This four-day winter mountaineering course is designed to better prepare and educate climbers that are planning to join one of our more challenging trips like Mt Elbrus, Aconcagua or Island Peak.
After completion of this trip, you will develop skills for venturing into the winter backcountry on your own, or be already prepared to join Crew Treks trips. This course is an intensive four day immersion in surviving, traveling and playing hard in one of the most beautiful mountains of the country-The Cascades
The course will take place in Eastern Washington’s Cascade Range
Leader: Marek Wencel - Over 20 year experience in the mountains, previous expeditions to the Andes’, Himalaya and Alaska.
Prerequisites: No previous climbing experience required, but some previous experience in hiking and backpacking is strongly recommended. Previous Snowshoeing experience is not necessary. Please be as fit as you can be, you will be expected to carry 60lbs backpack
Day 1-Jan 27 2017 Arrival in Seattle and transfer to the hotel
In the evening, we will do gear check and prepare for early morning departure.
(If you have gear to be rented from REI, we will do ONE afternoon trip to do so)
Day 2-Jan 28 2017 Very early departure to the mountains and 3hr drive to the trailhead. Snowshoe to camp and establish base camp, we will then go over rope handling, ice axe techniques, snow anchors, cramponing and rope handling.
Day 3-Jan 29 2017 Climb Colchuck Peak
Along the way, we will learn about snow assessment for potential avalanches, travel on steep snow and how to use fixed ropes. The rest of the day will be spend cooking and melting snow (all members will be involved)
Day 4-Jan 30 2017 Early in the morning, we will hike to Aasgraad Pass and climb Little Annapurna. The rest of the day we will be learning about crevasse rescue techniques and first aid.
Day 5-Jan 31 2017 Depending on snow conditions, climb either Dragontail Peak or Enchantment Peak.
We will learn about avalanche beacon usage, wand placement, compass and map.
Day 6-Feb 01 2017 Snowshoe back to trail head and celebrate in Leavenworth at Gustav's!
Crew Treks strongly recommends that you enroll with Global Rescue prior to embarking on this trip. Please click on the link below for details and quotes.
The prices are reasonable and the signup process is simple.
We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance, which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, etc.
Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling.
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Items with * can be rented at REI in Seattle