Alpine Adventures - Mountain Adventures In The Adirondacks Since 1985 - Instruction & Guiding For Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering And Backcountry Skiing
Home Our Services About Us Our Values Recent And Current Contact Us
Rock Climbing Ice Climbing Mountaineering Backcountry Skiing Arrange An Adventure
Mountaineering Mastery Method
Summer Mountaineering Courses
Summer Mountaineering Basics
Slide Climbing Overnight
Winter Mountaineering Courses
Winter Mountaineering Basics
Winter Camping
Mountain Navigation Courses
Basic Navigation
Advanced Navigation
Mountaineering Guiding
Mountaineering Equipment

Winter Mountaineering BasicsSM

Pied à plat: basic French technique

Students Per Instructor: 1, 2 or 3
Course Length: 2 Days (approx. 8 hours per day)
Seasons Offered: Winter
Alpine Mastery Method: Mountaineering Mastery Method
Prerequisites: None

Course Cost:
Booked through
Private Instruction
One student per instructor: $800
Two students per instructor: $500/person
Three students per instructor: $400/person

Course Summary: This course will teach you the skills required to summit an Adirondack peak in midwinter. You will learn essential trip planning and navigation skills in addition to basic techniques for using crampons, a single ice axe, and (conditions permitting) snowshoes. This course will also help prepare you for treks worldwide, involving ice or snow travel.


Course Description:
If you want to gain the skills needed to “summit” an Adirondack peak in midwinter, this two-day course is a great way to do it. We begin instruction with an introduction to equipment and clothing for cold weather adventures and the essentials of trip planning and navigation. After this introduction, we’re off to learn about using crampons with a single ice axe. You will learn the basics of French and International technique and practice these skills on ice and snow close to the road. Without getting into the complexities of technical ice climbing, we’ll introduce techniques that permit an efficient and safe ascent. As we climb, we’ll work on your movement technique. Depending upon snow conditions we may also introduce techniques for using snowshoes.

The second day’s itinerary will allow you put your new skills to the test during a summit climb. We’ll practice using map, compass, and altimeter to find our way to the base of the climb and we’ll show you how a rope can be employed for protection on the more exposed sections. We’ll make sure you have an opportunity to practice routefinding skills and we’ll allow some time to absorb the view from the top (assuming we don’t arrive in a white-out!).

The crampon and ice axe skills presented are fundamental to non-technical snow and ice travel anywhere in the world. Accordingly, this course is a great way to prepare for a trek or expedition.

Although we carry and use a rope occasionally, this course is not intended to provide an introduction to technical climbing. If you are interested in technical climbing in winter, please visit the Ice Climbing section of this web site.


The Adirondacks in winter

Practicing the “rest step”

Home | Contact Us | Site Info & Map | Legal | Top Of Page

~ Mountain Adventures In the Adirondacks Since 1985 ~

Alpine Adventures, Inc.
10873 NYS Route 9N, P.O. Box 179
Keene, New York 12942 USA

(518) 576-9881

Copyright © 2004-2019 Alpine Adventures, Inc.