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3-day Level II alpine climbing camp in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains

This 3-day Level II alpine climbing camp in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains is led by the certified guides from SWS Mountain Guides, who will teach you more advanced mountaineering skills and techniques against the backdrop of a stunning and peaceful part of California.

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


  • Improve your mountaineering skills and confidence in Sierra Nevada!

  • Learn intermediate to advanced mountaineering techniques

  • Admire the truly epic and awesome views out over the California scenery


Mountaineering around the Sierra Nevada mountains in California is a truly special and enjoyable experience, and I will guide you over 3 days on this Level II alpine climbing camp, as we navigate these majestic mountains while teaching you the skills and techniques needed to improve your mountaineering confidence and form, all while taking in the sublime Californian countryside around us.

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.

Initially we will go over some basic mountaineering techniques in order to refresh your memory and get warmed up, and then during the subsequent 3 days we will go over more intermediate and advanced skills, including protection placement, route finding, alpine rock climbing and multi-pitch climbing.

We will of course build up gradually to these advanced techniques, and towards the end we will put these in to practice on some of the wonderful and glorious mountains that surround us.

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 3 days we finish the course and say our goodbyes, hopefully having exponentially increased your mountaineering confidence and made you want to return and explore more of the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada.

Take your mountaineering to the next level in a superb and idyllic setting – book now to experience!

For those after a slightly less challenging course, try our 3-day alpine climbing camp for beginners in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, here!


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

More info

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Previous basic mountaineering experience including basic belays, knots. Or completion of our Alpine Rock Mountaineering Course.

Meeting point

Lee Vining, California




Day 1 to 3: Meet, Climb, Finish

Meet on day 1 in Lee Vining, climb all day every day, finish on day 3.

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 851 each

Group of 2

USD 851 each

Group of 3

USD 851 each

Group of 4

USD 851 each

Group of 5

USD 851 each

Group of 6

USD 851 each

Group of 7

USD 851 each

Group of 8

USD 851 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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