Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
3 days / 2 Nights / Cost: $725.00
Come learn from California’s best mountain guides in our Basic Winter Mountaineering Course. Perhaps the best classroom in the country for such a course we head into the stunning and isolated Lassen Volcanic National Park for three days of education, mountaineering and fun. This course is designed to allow participants to expand their hiking and climbing seasons from the summer to the winter, spring, and fall seasons.
This Basic Winter Mountaineering course enables you to build the skills needed for more advanced mountaineering adventures such as expedition climbing, ski touring, snow-shoeing, or winter mountaineering on your local peaks. The course itenerary focuses on the fundamentals to take on the unique challenges of winter time. These include the skills of establishing a winter camp, traveling over winter terrain, basic avalanche safety/rescue, winter survival, staying warm, winter route finding, and mountain safety. In addition the course also focuses on basic mountaineering skills including ice-ax self-arrest, proper crampon techniques, and basic rope team travel.
After two days of training in the park thecourse culminates with an winter attempt of the South Ridge Route on Lassen Peak (10,463 ft). This allow participatants the oppurtunity to put their new found skills into action and hopefully summit one of the most majestic peaks of Northern Californa. Lassen Volcanic National Park, the southern most Volcano in the Cascade Range.
Departure: Mineral, California – Lassen Volcanic National Park
Group Size: Limited to 8 clients
Guide to client ratio: 1:4
Experience Level: All types of winter travelers, snowshoes, skiers, snow boarders, and mountaineers. No previous winter experience needed. Previous backpacking highly recommended.