MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS SEMINARS, WINTER/SPRING
Thank you for your interest in our Mountaineering Seminars. These five day courses are an excellent training program for mountaineers of all abilities. They are led by veteran alpinists who have climbed all over the world. This brings a wealth of knowledge few other companies can rival. The Sierra Nevada range provides an excellent setting for our seminars and with so many places to choose from we can pick the location that will best suit our needs at any given time of year.
We have two primary goals on our Mountaineering Seminars. The first is to get
in as much experience and training in mountaineering techniques as we can during the
five days. Some of the topics we will practice include ice axe skills, cramponing, snow
and glacier travel, basic rock climbing, rope handling, route finding, snow anchors, crevasse
rescue, technical ice climbing, and expedition camping. Evenings will be spent
discussing issues such as weather, mountain medicine, equipment selection, and
training for mountaineering. Our second goal is to make a summit attempt on a classic
Sierra peak putting in to practice the techniques we have reviewed throughout the
There is room in our itinerary to adjust for weather, route conditions, and specific
interests within the group. For the beginning mountaineer this seminar is a
chance to learn the skills used to climb on peaks in the lower 49 states and all over the
world. For the more experienced climber it is an opportunity to bring your skills to a
new level and have five days to pick the brains of professional climbers and learn from
their experiences. It is also a great opportunity to train for an upcoming big climb such
as Mt. McKinley, peaks in South America, and more, as well as being an excellent time
to try out and get comfortable with your personal equipment.
The seminar is organized and led by Kurt Wedberg or another senior guide with
Sierra Mountaineering International. SMI senior guides are all veteran alpinists intimately
familiar with modern American mountaineering techniques. Kurt is a Himalayan
veteran who has three successful ascents of Mt. Everest by two different routes and 100+ major
expeditions to all seven continents on his resume. He has numerous peak ascents throughout
the Sierra Nevada range over the past 30 years. Kurt was also a senior guide on
Mt. Rainier from 1991 – 2006 where he amassed 120 ascents of this peak. Kurt is the
founder of Sierra Mountaineering International and runs it from his home in Bishop,
California along the slopes of the beautiful Eastern Sierra.
PREREQUISITES AND CONDITIONING
Proper physical conditioning is essential for a safe and positive experience in the
mountains. A rigorous training program should be started well in advance of our trip that maximizes your leg, cardiovascular, and respiratory strength and endurance. Walking on hills, sand dunes, stairs, or stadium steps with a pack on your back is excellent training as well as bicycling, swimming, and running.
FOOD AND EQUIPMENT
We will provide all the breakfasts and dinners for the week as well as group gear including
tents, ropes, climbing gear, stoves, and cookware. There is a personal equipment list
included which gives an idea of what will be required from each participant. In addition, each team member will need to supply their own lunch food. Ideas for this will be given in future material.
TRANSPORTATION, LODGING, AND LOGISTICS
If you are flying, your choice of airports are LA, Reno, Bakersfield, Lancaster and Las
Vegas. Alaska Airlines offers daily service into Mammoth Lakes from Los Angeles. Airfares
and flight schedules will vary depending on where you are coming from. Rent a car from there and head to our location which will be determined as the trip time nears. The listed airports (besides Mammoth Lakes) are about a 4-5 hour drive away from our base in Bishop.
Thereare many good motels along the Eastern Sierra and camping is also available close to most locations. A list of lodging options, camping sites, and directions from any airport is available from us upon request. The seminars will meet at 7 AM on the first day. We plan to be done by 5 PM on the final day. Seminars are normally scheduled Monday – Friday. Alternate days and dates can also be made by special arrangement.
COST AND SIGNING UP
$1380.00 per person based on a group of three or more. This includes professional
guides and instruction, breakfasts and dinners during the trip, climbing permits, and use of all group equipment. Private courses tailored around specific needs and training can also be set up anytime of the year. For more information and to sign up, please fill contact SMI via phone of email.
March 15-19, 2017
April 19-23, 2017
May 24-28, 2017
Custom Dates and Private Guiding Also Available