4-Day Mountaineering Course, Alpine Rock & Snow

The skills and techniques taught during this course are a strong foundation for the aspiring mountaineer and alpinist. This course is conducted in easily accessed and unmatched alpine terrain on Pikes Peak. With this ease of access we have more time in alpine terrain. This is our most popular and intensive program and our participants take this training to the great mountain ranges of the world.

Trip requirements: This is an intermediate level course and some previous mountaineering/climbing experience is necessary. Days average 10 hours so all participants should be in great physical condition.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Risk management in alpine terrain
  • Knot craft
  • Belaying techniques for rock and snow
  • Anchors for rock and alpine terrain
  • Rock climbing skills
  • Snow climbing skills
  • Rope management
  • Self arrest/team arrest
  • Snow anchors, pickets, ice axe T-trench, bollards, etc.
  • Introduction to short rope & short pitch terrain

Sample Course Itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at PPAS shop in downtown Colorado Springs to go over all gear required for the course. Discuss risk management and climbers resources. Climb for the remainder of the day and overnight Colorado Springs.

Day 2: Meet 7am for rock climbing in an alpine setting on Pikes Peak. Skills covered are climbing 4th and 5th class, advanced belaying, anchors, rappelling, route-finding, and map, compass and altimeter.

Day 3: Meet at 7am for a day of snow school and alpine rock/snow climbing on Pikes Peak. Refresh foundational footwork and self-arrest techniques then move into roped and un-roped steep snow climbing skills.

Day 4: Ascent of Pikes Peak via a more technical route utilizing all the skills learned over past three days. Participants may be in the lead for portions of this ascent.

Guides will tailor this itinerary in order to best match the skills and interests of the group with the mountain weather and route conditions.

2017 course dates: $680 

  • April 21-24
  • June 1-4

Public Course Pricing

$680/climber

  • 36-40 hour public course (4-day)
  • Price is per person
  • 4:1 max. ratio
  • 2:1 min. ratio to run course

*Pikes Peak Highway tollgate fee of $15/person/day not included when we use the highway.

*This course may include overnights on the mountain (conditions dependent).

Call 719-368-9524 or contact us to book this course for one or more climbers.

As always, this course can be scheduled any day of the week as private instruction. Private courses for 3 or more climbers qualify for discounted rates.

Private Course Pricing

1 climber, 1 guide
$1,255

2 climbers, 1 guide
$795

3 climbers, 1 guide
$685

4 climbers, 1 guide
$615

  • 36-40 hour private (4-day)
  • Prices are per person
  • 4:1 max. ratio

*Pikes Peak Highway tollgate fee of $15/person/day not included when we use the highway.

*This course may include overnights on the mountain (conditions dependent).

Call 719-368-9524 or contact us to book a private for one or more climbers.

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Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer