Intro to Alpine Rock – $450
Alpine Skills (4-day) & Intro to Alpine Rock – $1540
Glacier Mountaineering (5-day) & Intro to Alpine Rock – $1750
Come discover the thrill of alpine rock with a climb of The Tooth. Located at Snoqualmie pass just 45 minutes outside of Seattle, The Tooth offers a great day of multi-pitch rock climbing and rewarding views. Day one, allows for a day out in the field, learning and reviewing skills at I-90, Exit 38 before the climb. Our Exit 38 instruction is required for those with little or no rock climbing experience.
Our Intro to Alpine Rock Course can be instructed as a two or three-day course. Day one and two focuses on movement on rock, tying knots, clipping off, use of a belay device and rappelling, plus an ascent of The Tooth or Lundin Peak. Add a third day and hone your skills on another classic Snoqualmie peak.
• Movement on rock
• Basic climbing knots
• Multi-pitch instruction
• Belaying, lowering and rappelling
• Introduction to anchors and protection
For more information about international adventures, please visit our partner company Mountain Gurus.
Flight Schedule: USA – Seattle (SEA)
Course begins and ends at Snoqualmie Pass.
Field Day 1 • Single Pitch Training
Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to training area near Exit 38. Skills review and instruction. Hike to trailhead.
Day 2 • Summit Day • The Tooth
Drive to the trailhead. Hike to the base of The Tooth. Ascend and rappel the route. Hike to trailhead.
NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Where to Meet
8:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Issaquah, WA for equipment check before heading to the trailhead.
Upon registration, you will be emailed a PreClimb departure PDF containing detailed trip information.
Once up at the pass we meet at the Snow Lakes Trailhead parking area (located near Alpental) I-90 Exit 52.
Please make sure everything is packed for a day out in the mountains. Be sure to bring proper rain gear and outdoor clothing appropriate for all conditions, gloves, plus climbing pack 35-40 liters, sun-screen, hat, sunglasses, fleece or insulted jacket, water bottles
Light-weight crampon compatible climbing boots (condition dependent)
(3) Locking carabineers
Belay device (recommended BD ATC Guide)
12 feet 6mm cordellette for prussiks
1 double length sling
Registration and Payments
Deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to start date. Please read NW Alpine Guides Cancellation/Refund Policy for details.
Professional mountain guide
All group equipment (including rock gear, ropes)
Services not included
Trailhead parking pass fees
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb departure information upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it’s extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
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Head and Face:
**An expedition down parka w/ hood is required for Mount Rainier. A mid-weight insulated parka is required for Mount Baker and climbs and courses in North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips.**
**Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips. Gaiters are optional on mid and late summer climbs.**
**Read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information. Double plastic mountaineering boots or Heavy-weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots are required for Mount Rainier and early season Mount Baker and North Cascades NP climbs and courses. Single-weight synthetic/ leather mountaineering boots are adequate for mid and late summer climbs and courses on Mount Baker, North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. NO Backpacking boots allowed on any trips, boots must be full shank and crampon compatible.**
**An adequate size backpack is required depending on the climb or course you’ve joined. You are responsible to carry all your personal gear and food, as well as a portion of group gear (tents, ropes, stoves, fuel, etc.).**
Personal Health and First Aid
Previous mountaineering experience is not required on most Northwest trips. Our guides will teach you the basic snow and glacier travel skills necessary to make a safe and successful climb. Although above average physical conditioning is required for most mountain climbs in the Cascades. Prior hiking, backpacking or climbing experience is very beneficial. High altitude experience is not required.
Most trips in the Pacific Northwest are rated as strenuous and we cannot over emphasize the importance of conditioning. By getting your heart, lungs, and legs in top physical condition, you can focus on learning, while being able to enjoy the high mountain environment. It is recommended that you have some hiking and backpacking (camping) experience prior to this trip. All participants are required to carry a share of the group food and equipment which includes tents, stoves, pickets, ropes. Be prepared to carry a 40 to 60 lbs backpack to high camp depending on the climb or course you choose.
The mountains of the Cascades Range are physically demanding and your ability to enjoy this adventure depends on your overall health and fitness.
It is often stated. The best training for mountain climbing is hiking, backpacking or climbing with considerable elevation gain (2000 vertical feet or more). Few other fitness activities truly replicate the physical demands of climbing steep mountains with a backpack.
We suggest you begin your training program at least four months prior to departure depending on your current conditioning. Walking up steep hills and stair climbing are both excellent ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. In order to condition yourself to carry the weight, it will be important to take long hikes (4-6 hours) with a weighted pack at least one or two times a week. The best training for mountaineering is to carry a loaded pack up and down hills or small mountains. Hike uphill without breaks for at least an hour at a time when possible. Then break 10-15 minutes at the most and then continue hiking uphill for at least another hour. Do this as much and as often as you can. This is certainly not the only way to train but is probably one of the best ways to train for climbing big mountains. Don’t worry about your pace, this will increase over time, instead hike uphill slower if needed without taking as many breaks. Work at maintaining an even respiratory rate.
Unfortunately, many of you don’t live near good hills or mountains so then you will need to find another activity that will help increase your endurance. Supplement this with running, cycling, swimming, cross-fit sports, weight training, etc. for additional aerobic conditioning your heart and lungs. Any time spent at altitude will also prove beneficial. Remember mountain climbing (unlike running) is an activity where you slowly climb uphill over long periods of time while carrying heavy to a moderate amount of weight.