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Introduction to Mountaineering

Colorado Climbing Skills & Instruction



Do you want to learn all about mountaineering, alpinism, and the skills needed to climb the worlds highest peaks? We'll teach you the basics and much more! In this class, you'll learn the basic skills needed to begin your mountaineering journey such as tying climbing knots, how to belay, crampon and ice axe techniques and more! We'll also point you in the right direction to continue your mountaineering journey. This is an entry level course that will focus on the basics of mountaineering and the equipment and gear needed. 

There will be plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and refine your understanding of various mountaineering techniques.  A basic understanding of rock climbing is necessary for this course.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: beginner

  • An awesome mix of snow, rock, and ice climbing techniques

  • Two and half days of practice and learning new skills

  • All mountaineering climbing equipment is included

Price Includes

  • A professionally trained 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

  • Two and a half days of classroom time to dial in those skills

Price Excludes

  • 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)



  • Learn the basics of mountaineering, rope systems, and expedition climbing techniques

  • Plenty of time to perfect techniques, skills, and systems

  • You'll walk away from this course with a basic understanding of the skills needed for mountaineering

  • An excellent way to see what all the excitement is about

Topics Covered

  • Clothing and equipment for mountaineering

  • Safety considerations of mountaineering

  • How to pack for a mountaineering trip

  • Self arrest

  • Basic climbing knots and belaying

  • How to move efficiently in mountain boots and crampons

  • How to use your ice axe properly

  • Rock snow, and ice anchors

  • Basics of roped team travel

Course Dates

March 31 - April 2, 2023

Prep Day - March 31, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Field Days - April 1st & 2nd




The Eddy Taproom & St. Mary's Glacier Area

Course Length

Prep Day - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Field Days - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Difficulty Rating

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