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 on the same mountain, 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" or "Avalanche Level 1 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.
2) 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 FOR A CLASS!
Whether you are a beginner of advanced hiker, we will be hosting two separate courses the second weekend of April. If you want to start hiking in the snow, please sign up for the Snow Travel Course (we only have 15 spots) and we got a group rate at 10% off! The Avalanche school is open to all skill levels, but better suited for the hiker who frequents the backcountry off-trail, we only have 6 spots for this class and it's the last one offered this season, so sign-up soon to reserve your spot. Click on the photo for a detailed description of each course, we will also be sending a list of items you should bring in a follow up email, or you can rent items when you get there. Please be aware it is not possible to take both classes at the same time, but we will most likely be meeting up Friday and Saturday evening for one big get together and fun in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Hope to see you there!
These courses are contracted through Sierra Mountaineering International, will take place in Bishop, California and are non-refundable.