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Grade: Beginner
2 Day Course


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The emphasis of this course will be learning fundamental alpine rock climbing skills. The instruction is designed for climbers seeking to gain experience in an alpine mountaineering environment.

Intro to Alpine Rock • 2 Day Course

Come discover the thrill of alpine rock with a climb of The Tooth. Located at Snoqualmie pass just 45 minutes outside of Seattle, The Tooth offers a great day of multi-pitch rock climbing and rewarding views. Day one, allows for a day out in the field, learning and reviewing skills at I-90, Exit 38 before the climb. Our Exit 38 instruction is required for those with little or no rock climbing experience.

Over two days we focus on movement on rock, tying knots, clipping off, use of a belay device and rappelling, plus an ascent of The Tooth.

An alternate training location is Mount Erie and Twin Sisters Peaks in Skagit County, Washington. Mount Erie is a closer location when combining the alpine rock course with one of our mountaineering schools.

Intro to Alpine Rock School Curriculum

  • Movement on rock
  • Equipment
  • Basic climbing knots
  • Multi-pitch instruction
  • Belaying, lowering and rappelling
  • Introduction to anchors and protection

Course Highlights

  • Learn basic alpine rock climbing skills.
  • Develop multi-pitch rock climbing techniques including belaying, rappelling and anchors.
  • Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure training on rock.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Rock Climbing Instruction
Day 2 • Alpine Rock Climb

3 to 1 Climber to Guide Ratio

We lead the Intro to Alpine Rock Course at a 3 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the course.

Northwest Alpine Guides holds a Special Use Permit and is an authorized outfitter guide within Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).”


Course begins and ends in Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest

Plan to arrive the day before the course begins.

Day 1 • Knots and Movement Skills

Meet in North Bend or Sedro Woolley, WA.

Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed PreClimb departure book upon registration including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions.

Our alpine guides will meet you for team introductions, gear check, and group gear distribution. The drive to the trailhead takes approximately 30 minutes.

After a short approach hike to the crag we will cover equipment selection, knots, belaying, rappelling, and practice some movement skills by climbing some shorter pitches.

Accommodations are not included: Overnight at Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Day 2 • The Tooth • 5,604 feet

An early morning hike into the Lost Lake area of Snoqualmie will give us a great view of our objective, The Tooth. Depending on climber ability we can choose from any number of routes to the summit. Putting all the skills we learned yesterday to use, we will ascend and descend safely. From the summit we will have stunning views of the surrounding ranges.

After descending the climb, we pack our gear and retrace our hike to the trailhead. We generally arrive back to the trailhead by late-afternoon and conclude our adventure once at the trailhead.

An alternate training location is Mount Erie and Twin Sisters Peaks in Skagit County, Washington. Mount Erie is a closer location when combining the alpine rock course with one of our mountaineering schools.

Plan to depart the day after the course ends.

Itinerary Notes
Northwest Alpine Guides makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner


Where to Meet

8:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in North Bend or Sedro Woolley for equipment check before heading to the trailhead. We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.

Deposit and Payments

$200.00 deposit per person includes a non-refundable registration fee, due with application. Balance due 90 days prior to start date.

Price Includes

  • Guided instruction
  • Boiled water for meals
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
  • Wilderness Permits

Price Does Not Include

  • Transportation
  • Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
  • Meals and snack food
  • Personal gear
  • Hotels or lodging
  • Camping fees
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Staff gratuities


Our guides are dedicated to working hard to ensure your success and well-being on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Tips normally average 10 – 20% of the cost of the program. If you prefer to transfer funds, please send gratuities through

Date Changes

Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 45 days prior to your departure date for a $125 fee per person. Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. There are no date changes allowed less than 45 days before departure.

Age Guidelines

Participants age 16 & 17, on a fixed date group climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Participants age 15 or under, NWAG requires a private climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

A minor climber must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian throughout the entirety of the program. If either climber must descend at any time during the program, both climbers must descend together.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that all participants consider travel and trip cancellation insurance. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection in the event of a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or while traveling. Northwest Alpine Guides does not insure you against these risks. For more info about current coverage plans and quotes please visit.


We recommend Assure Adventure Plans to cover travelers participating in climbing, skiing, mountaineering and trekking programs. Click here for a quote Reference code: MOUN0700WA

Adventure Plan and Adventure Plus Plan differ only in the coverage option which allows you to Cancel for Any Reason. In order to receive Cancel for Any Reason coverage you must purchase the Adventure Plan Plus within 15 days of paying your deposit or payment with NWAG.

Global Rescue

We recommend Signature Travel Insurance. For travel insurance or Global Rescue membership.
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Since departures require a minimum number of participates, Northwest Alpine Guides must adhere to a stringent refund policy. The policy is intended to protect participants who have otherwise committed time and resources to the departure. Please read our Online Reservation for Terms and Conditions.