Perhaps you are a hiker wishing to expand your skills to get out onto more challenging peaks, across those steeper snow slopes or up more technical rock sections. Or maybe you have done some rock climbing but wish to expand your skills to include mountaineering. If so, this three day program will give you the basics upon which to build a solid climbing future. If you have additional days available we suggest looking at our Extended Mountain Camp, where we spend more time practicing and applying the skills on the peaks of the Palisade range.

No prior climbing experience is necessary but prior backpacking and wilderness travel is helpful. We will base ourselves between Bishop and Mammoth in Rock Creek Canyon, which offers aesthetic peak ascents in one of the Sierra’s most beautiful canyon. We often do this program with a ratio of 6:1 maximum for the skills instruction and then reduce the ratio to 2:1 for the peak ascent to ensure that you get maximum individual attention with a high level of safety on the more technical terrain.

Notes

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High Sierra Climbing Guidebooks include Secor’s “The High Sierra; Peaks, Passes and Trails”, and “Sierra Classics” by Moynier and Fiddler.

Since camp on the overnight is around 11,000’ we highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000’) just prior to the trip. Any of the campgrounds in Rock Creek Canyon would be beneficial. While a night spent at Mosquito Flats on night one of the trip aids acclimatization, we still recommend that you spend at least another night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000’) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth or camped at the trailhead campground in Rock Creek Canyon would do the trick. You could also stay at Rock Creek Lodge.


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