Learn the skills to climb mountains on your own
This course is customized to meet your needs. A itinerary and timeline are not established. Please contact me and we'll discuss what you'd like to learn and how we can best achieve those goals.
This venue is the non-glaciated mountains above Anchorage. These rocky peaks are ideal for practicing moderate technical scrambling skills such as belaying, rappelling and running belays.
The best year-round glacier ice climbing venue near Anchorage. A two-hour drive to a 15-minute approach. Ideal for all abilities, from solid ice climbers to first time glacier walks.
Fly-In Base Camp
Learn mountaineering skills and apply those skills to climbing big mountains. We fly into the Alaska Range or Chugach Mountains and set up a fat base camp. From there we progress through skill days: glacier school, snow school and rock school. Then we climb mountains around base camp.
If you're purely interested in rope skills, then we can maximize learning and reduce cost by staying in Anchorage and practicing in a quiet park. This often works as a half-day class. See "In-Town Option" below.
The most accessible venue for traveling on a real glacier, with crevasses and summit options.
Meet Joe in the Alps and practice skills on the glaciers and alpine rock surrounding Chamonix, France. See Alps Mountaineering for more information.
All abilities. A strong interest to learn.
1-5 days, all year
- Trip Prep: selecting gear, trip planning, route planning with Google Earth and Gaia, reducing pack weight
- Glacier Travel: glaciology, knots, roping together, snow anchors, escaping the system, self rescue by prusiking, crevasse rescue haul
- Snow Climbing: movement on snow, ice axe use, self-arrest, snow anchors, belaying and rappelling on snow
- Ice Climbing: movement on ice, crampon and ice axe use, ice protection, ice anchors
- Rock Climbing: movement on rock, rock protection, rock anchors, setting up a top rope, lead climbing
- Winter Camping: camp setup, storm readiness, camp cooking, staying warm, reducing pack weight
- Avalanche Avoidance: companion rescue, snowpack observations, terrain management, decision-making
- 1 client: $500 per day
- 2 clients: $300 per person per day
- 3 clients: $225 per person per day
- 4+ clients: $200 per person per day
- See booking for details.
Full Day In-Town Cost
- 1 client: $350 per day
- 2 clients: $175 per person per day
- 3 clients: $125 per person per day
- 4+ clients: $100 per person per day
Half Day In-Town Cost
- 1 client: $250 per half day
- 2 clients: $150 per person per half day
- 3 clients: $100 per person per half day
- 4+ clients: $75 per person per half day
- AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock. A second guide may be added over four clients.
- Ropes, rock, ice and snow protection.
- Some gear is available for loan.
- Navigation, first aid and repair kits
- Emergency communication and shelter
Does Not Include
- Transport. To reduce your costs, the guide will ride with you.
- Lodging, food and drink. See Southcentral Alaska Logistics.
- Personal gear. See Mountaineering Gear List.
- Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.
Photos of Alaska Mountaineering Courses
"We can't thank you enough for giving us the skills to get out on the glacier and not die."
—Rob Lynch, Glacier travel course before their trip to the Ruth Glacier.
"Joe is an excellent guide and person. Incredibly talented, amiable, and accomplished, he was still humble about his accomplishments and made the experience truly great."
—Riley Ewen, mountain skills and ascent at Hatcher Pass.