Women's Skills Seminars with International Mountain Guides
IMG's Skills Seminars are our most in depth, hands-on training programs, offering a generous amount of time to build your proficiency in critical alpine climbing skills. Our women's programs are equally suitable as an introduction course for first time climbers, or a comprehensive refresher course for veterans of past climbing adventures looking for a spectacular climb and in-depth mountaineering curriculum. Unlike our summit climbs, these programs are not solely focused on making it to the top. Our primary goal during our Women's Skills Seminars is to build your competence and confidence in the mountains while offering a unique team dynamic, building lasting relationships, and having a great time on an empowering adventure.
During your seminar, your guides will delve into great detail during the training, lectures, informal discussions, and hands-on skills sessions to allow you to comprehensively understand the topics covered. At the end of the program we will make a summit bid as a team, utilizing the training we have learned during the seminar. The Women's Skills Seminars are the right choice if you are serious about becoming proficient in climbing in order to use your skills on other challenging mountains.
The curriculum of our Women's Skills Seminars includes many topics fundamental to general mountaineering. However, your guides have the flexibility to determine the current skillsets and intentions of all of the participants and adjust the content as necessary to give you the best experience possible.
We look forward to meeting you and working together to build individual competence and confidence in the mountains, and share a powerful and meaningful adventure in a spectacular setting!
Mt. Shuksan Women's Skills Seminar
Mount Shuksan is one of the highest non-volcanic peaks in the Pacific Northwest at 9,127 feet. It is also one of the most strikingly beautiful peaks in the United States, which makes it one of the most photographed mountains in the world. The varied and world-class terrain make it a perfect training ground for our six-day all-women's mountaineering course which culminates in a summit bid of this breathtaking peak.
Our approach to Mt. Shuksan has it all for the aspiring mountaineer: A beautiful hike through dense forest and up into the alpine zone will lead to the base of permanent snow. The rolling glaciated terrain above camp is perfect for our training in mountaineering skills.
Our route of ascent to the summit is via the Sulphide Glacier, the most direct route up the mountain with the fewest technical difficulties. The broad rolling expanse of the Sulphide Glacier provides a moderate roped glacier approach to the final 600-foot rock summit. The final summit pyramid involves climbing steep snow in early summer, or in the later summer months it is fourth-class rock scrambling with a few low fifth-class moves. Your guides will take you through the comprehensive trainings and practical skills sessions necessary to successfully and safely reach the summit of Mt. Shuksan, providing a classic Northwest mountain experience.
All participants must be in very good physical condition. The need to train for this climb cannot be overstressed! For several months prior to the start of the climb, training should include lots of long, slow, distance runs over hilly terrain, an hour or more in duration, and at least one outing per week carrying a heavy pack (45-50 pounds) up and down steep hills or stairs. These sessions should gain 2-3,000 feet over three or more miles.
Possible Course Objectives:
- Ice axe and ice tool use
- Ice climbing
- Belaying and rappelling
- Route finding and navigation
- Glacier travel and rope management
- Crevasse rescue
- Anchor systems in ice and snow
- Short roping and short pitching
- Ascending and descending fixed lines
- Glacier and snow camping and shelters