Opening Date of Mountaineering TBD Upon Snow Conditions
This is a great course for those training to tackle the mountaineer's route at Mt. Whitney or any of the other semi-technical introductory mountain routes in the Western United States. We focus specifically on the skillsets, group tactics, and PPE needed for the tallest mountain route in the lower 48 states.
LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $330 per person
3 people: $220 per person
4+ people: $165 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
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
After meeting the instructors at our headquarters you will sign final paperwork and check out your gear for the day. We’ll travel together up the road to nearby Mt. Baldy. After assessing conditions we’ll either train low on the mountain or travel up the ski lift for training at the top. The focus of the day is specific skillsets needed to tackle the mountaineers route on Mt. Whitney - an advanced Class 3 route. The day typically ends around sunset.
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
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ATS
• Waterproof Pants
• Waterproof Top
• Ice Axe
• Backpack with Waist Strap
• Basic Snow Tools
ITEMS PROVIDED BY STUDENT
• Waterproof Hiking Boots
• Thermal Socks, Thermal Pants, and Thermal Top
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water (per day)
• Clothes to Change Into