WINTER ADVENTURES

Explore Mount St. Helens’ scenic wintry areas with us and learn what makes this volcano and the Northwest so special!  Our Winter Adventures in 2019 are a wonderful way to learn more advanced mountaineering skills like avalanche awareness and winter camping techniques along the beautiful slopes of Mount St. Helens. 

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AVALANCHE: AIARE 1

Meeting Location: Marble Mountain Sno-Park


Difficulty: Strenuous


Minimum Age: 18+ or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval

Tuition: $395

If you enjoy winter mountaineering or snow sports of any kind, having an avalanche education is critical to the continued enjoyment and risk awareness of winter wonderlands. The ability to recognize avalanche terrain and have a decision making frame work to travel in avalanche terrain is critical to your safety. This AIARE Level 1 avalanche course, offered in partnership with Kaf Adventures, is designed to give students a basic understanding of why avalanches occur and to develop a framework for making decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. Additionally, the course provides instruction in beacon use and companion rescue should an avalanche occur.

January 18-20 | Registration link will redirect you to register through Kaf Adventures, please choose "January 18-20: Mt. St. Helens Institute"

WINTER MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS

Distance: 7-12 miles


Meeting Location: Marble Mountain Sno-Park


Difficulty: Exreme

Minimum Age: 12+ (minors must be accompanied by adult)

Tuition: $395

Ready to challenge your summer climbing routine? This two-day course will provide you with the fundamentals of winter mountaineering and snow camping. You will learn skills such as ice axe techniques, crampon and snowshoe use, how to build snow shelters, and how to stay warm while snow camping in the Pacific Northwest. This trip will hike 3 miles up to treeline to build a snow camp above Chocolate Falls, and practice skills on higher elevation slopes before returning to camp for dinner. Participants should be prepared to spend two full days in winter conditions. No winter experience necessary, though participants should have hiked Mount St. Helens or similar in the past. Participants will be asked to provide personal sleeping gear and a 3- or 4-season tent, though if you do not have one we can match you up with someone who does. 

March 9-10
March 16-17

 

Click here for a suggested packing list. For all other questions, please contact us at climb@mshinstitute.org or call 360-449-7883