGLE PITCH CLIMBING
Understanding knots, rope systems and managing a single pitch environment are essential basic skills. These sessions will provide a solid base to build from as we move onto multi-pitch and alpine objectives.
The alpine program will help you fine-tune your skills in alpine snow, mixed, and glaciated terrain.
The rock program will help you fine-tune or learn advanced skills for rock climbing including self and partner rescue techniques.
The ice program will help you fine-tune or learn advanced skills for ice climbing. We will discuss the differences between rock and ice climbing and how that influences our decision-making and climbing practices.
The ski program is designed for ski tours or ski ascents/descents, on alpine touring, split board or free-heel equipment. Topics covered include: track setting, efficient 3rd and 4th class travel, short-rope and short pitch techniques, rescues skills.
The AIARE 1 is a three-day / 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).