If you cannot call now, we recommend filling out our quick online reservation request form first, to check that dates are available and that you are in appropriate physical shape for the program you would like to register for.
You can also use the final registration forms below but remember that space is not yet guaranteed. We will need to talk not only to confirm available space on the trip, but also to be sure that you or your group are in appropriate physical shape. Our trips are active outdoor programs and while you don’t have to be a super fit athlete to participate, you do need to be in appropriate shape as most programs require a moderate to high level of physical fitness. Remember that the mountain weather can change rapidly, making any backcountry trip extremely physically challenging. Thus, we find the initial conversation over the phone an important step in the sign up process. After confirming availability we’ll then send you our registration materials or you can download them from here.
SMC Registration Steps
Step 1: Sign up Information
Step 2: Payment / Billing Information
Step 3: Medical Information
Step 4: Consent to Cancellation Policy, and Acknowledgement of Risk
These forms continue beginning to end, and if you can sit down and finish them all at once that’s great. If not, you have the option to save and continue later.
Printable PDF Signup Forms / Policies
Once we have talked with you and confirmed not only trip availability but also that the trip is appropriate for your skills here is what you need to fill out and get back to us to get your trip inked. These are all PDFs so download, complete and FAX back to
NPS Acknowledgement of Risk Form — This is for trips in the National Parks (PDF).
Ski Skills Questionnaire — Only for ski trips (PDF)
Sometimes things do not work out the way we want them to but we cannot be responsible for events that affect your ability to fully participate in the trip you have signed up and paid for. So, keep reading below to get trip insurance.
You have already read our cancellation policy (PDF), right??
We understand that plans often change and we try to be as flexible as we can, but we need to pay guides who have set aside their time for you and to and cover our expenses, so we have the cancellation policy that we go by.
We are now set up to offer you Travel Guard insurance. You can arrange that at the same time as you book your trip. So we strongly encourage you to obtain trip cancellation insurance (travel insurance) at the time you pay your deposit.You can download the Adventure Insurance Brochure here, go to the Travelguard Website or call us for more info.
We also suggest membership in the American Alpine Club, which, as well as a great Journal for winter reading, included rescue insurance – even though we hope that this is something we will never need to use. American Alpine Club Rescue Information.
Each of our trip pages has a trip description and an equipment list as a PDF under the “Resources” tab. Download these, read over them and use the equipment list as a guide when you are packing.
You should also read and/or download our Planning for Success (PDF) suggestions.
Download our Leave no Trace (LNT ) principles to ensure that we take care of the land.
If you have not been to Bishop before, check out the Bishop Chamber of Commerce website for local info.
Rockfax’s Bishop Area Hot Springs (PDF) might be just what you need after a long day on the trail.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TRIPS
(Also see our “Welcome to Sierra Mountain Center” homepage.)
We pride ourselves on a personal touch on all our trips. A small group size is not only more efficient but allows for more on one instruction and attention, and more time spent climbing, rather than belaying. Obviously the ratio or group size that we can guide affects our prices. You may find organizations willing to take parties of three clients, or even more up technical routes, at a lower cost, but we do not. We believe that value is not simply the lowest cost, but rather, the best possible experience.
Our scheduled trips are intended to be as inclusive as possible and to offer the best guides and services we can. If you are comparing our prices to similar trips consider the quality and experience of the guides and items included in the price such as trailhead shuttles, air charters and food inclusion.
Our scheduled programs are priced to run on a full, or near full basis. If there are insufficient registrations we will give you the option of paying an additional surcharge or perhaps shorten the program to enable it to run. We have found that most participants would rather do this then have the program cancelled and we will discuss it with you should this situation arise.
Our scheduled overnight backcountry programs include all group equipment, kitchen gear, tents, group climbing equipment when necessary, emergency kits, avalanche beacons, and food, including breakfast, lunch and dinner (You bring hot and cold drinks and your favorite snacks). We take special care to choose meals that are as nutritious as possible, providing ample chow for the heartiest of backcountry appetites.
We do our best to cater to different dietary needs. However, if you have a significant food allergy or medical condition that requires strict adherence to a dietary regime we may not be able to fully accommodate you. The guide is unable to prepare a number of different meals each night for a number of different needs. Bishop is very limited in shopping options and much lightweight food may contain a variety of allergens. We may have to ask you to bring some of your own supplies or to provide specific food menus.
Front country programs do not include meals and unless otherwise noted our front country trips do not include lodging. For these programs we provide recommendations for local lodging in various price ranges.
We have available for rent the following equipment: mountaineering crampons, mountaineering axes, technical crampons, technical ice tools, harnesses, belay plates and carabiners and snowshoes. Go here to get our Downloadable Rental Form (PDF) or rent online here.
For ski programs we work locally with Mammoth Mountaineering. If you have tried to rent randonnée equipment in Southern California you will have found that there is none to be had. Mammoth Mountaineering has the best selection you will find anywhere in the country. Call them directly at or coordinate with us.
PRIVATE GUIDING AND CUSTOM TRIPS
If the dates we have scheduled do not match your time available, you desire a special type of program, or you have a group and would like one of our regular programs at a different time, we will work with you to set it up. Go to our Private Guiding page.