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Backcountry Splitboard Course, near Mammoth California

Backcountry Splitboard Course
Backcountry Splitboard Course
Backcountry Splitboard Course
Backcountry Splitboard Course

Join Ryan, an AMGA certified mountain guide, on this splitboard course. He will guide you through the backcountry of California as you shred pristine powder while learning skills, techniques, and strategies to have fun and stay safe in the backcountry.

Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jan - Apr, Dec




Eager to get away from the resort crowds and into the backcounty?  Let me teach you how to safely navigate the backcountry during my 1-day splitboard course! We will enjoy pristine powder and untouched lines while experiencing the peaceful serenity that you can only find in the backcountry.

We will head to the Virginia Lakes backcountry in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, an area that is accessible from Mammoth but seems lightyears away from the crowded resort slopes.  At Virginia Lakes, we will enjoy awesome open bowls and the steep lines of Dunderberg and Excelsior Peak.

This program is designed for intermediate to advanced resort snowboarders who want a knowledgeable guide to help them familiarize themselves with the backcountry.  It is important that participants are comfortable boarding on ungroomed or unpredictable terrain.  However, prior splitboarding or backcountry experience is not necessary.

During this day on the mountain together, you will have the opportunity to learn various splitboard touring techniques, important safety skills including avalanche awareness and rescue strategies, and backcountry navigation (using both map and compass).  You will learn the skills, techniques, and strategies that will allow you to safely enjoy the backcountry during all your future adventures.

We will spend the day in the mountains so that we can fully soak in the natural beauty and tranquility of nature. 

Imagine yourself soaring down a mountain on your board without having to dodge the busy resort crowds.  If this appeals to you, sign up now for my splitboarding course and I promise you an amazing experience in the backcountry of California!

If you are looking for more unforgettable experiences in California, you can also join me on this 2 day guided climb of the East Ridge of Mt. Humphreys.](https://www.explore-share.com/trip/guided-climb-of-the-east-ridge-of-mt-humphreys-in-california/)[

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

* 8+ hour Splitboaridng 201 course in the Mammoth Lakes region with one of our professionally trained AMGA Splitboard Guides.

* A Weston Backcountry splitboard, Karakoram or Spark R&D splitboard bindings, G3 splitboard skins and ski poles, and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel and probe).

About the guide

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Single Pitch Instructor

I am the founder of Golden State Guiding and an AMGA Apprentice Alpine and Splitboard Guide, a certified Single Pitch Instructor, and certified Wilderness First Responder and also hold an AIARE Pro 1 certificate.

At Golden State Guiding we hold a valid permit to guide you legally in California's Eastern Sierra mountains including Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia/ Kings National Park, Mount Shasta in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, and Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas Nevada. All Golden State Guiding guides are professionally trained by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and are some of the best Guides in the industry. Our professional Guides know exactly where to take you for your day out of rock, ice, or alpine climbing, backcountry skiing or splitboarding, and mountaineering in California or Nevada.

These are some of the spots where we can take you:

- Joshua Tree National Park

- San Diego (Mission Gorge or Mount Woodson)

- Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine Peak, Mt Emerson, Mount Sill and the entire Palisade Range, Bear Creek Spire, Temple Crag, Crystal Crag, Cardinal Pinnacle, Iris Slab, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Clark Canyon)

- Mount Shasta in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Southern Cascades

- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area



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What people are saying about Ryan



Weather changed the event from 3 to 1 day and I was unable to summit in one day. Suggest the trip be delayed instead of trying to get it done in one day.



Patrick took me out to the Indian Cove! Loved the short approach and couldn’t asked for better weather. Patrick recommended great pitches where I could try new stuff like chimneying. Would definitely book again if I go back to JTree!



We had an excellent time with Chad on our multi -pitch day in Joshua Tree. My partner and I have some experience climbing sport routes, but had no experience with trad climbing or multi-pitch routes. Chad is a great instructor and led our routes with ease. We felt confident in his abilities to keep us safe and have fun. Will definitely book again with him.



Super easy to work with. Great communication. Great guide. Will definitely use again.



We booked through Ryan, and Daniel was our guide - absolutely brilliant, very down to earth and knowledgeable. The climbs themselves were awesome, with insane views. My partner is an experienced indoor climber, and I have close to no experience, especially outdoors, but still felt safe and in good hands. We did a half day, which was 5hrs, and got 4 climbs in, then stayed after the tour to walk around a bit more and have some snacks with a view (make sure you take food/water as there aren’t any shops inside the park). Definitely recommend.

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