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Cascades, Washington, Introduction Snow Climbing Course

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

Mountain RangeCascade Range
Duration1 day
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • 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.



There are plenty of comfortable accommodation options in Seattle we would be happy to recommend to you.

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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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 140 each

Group of 2

USD 140 each

Group of 3

USD 140 each

Group of 4

USD 140 each

Group of 5

USD 140 each

Group of 6

USD 140 each

Group of 7

USD 140 each

Group of 8

USD 140 each

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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.

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