Mountaineer, climb and backcountry ski in the mountains of California’s High Sierra

Sierra Mountaineering International

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Mountain climbing in California's High Sierra

With a home base in Bishop, California, Sierra Mountaineering International was founded by Kurt Wedberg in the fall of 1995. The staff of professional Sierra mountain guides provides beginning to advanced levels of mountaineering in California and other national and international venues including guiding and instruction in rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and peak ascents.

Sierra Rock Climbing Shool

The introduction to rock climbing includes hand and foot techniques for face and crack climbing, belay skills, and rappelling. After successful completion of the introductory course, climbers practice crack and face techniques, frictioning, stemming and other rock climbing techniques. An anchor building workshop covers building solid anchors for top roping, belaying and rescue. It includes correct placement of protection devices and practice establishing complete anchor systems.

Ice Climbing with Sierra Mountain Guides

The Sierra has good ice climbing conditions most of the year. The outfitter offers beginner through advanced level ice climbing techniques. Instruction covers front point and flat foot cramponing, tool placement, reading ice conditions, placing ice screws, multiple anchors in ice, and additional skills.

Backcountry Skiing

The Sierra has thousands of acres of backcountry skiing and snowboarding terrain. These Sierra Mountain guides offer guided tours throughout the Sierra. One day trips, overnights, and multi-day trips are available. Trips are designed for experienced or novice backcountry skiers. Custom trips can be developed on request.

Mountaineering in California

Five-day courses are designed to meet the requirements of mountaineers of all levels of experience. Seminars are led by experienced Sierra mountain guides who have climbed all over the world. Skills and techniques covered in the seminars include ice ax skills, cramponing, snow and glacier travel, basic rock climbing, and expedition camping. Other topics include weather, mountain medicine, equipment, and conditioning.  The Seminar tops off with an attempted summit of a classic Sierra peak to test the skills acquired during the previous four days.

Backpacking: Backcountry Navigation

The Level I Course is a two-day backpacking trip that covers equipment selection and use, how to load a backpack, how to plan meals, and how to select a campsite. Also covered is weather, lightning, and animals you might encounter while backpacking. The Level II 2-day course covers advanced backpacking and backcountry navigation.

Avalanche School

Avalanche courses are a good investment for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, winter campers and those who mountaineer in the winter. Sierra Mountaineering International Level I and Level II courses follow the curriculum of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

U.S. Expeditions

Expeditions include climbing and mountaineering in California on 14,000’ peaks; Classic Sierra Climbs, Mixed Classic Climbs, Classic Alpine Rock Climbs, Classic Alpine Ice Climbs; and Mount Whitney by several different routes. Specific details about Sierra Mountaineering Expeditions, including international expeditions, are available on the outfitter’s website.

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