You will meet your guide for the day and head to one of our climbing areas. You will learn introductory skills and spend the day practicing what you learn on low angle multi-pitch climbs and rappels. Most groups are back to the office by 4:30 or 5:00.
Your second day of instruction is another all-day class at one of our climbing areas. You will use the skills you learned in day 1, to climb steeper and more difficult climbs. The day will also include an overhanging rappel.
You will meet your guide for the day at our office at 9:45. After introductions and information sharing, the guide will do a gear check and your group will begin the hike to the lower saddle. The hike is strenous and typically takes 5-7 hours. You will gain 5,000 ft. of elevation in approximately 7 miles. The day will include rest stops along the way, and lunch in a beautiful alpine meadow. In the late afternoon or early evening you will reach our hut at the lower saddle which serves as our basecamp. After an early dinner, the guides will share information about the next day’s summit attempt, and then its early to bed so you get plenty of rest.
The alarm goes off at 3:00 am. After a quick breakfast, the climbing groups will be formed and your summit attempt will begin. The day includes approximately 2,500 ft. of hiking, scrambling and technical climbing to the summit. Most groups top out around 8:00 and spend some time enjoying the summit view. Groups are typically back to the hut for lunch and a short rest before heading down to the trail head. This is typically a 12-15 hour day and groups return to the office tired and happy!
EARLY SEASON: (typically programs beginning before July 12th) A day of snow school must be added to this itinerary as Day 3, making the climb a 5-day program. An additional fee applies for this day of instruction, which includes necessary skills for snow travel.
NOTE: This is a typical itineray, and it varies depending on group abilities and conditions on the mountain. Most groups will attempt to reach the true summit and our guides have a very high success rate. With weaker groups though, the west summit (also known as the Enclosure) will be the goal. This isn’t common, however if you are concerned that your summit attempt could be impacted by other climbers’ abilities, you should consider a private climb.