Mountaineering & Alpinism



  • Intermediate Snow Climbing
  • Advanced Snow Climbing
  • Basic Mountaineering School

mountaineering COURSES

Ice Climbing


ice climbing COURSES

climbing & mountaineering schools

high altitude mountaineering school (hams/pikes peak)

The Pikes Peak Group High Altitude Mountaineering School runs in the fall and winter every other year. It will be held in the Fall of 2023 and into 2024. This is a course designed for those climbers who want to go beyond the 14ers to take on high altitude (15,000' plus) and glaciated mountains. Classroom sessions include such topics as equipment, medical concerns, nutrition and menu planning, fitness and training, organizing an expedition, and group dynamics. Field sessions cover such topics as roped travel, crevasse rescue, climbing alpine ice, and winter camping. A graduation climb of Mt. Rainier takes place at the end of the course. Prerequisite: All BMS classes. 

contact hams director (pikes peak)

Technical climbing school (TCS)

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Technical Climbing School connects aspiring climbers with their vertical ambitions. Classes and trips are designed to teach the technical elements of rock and snow climbing, including the use of ropes, anchors, ice tools, protection, crampons and specialized skills to safely negotiate challenging terrain. The class modules are ideal for individuals with goals such as leading fifth-class rock, ice climbing or ascending difficult peaks.

Technical climbing school (Denver)

basic mountaineering school (Boulder)

The aim of the BMS program is to provide students with an introduction to the skills they will need as they continue to spend time in the mountains. These skills are introduced and practiced through lectures, field trips and additional rock and high peak climbs.




Within the Technical Climbing School, you can take 6 of our 17 classes to earn a certificate in Alpine Climbing. Think of the Alpine Climbing School (ACS) as an academic/vocational degree within the Technical Climbing School.

alpine climbing school (Denver)

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Take your mountaineering skills to the next level. After completing Alpine Climbing School, you are eligible to take Glacier Travel Mountaineering School. The Glacier Travel Mountaineering School is for CMC members who are interested in learning and practicing the glacier travel and alpine skills that are needed to safely climb and enjoy glaciated mountains, including Peaks in the Pacific Northwest (Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams), Denali, the Andes, and the Himalayas! Glacier Travel culminates in a climb of Mt. Rainier, Mt Baker, Mt Adams or a similar high, glaciated peak.

glacier travel school (Denver)

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