This 3-day summit climb is the perfect blend of a skills course and summit climb. We’ve found that this amount of time offers the highest success rate for teams, while still covering all the skills required to efficiently climb the peak.
On day one you’ll ascend to Hidden Valley, where you will set up camp, go over basic snow climbing techniques, and brief for the next day. With an alpine start on day 2, your route takes you up the West Face and on towards the summit. Summiting around midday, you’ll descend back to camp for a leisurely afternoon/evening enjoying the magnificent views from camp and a tasty dinner. Day 3, you’ll have a relaxed breakfast at camp, and then descend down to the trailhead.
The West Face is our first choice for this itinerary. However, depending on conditions, our guides will occasionally select a different route to accomplish the same goals.
- Basic snow climbing, including the use of ice axe and crampons, as well as self-arrest
- Basic rope techniques
Who Can Participate
This trip is the ideal first introduction to big mountain climbing. No previous climbing experience is required. Previous hiking experience is required.
- Food on the mountain
- Group Gear: Tents, Camp Kitchen, etc. (Does not include bowl, fork, spoon, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad)
- Ropes and other Technical Equipment (Does not include mountaineering boots)
- Wilderness Permits
- Guide Fees
The Alpenglow Difference
With countless expeditions to high-altitude peaks around the world over the last 15 years, we bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our beloved “home mountain”. Our teaching and guiding philosophy has been honed from the flanks of the Himalayan giants to the technical peaks of Peru, and we are beyond excited to be able to bring our program to this fantastic mountain. In addition to our international expedition roots, we are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), being one of the very few guide services in the region to hold such a high standard. Each of our guides is trained by the AMGA in the terrain in which they operate, and the program is supervised by internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guides. This high standard, along with our many years of experience, translates to a fantastic mountain adventure!