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Intro to Mountaineering - 3-day Alpine Mountain Camp
The Sawtooth Range, Sierra Nevada

An introduction to alpine climbing and mountaineering while attempting California's spectacular Matterhorn Peak (12,279 ft). This 3-day mountain climbing course is based in the Sawtooth Range of the Sierra Nevada, one of the most spectacular alpine climbing areas in California...and one of the least crowded. The Sawtooth range offers year-round snow, a small glacier and great alpine rock climbing. A perfect venue for a mountaineering skills course.

Gain valuable knowledge and receive introductory training in all aspects of alpine climbing and mountaineering during this mountaneering course. A great course for those who are looking to move beyond backpacking and into the higher alpine terrain.

Includes instruction in:

  • Basic rock climbing
  • Rope management & belaying
  • Snow Climbing
  • Ice Ax Self Arrest
  • Crampon use
  • Route finding in Alpine Terrain

Then put it all together in a climb of Matterhorn Peak, via the West Couloir or East Couloir, a 3rd and 4th class snow couloir and rock scrambling route. Learn ice axe use and self arrest, crampon and snow climbing techniques and basic rock climbing.

"I went on my first technical mountain climb last week and what an
awesome experience! The California Alpine Guides guys were so
good they totally got me through it."
Maryam Mehrkhast, Sacramento, CA

For more California alpine climbing & mountaineering courses check out our main Alpine Climbing / Mountaineering page.

Location: Sawtooth Range - Bridgeport, California, East Side of the Sierra. Only 4 1/2 hours from the S.F. Bay Area and and one hour north of the resort town of Mammoth Lakes.

For area information view our Bridgeport Travel Page.

Prerequisites: No previous climbing or mountaineering experience required. Previous backpacking experience recommended but not required.

Dates 2015: May 23-25 (Memorial day), Jun 26-28, Jul 24-26, Oct 2-4
Custom dates also available

Cost: $595


  • Professional mountaineering instruction.
  • Breakfast & dinner while in the field..
  • All group camping equipment.




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