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Cascades, Washington, Introduction Snow Climbing Course

Cascades snow climbing
Cascades snow climbing
Cascades snow climbing
Cascades snow climbing

Learn the skills necessary for successful snow climbing on this introductory level course in the Cascades of Washington with a certified mountain guide.


Cascade Range

1 Day

Apr - Oct




* Learn the skills necessary for safe and successful snow climbing.

* See the beauty of the Cascades of Washington.

* Prepare yourself for exciting future climbs.


Climbing in the Cascades is a wonderful experience. It is also a unique experience because the peaks in the range are often covered in snow. As a result, it is important to know how to properly maneuver through those snowy conditions. And on this introductory level course, which takes place in a classroom, as well as the outdoors, you will learn many of the important skills needed to safely and successfully snow climb. Thus opening you up to future expeditions that can take you to the summits of great peaks like Mount Adams (3,743m) and Mount Shasta (4,322m).

A lot will be covered during this snow climbing course. Some examples of what you will learn include the following.

  • How to use alpine climbing boots

  • Kicking steps

  • How to use crampons and an ice ax

  • Traversing a slope

  • Selecting the right clothing and equipment for snow climbing

  • How to walk in balance with an ice ax

  • Self arrest techniques

  • Glissading

  • Plunge stepping

  • Assessing snow conditions

With so much to learn, it is hugely advantageous that you will get to immediately put what you have learned into practice on the slopes of the Cascades. Incredibly scenic, this stunning mountain range will provide the perfect backdrop for this snow climbing course.

If you want to learn the skills necessary to successfully and safely snow climb on mountains, this course is for you. To be a part of it, just send me a request.

After completing this course, you can put your newly developed skills to the test on some ascents I offer in the Cascades. Some examples include this trip to the top of Mount Baker, and this trip to the summit of Mount Shuksan.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

This is the price to join a Group Tour.

The price includes the guiding fee, a classroom day session and a day trip to learn and practice skills on the slopes of the Cascades. The price does not include transportation, which we will help you arrange if you would like, lunches, snacks or gratuities. Also, any equipment you may not already have can be rented. Please let us know in advance what items you may require.


More info

Participants must be at least 13 years of age. Also, participants should bring the following items with them: waterproof jacket and pants, wool or synthetic (no cotton) clothing layers, gaiters, ice ax, helmet, food and water, glacier glasses and a backpack.

Meeting point

We can meet at either a park and ride in Seattle, or at the trail head at a predetermined time.

About the guide

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Guide Agency

At Miyar Adventures, we know that every trip is as much about discovering yourself as it is about discovering the world. Miyar was founded because of our passion for climbing - a passion we will strive to share with you whether you join us for a trip close to home or in a remote corner of the Himalayas.

We strive to be your trusted companion as you chase your life-long dreams. We believe it is our duty to ensure that you are safe and that you have fun every time you climb with us.

We want to make climbing accessible to all adventure-seekers, regardless of their age and climbing background. And when we go climbing with seasoned climbers, we make sure they have enough of a challenge.

Miyar's guides have relevant training through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) for the terrain in which they guide. This includes training in rock climbing, ice climbing, glacier travel, and snow sports, as well as avalanche training and Wilderness First Responder or higher level medical certification.


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What people are saying about Miyar



Sandeep and his wife, Jasmine, are lovely guides! We did a 1 day intro to rock climbing excursion with them and we had a great time! They communicated well and provided us with a fun and safe day of climbing. They chose routes based on our experience and taught us a lot. I highly recommend hiring Miyar Adventures. We have already shared their info with friends and family.


Five days of awesome is all I can say. Glen our instructor and guide was extremely knowledgeable. I had previous glacier mountaineering experience and his techniques were so much more efficient than what I had been taught. To top it off we had a great summit day.


Whole group summited! Huge thanks to the guides for helping us all get there! It's certainly not an easy climb, but the entire experience was fantastic. Especially loved the snow skills training on the second day. Lots of fun was had practicing the self arrest & team arrest. The team arrest training was a huge confidence builder to see that I wasn’t going to take the entire team down if I fell The lead guide (Glen) was fabulous. You can tell he really enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with the guests on his trip. Folks in the store are super helpful as well. Sandeep (owner) is great, and have talked with him in the store & via email several times to get advice. Great pre-trip guidance (including a meeting the night before the climb to make sure you have all the gear you need & nothing you don’t), and you can tell how much Sandeep cares about making sure every guest has a great experience. Lots of reasonably priced gear rental options available here as well if you aren’t sure if mountaineering is for you. Considering a Kili trip while I’m still in good hiking shape, and they’ll be the first place I look at if I decide to book.


I took the Mountaineering skills course (5 days) in Baker. I learned so much about Glacier travel, rope management, crevasse rescue, and much more! Glen, our guide was awesome and highly knowledgeable. We also got to summit Mt. Baker during the course which was the most magical part! I HIGHLY recommend them!


Myself and my daughter climbed Mt. Baker with Miyar Adventures via Easton Glacier route, Simon was our guide. The whole experience was epic in many ways. Simon's knowledge is excellent, I would trust him 100% in any situations that may come up on the mountain. We learned a lot and it was fun. The overall organization from Miyar was great (including informational emails from Jake and communication with Sandeep). Great company that I would choose again in a heartbeat.

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