Monthly
Dates
Mt. Baker
Location
2 days
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Intermediate
Skill Level

One important responsibility of travelling on a rope team is to be prepared for a rescue in glaciated terrain, and having the technical skills and confidence necessary to do so should be solidified before an accident occurs.

We have designed this 2-day mountaineering course for those with any degree of previous mountaineering experience to learn, develop, and practice essential rescue skills before venturing farther and deeper in the alpine. Our passionate instructors will teach you how to avoid hazardous terrain and give you the technical skills to execute a rescue in multiple scenarios. These skills are imperative for your safety and the safety of your team members when travelling over glaciated terrain or any remote precipitous environment.

Our goal is to see you walk away with the confidence needed to travel through these environments as a competent rope team member.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval. 12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES Mountaineering: Intermediate, or equivalent experience
Excellent physical fitness; the ability to hike in snow for multiple hours with short breaks for an 8 hour day with a 40lb. pack
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Navigation
Mountain Weather
Snow camping
Rope team travel
Rope coiling and glacier rigging
2 and 3 person Crevasse Rescue
Z hauls and C-hauls
INCLUDED Professional instruction
Passes and permits
All group climbing gear including ropes, belay devices, and all artificial protection
NOT INCLUDED Transportation. However, carpool options available.
Personal climbing equipment
Lunches
EQUIPMENT You will receive a full packing list following registration, but please feel free to contact us with any gear or equipment specific questions you have. A brief list of what you will need to provide for yourself:
Personal climbing gear – Multi-day pack, helmet, harness, mountaineering boots, glacier rig, ice tools, crampons
Personal camping gear – Sleeping bag, sleeping pad
Weather appropriate clothing
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT  Crevasse Rescue: Advanced, or join us for one of our custom Mountaineering: Guided Climbs
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

This is a 2-day course with a mandatory pre-trip meeting held at the Kaf Office in Seattle the evening before the course start date.

All participants will be responsible for getting themselves to the pre-trip meeting. Kaf does not provide transportation for the outing, however we recognize that transportation can be challenging.  Once registered, Kaf will provide information regarding meeting times, locations and any required parking permits. If interested in carpooling, we will orchestrate a meeting place between participants.

Out-of-Town Participants:
We recommend that anyone flying in to Seattle to arrive as early as possible on the day before the trip. We also recommend you do not book a return flight until late (red-eye) on the last day of the trip, or the following morning.

Day O (Pre-Trip Meeting)
6:30pm-9pm Pre-trip meeting at our office. You will bring all personal gear and equipment to this meeting. We will go over the route and itinerary as well as go over personal and group gear to ensure everyone has what they need.

Day 1
We will leave Seattle early in the morning to allow us enough time to make it to our high camp. After setting up camp we will spend the rest of the afternoon learning and practicing crevasse rescue skills. In the evening, we will prepare a group dinner and go to bed early to set us up for success on day 2.

Day 2
We will wake up early and spend the day continuing to develop and practice skills.  Curriculum can be found in the details section.  Then we will break down camp, descend, and hike back to the cars. We will answer any final questions and close the day before parting ways to drive back to Seattle. You can expect to be back in Seattle aroumd 7pm.

29 – 30 July
12 – 13 August

Custom courses are always an option. Please contact us to discuss details.

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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.