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.
Sierra Nevada (California)
Jun - Sep
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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!
- Guiding fee
- Permit and entrance fees
Professional guide(s)/instructors, group climbing equipment including: technical rock
climbing equipment, ropes, helmets and permits fees.
Note: Alpine II advanced rock course consist of three consecutive rock day trips, no overnight backcountry equipment is required. Each evening you're free to explore town and natural setting at whatever accommodation you choose: Forest Service campgrounds, motels, and lodges (reservations required), are located only minutes away from daily meeting points, so choose your own style of sleeping quarters.
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
Meet on day 1 in Lee Vining, climb all day every day, finish on day 3.
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Previous basic mountaineering experience including basic belays, knots. Or completion of our Alpine Rock Mountaineering Course.
What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?
Intermediate to Advanced Previous basic mountaineering experience including basic belays, knots. Or completion of our Alpine Rock Mountaineering Course. Guests should be able to hike 2-3 miles with a light pack at a moderate speed.
How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?
1-2 months prior to the course departure date.
Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?
We provide helmets, harness, ropes, technical rock climbing, and rock climbing shoes are available for rent.
Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?
How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?
Note: Course consist of three consecutive day trips, no overnight backcountry equipment is
required. Each evening you're free to explore town and natural setting at whatever accommodation you
choose: Forest Service campgrounds, motels, and lodges (reservations required), are located only
minutes away from daily meeting points, so choose your own style of sleeping quarters.
What happens in the event of bad weather?
Weather Credits and Rescheduled Climbs & Courses:
SWS Mountain Guides aka Sierra Wilderness Seminars Inc. reserves the right to reschedule seminars and courses due to severe weather conditions or other uncontrollable circumstances which make the course or climb unsafe to continue. Weather Credit or Weather Partial Credit will be given for courses or climbs during or within 24 hrs of the course start dates if severe weather conditions or other uncontrollable circumstances make the course or climb unsafe to continue. Our decision will be at the discretion of the climb leader and the Director(s) of SWS Mountain Guides.
Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?
We recommend trip cancellation insurance.
What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?
1:2 Guide to Client Ratio
What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?
June through September
This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!
Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.
Such a difficult, but the most amazing experience! Something you will never forget!
One of the best experiences we ever had. Amazing trip with lots of excitement, challenges and action - all in the most beautiful scenery. Our guide Matt played a crucial role making this trip a life time experience. Hi-fives to Matt and thanks for being the best guide! Best, Gustav and Mikael
Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren
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