Times they are a changing- winter to spring means glacier climbing school
The mountains are beginning their springtime transition. This is MM guide Stephen Heath’s favorite time of year, when you can start the day on skis and end climbing at the crag. Its also the time when the summits become more accessible and the skills training and instruction begins for summer climbs.
With full packs and food for several days Stpehen along with three guests headed up the slopes of Mount Rainier, intent to learn crevasse rescue and solidfy their skils to climb the mountain on their own, without guides. They joined us on our Mount Rainier Prep Course to help them reach that goal.
As the powder days of the incredible Cascades winter we had this year come to an end, the mountains become a bit more hospitable for climbers to get back to the glaciers and high peaks. If you want to train on the real deal, there’s no place better than the Cascades. Over three days Stephen and his team enjoyed some great weather, gained some new skills, and kept their plan alive to get back on the mountain later in the summer when the winter’s snows have melted away. (All photos by Stephen Heath)
While the landscape in April this year is still covered in a winter wonderland, soon the sun will come out and the snows start to melt, the rivers will rage, and the access to the high peaks will get better each day. For early season training lots of options exist for getting some instruction in before the glory days of summer arrive. For shorter trips the Introduction to Mountaineering on Ruth Mountain is among the most spectacular and only a two day course covering the fundamentals. Or a longer course with a focus on getting you out on your own, like the Alpine Leadership Course. Lots of options!
We hope that social distancing soon becomes once again the idea of getting out in the mountains to enjoy some peace and quiet, learn some skills, and gain some summits, not staying away from our friends and family due to covid. So whether you’re looking to the future to climb Aconcagua, Mount Baker, or mix it up on the Fisher Chimneys on Mount Shuksan, the time is here to start the preparation. We hope to see you soon.