This three day mountaineering course builds upon the topics and skills covered in our Introduction to Mountaineering and Crevasse Rescue Courses. It is designed for climbers who want to advance their technical skills in big mountaineering terrain. This is an excellent course to refine existing climbing skills and learn new ones that will increase your efficiency in the mountains as you take on bigger peaks.

You’ll be able to work side by side with your instructor to gain valuable feedback and knowledge on logistical planning of trips, complex anchoring, rope management, transitions, navigating steep terrain, and descent techniques all culminating in a student led objective on the final day. Our guides have decades of experience teaching and applying these skills and want to show you what works as you set your sights on the big mountains.

Hands on experience and time in the driver’s seat is crucial for learning to happen in the mountains. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, plan logistics, and take the lead under a highly trained professional.  A solid working knowledge of climbing techniques and crevasse rescue is recommended to get the most out of this course.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate
  • Participants should be able to climb 5.7 rock routes comfortably, carry backpacks weighing 40 or more pounds and should be in good physical condition
  • Participants should be able to continuously move throughout an entire day in the mountains
Course Dates Price Location Course Length Difficulty Rating
Course DatesMay 3 - 5, 2024 Price$699 LocationGolden, CO Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating6/10
Course DatesJune 7 - 9, 2024 Price$699 LocationGolden, CO Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating6/10
  • A step up in difficulty from our Intro to Mountaineering Course
  • Solidify your understanding of complex anchoring in all different types of mediums
  • Student led objective with on the fly feedback from your instructor
  • You’ll walk away from this course with a working knowledge of multi pitch climbing transitions and rope travel techniques
  • Learn how to plan logistically for big days in the mountains
Price Includes


  • A professionally trained and/or certified AMGA Guide
  • All necessary mountaineering equipment including harnesses, helmets, mountaineering boots, belay devices, crampons, and ice axes
  • Professional guiding and instruction throughout the entire course
  • Resources to further your mountaineering journey
  • Three days of course instruction to set you up for success


  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area
  • Gratuity
  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, winter gear, etc.
  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)
Topics Covered
  • Review of climbing knots, hitches, essential equipment, and belaying
  • Complex anchoring in snow, rock, and ice
  • Movement skills in alpine terrain
  • How to use the rope to increase security
  • Logistical planning for big days in the mountains
  • Transitions and rope management
  • Descent techniques
  • Multi pitch considerations
  • Student led objectives
  • How to use the rope to increase security
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