Winter/Spring Mountaineer’s Route

Beginner – Advanced

Winter/Spring Mountaineer’s Route Details:

Length Price Rating Dates
4 Days $1000 Grade 3 Rock, Snow and Ice February 19-22, 2017
March 9-12, 2017
March 23-26, 2017
March 25-28, 2017
March 30-April 2, 2017
April 1-4, 2017
Apr 6-9, 2017
April 13-16, 2017
April 20-23, 2017
May 18-21, 2017
June 1-4, 2017
Custom Dates Avail

Whitney Prep/Basic Snow Travel Course:

Length Price Rating Dates
1 day $180 Snow Travel Instruction March 22, 2016
March 29, 2016
Custom Dates Avail

At 14,508’/4422m Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states.  It is also one of the most sought after mountains in North America.  During the winter and spring months the Mountaineer’s Route is full of snow and is a classic mountaineering challenge.  Crampon, ice axe, and rope travel skills are necessary as well as fixed line and in some conditions running belays are employed.  Over the four-day climb we will set in two expedition style camps with the highest located at the base of the spectacular East Face of Mt. Whitney.  This 25-45 degree climb offers an excellent opportunity to learn and review skills applicable to climbs such as Mt. McKinley, peaks in South America, the Alps, Russia, Nepal, and other big snow climbs.   It is also a good time to test and get comfortable with any new equipment you may have acquired since your last big climb.

Join us and learn why winter/spring climbs of Mt. Whitney’s Mountaineer’s Route have become the single most popular program SMI runs in the Sierra!

Mt. Whitney Trip Information Winter-Spring


This course covers the basics of travel on snow and is a great way to prepare or review your skills for a climb of Whitney. Techniques practiced include use of an ice axe, efficient methods for walking up and down on snow, cramponing skills, travel roped together with other people, all four positions in self arrest techniques and belaying on snow. This course provides practical knowledge applicable whether you plan on climbing snow covered peaks throughout the year, or your backcountry adventures are mainly during the summer months with an occasional snowfield to negotiate.

Basic Snow Travel/Whitney Prep Course Trip Information