Month: January 2020

Snow Travel Courses in Full Swing

Moving as a Team to Start Day 1 of Snow Travel School
Photo Courtesy of: Connie Kim

We, at SMI, have started running our Snow Travel Courses getting those new to mountaineering and those needing to renew their skills ready to safely enjoy the snowy mountains this season. Come join us for Day 1 and/or Day 2 to practice and develop your skills in snowy terrain.

Guides: Sara & Hjordis demonstrating proper Ice Axe – Self Arrest Positioning
Photo Courtesy of: Connie Kim

Day One – Snow Travel School

This course covers the basics of travel on snow. 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, 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.

Self-Arrest Practice
Photo Courtesy of: Connie Kim

Day Two – Snow Anchors and Crevasse Rescue Course
We offer this course as a second day add-on to our Snow Travel School or as a stand alone day.

This is school covers essential skills needed for anyone planning to climb on snowy terrain steep enough warrant placing anchors for protection, or on glaciated routes. Topics discussed include various pulley systems, and the application of different types of snow anchors. We will also cover related subjects such as rescue priorities and procedures, team management, and safety considerations. The advantages and disadvantages of different types of equipment will be discussed throughout the day.

Client demonstrating a Prussik
Photo Courtesy of: Connie Kim
Snow Anchor Practice
Photo Courtesy of: Connie Kim

$150 per person/day.
If a course has less than three participants our private rates apply:  $360 for one person, $250 per person for two people.

Dates Available:
February 1 (1-slot left!)
February 8
February 15
February 22
February 29
March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 24
May 2
May 9
And on a Private Basis

Hope to see you out there soon!

Are You Ready for Some Backcountry Fun This Season???

Table Mountain, February 2019

It sounds great! No crowds, open picture-perfect mountain views, and beautiful deep powder lines.

Make sure you and your friends are ready and safe this season in order to make the most out of your backyard/backcountry experience.

Sierra Mountaineering International is already conducting Avalanche Training Courses don’t miss out on the skills that keep you safe and give you the freedom to travel!

Level 1 AIARE Courses
Where you will learn about:
Types of avalanches
Characteristics of avalanches
An introduction to how avalanches form and release
Avalanche terrain
Trip planning and preparation
Travel techniques
Decision making
Avalanche rescue

Course SPOTS Still Available:
January 10-12, 2020
February 21-23, 2020
March 13-15, 2020

Sign Up Here:

Fine Search, Field Training
Snow Profile, Field Training
Snow Study, Field Training
Compression Test, Field Training
Another safe, fun, and beautiful day in the Sierra – Hope to see ya out there!