Safety is the #1 Priority...
the mountains will always be there
We want to make sure all of you are aware that there are dangerous conditions in the outdoors, especially where there is snow. In the above video segment we talked about the proper tools you need to know how to use ANYTIME you decide to go where there is snow (yes, anytime). In other words, we ABSOLUTELY recommend you take a couple mountaineering classes before you even think about going out to any place that has snow. I (Phillip) have been mountaineering since 2002 and can tell you there have been time when I was only a few hundred feet from the summit, came across snow, and decided to turn back because I didn't have the proper protection (ice axe, crampons, and helmet). As a matter of fact, there have been several times I had to turn back, a few times I have had 3 or more failed summit attempts, which is very frustrating! There is a saying and it goes like this: "There are bold mountaineers and there are old mountaineers. But there are no old, bold mountaineers" -Unknown.
You MUST respect the mountains, nature, and the wild. Be safe out there, and please pass on this information to others so they know, it could save their life.
HOW TO GET STARTED LEARNING
1) Google: "Ice axe and crampon training" to find a mountain guiding company that will teach you IN-PERSON, on the snow. Do not try to learn from a book, video, or friend... your life is worth more than any amount of money paid for this education and training. Take a class from a professional mountain guiding service. Some of these guides are certified, the AMGA or IFMGA certification is the credential you would want to look for, some guides have been in business for over 10 years and are not certified, but whatever you do, DO NOT LEARN FROM A FRIEND.
Join Us! Ice Axe & Crampon Training Class: Saturday, February 11, 2017 with SIERRA MOUNTAINEERING INTERNATIONAL (SMI)
Join us out in the beautiful Sierra Mountains and learn how to travel in the snow so that you can summit mountains safely. This full day class (7am-4pm) will teach you everything you need to know about self-arrest as well as rope travel and other Mountaineering basics. We will also be working with a professional mountain guiding service, some who have summitted Mt. Everest multiple times and other respectable mountains around the world. They, and us, will ensure you get the proper student to instructor ratio as well as learning the essentials that will save your life.
We will be closing registration around December 18th (or earlier as soon as this class sells out), so please register early! We will be in touch with those who register about carpooling, logistics and additional surprises to be announced!
*You will need to rent Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Helmet, Climbing Harness, and Mountaineering Boots - this can be done from the guiding company we have partnered with (SMI's prices are around $40 for all these) and we will send all information on this to those who registered. We also highly recommend you purchasing gaiters to protect your waterproof pants from being torn by the crampons as well as keeping snow out of your boots. For those of you who want to buy your own mountaineering equipment because you know you will be getting into this sport, feel free to check out Phillip's recommendations on these core items. If you have made it this far, you will be hooked, so consider this a good investment vs. renting all the time. He picked items he still uses (after a decade of mountaineering) and comparable items that are both affordable and good quality that should last you many years if cared for properly. These items are listed in our "Beyond 52" page.