To get around safely in the mountains you need to have a good solid base of skills. Belaying, safe movement, terrain assessment, cramponing and ice axe work are all important tools to enable you to move through the backcountry efficiently and easily. These skills will also ensure that your mountaineering career spans your entire lifetime, not a short lifetime. Sierra Mountain Center skills camps are the first step in acquiring mountaineering skills.
If you are starting out on your Mountaineering career, we suggest a progression, starting with an Introductory Course and then expanding your skills into the Palisades area on a longer camp and then honing your abilities on a guided climb.