Opening Date of Mountaineering TBD Upon Snow Conditions
Our two day course which covers the finer points of snow camping is perfect for mountaineers looking to move into the world of snow or just backpackers wanting to enjoy the beauty of winter camping. During this course, we will take time to build snow shelters (conditions permitting), analyze most of the dangers associated with snow camping including avalanche risk assessment, learn how to efficiently and safely use snowshoes, food options, energy conservation, winter navigation in whiteout conditions, and basic first aid.
LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $660 per person
3 people: $440 per person
4+ people: $330 per person
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LOS ANGELED, CA AREA
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST
Contact ATS prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Closest Airports: Burbank (BUR), Burbank California.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
While each course varies in exact meeting location and time, all Mountaineering courses will take place within the Angeles National Forest. Upon registration a course packet will be emailed to you with further details on the course.
TRAVEL AND OTHER INFORMATION
• Professional Instruction
• Technical canyoneering equipment during the course
• Sample rope and webbing
• Campsite or lodging for one night.
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
You'll meet your instructor at a group meeting spot where final paperwork is
signed and gear is checked out. We'll carpool from here to our canyon choice of the day. A moderate hike (1-3 miles) will take us to the drop in point for the canyon. A talk on personal protective equipment, the basic technical gear, the layering method, the TERM's of a canyon, and a rope talk will prepare us for our first rappel. The rest of the day will blur by as you learn to set your own ropes, put yourself on rappel, set your friction, and make your way safely down the waterfall. We'll finish the canyon at around sundown and head back to our campsite.
DAY 1 - THE BEGINNING
We start our day with a ground school at our canyon location discussing all the various forms of anchors in the sport. These include natural anchors such as webbing around trees & rocks, knot chocks, deadman, and pickets. We'll also look at fixed anchors and how to safely inspect a bolt in the rock. Considerable time will be spent discussing and building anchors safe enough to leave for others to use. We will discuss the local anchor ethics and how it differs from canyon to canyon. After completing the ground school, we'll venture into the canyon and spend the rest of the day building innovative, safe anchors at each drop before finishing again around sundown, occasionally finishing after dark.
DAY 2 - ANCHORS
Mountaineering is a marathon not a sprint. There is typically a several mile hike into a campsite while wearing a 20-30 pound backpack. This hike will at some points be on uneven terrain and at other times on an established trail. You will potentially be exposed to cold water, snow, high air temps, poisionous plants and animals, and adverse weather conditions.
We have taken clients as young as 12 and as old as 72 snow camping. Our main stipulation is you must fit within the size requirements for a harness (typically under a size 40 waist and under 350 pounds). Beyond that you should possess a general fitness level and enjoy hiking in the outdoors. If you have a specific question about the sport please contact us.
WHAT TO BRING
• Waterproof Pants
• Waterproof Top
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ATS
• Ice Axe
• Backpack with Waist Strap
• 0 Degree Sleeping Bag
• Insulating Sleeping Pad
• 4 Season Tent
• Basic Snow Tools
• Jetboil Stove
• Waterproof Hiking Boots
• Thermal Socks, Thermal Pants, and Thermal Top
ITEMS PROVIDED BY STUDENT
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water (per day)
• After Camping Clothes