Sierra Mountain Center

California’s premier mountaineering school and guide service – Bishop, CA

Snowskills with SMC

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A lot of people think that winter is the time to learn ice axe and crampon skills. Not so; when the snow is deep and soft ice axe and crampons will not add a lot of safety and security and it is better to be on skis.
But now that we have hard snow, cold nights and good cramponing conditions spring is the time to pick up these skills.
We did our first skills course up at Rock Creek Lake on Sunday April 30th and conditions were perfect.
We covered, cramponing, ice axe work, step kicking, belaying, self arrest and talked about a host of other things – such as why glissading is generally a bad idea.
So come join us on a course this spring.

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Written by SP Parker

May 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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