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3-day alpine climbing camp for beginners in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains

The certified guides from SWS Mountain Guides take you on this awesome 3-day alpine climbing camp for beginners in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, a spectacular locale where you will learn the basic skills, techniques and confidence needed to indulge in mountain climbing.

Mountain RangeSierra Nevada (California)
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup


  • Learn the skills and techniques needed to mountain climb in Sierra Nevada!

  • Increase your confidence in a wide range of basic capabilities

  • Ascend the mighty Crystal Crag on day 3!

  • Admire the epic and lovely scenery of the surrounding area


Join me on this 3-day alpine climbing camp for beginners, and together we will go through the essential skills and techniques needed to tackle the addictive and enjoyable activity of mountain climbing, as we navigate the sublime region of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, an idyllic setting featuring the perfect conditions for introductory mountain climbing.

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range that mainly lies in California, stretching 640km North to South and 110km East to West. The areas around the mountain range are often sparsely populated, meaning the surrounding landscape and terrain remains pristine, with few effects from the modern world.

We will meet and depart from Lee Vining, California, where all relevant safety and general information will be run through.

Over the course of the 3 days we will constantly be educating you and teaching you about all the possible skills, techniques and capabilities needed to take on Summer alpine mountain climbing.

The aim will be to start with easy skills, such as the basics of snow travel, and then build your confidence up and until we have a go at ascending the majestic and magnificent Crystal Crag.

During the course there will be ample time to admire and take in the epic scenery and views around us, with the lush green alpine forests, gorgeous rock formations and tranquil lakes all spreading out beneath us.

After the 3 days you should have the confidence to undertake alpine mountain climbing in plenty of different locations and settings, and hopefully will have fallen in love with this peaceful and beautiful part of California.

Learn how to mountain climb in an absolutely spectacular location – book now to experience!



Tent, motel or lodge accommodation available, depending on preference.

More info

Experience Level: Previous hiking and backpacking experience required. No previous mountaineering experience is needed.

Meeting point

Lee Vining, California




Day 1 to 3: Meet, Climb, Finish

Meet each morning and mountaineer all day. Finish each afternoon and head back to accommodation.

Equipment you will need to bring



Water bottle

About the guide

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Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 769 each

Group of 2

USD 769 each

Group of 3

USD 769 each

Group of 4

USD 769 each

Group of 5

USD 769 each

Group of 6

USD 769 each

Group of 7

USD 769 each

Group of 8

USD 769 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Price is per person in a group.

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