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Storm Tower

Want an immersive, 3-day applied Alpine Skills Course in the backcountry? This course is the backcountry version of our Alpine Skills, allowing for a thorough multi-day experience and objective oriented structure.



Beginner to intermediate, experience backpacking required


Ability to carry 50 lb pack for 3 days



June to September

Group Size:

1-3 participants


3 days, 2 nights in the mountains


West Rosebud, MT


Rental equipment, group cooking equipment, & instruction from a professional guide 


Food, transportation, lodging, personal items, and guide gratuity

Course Details

This course is the backcountry version of our Alpine Skills, built to give aspiring alpinists the tools they need to start alpine climbing safely on their own. These courses are largely designed based on specific experience and goals of participants, but typically highlight glacial travel, crevasse rescue, snow travel techniques, traditional gear, multi-pitch climbing, multi-pitch rappelling, route selection, and risk management. 

Skills Covered:

  • Multi-day route selection

  • Multi-day preparation & gear 

  • Packing the right equipment 

  • Review of knots, hitches, and belaying

  • Movement on steep snow & self arrest

  • Anchor construction, rock & snow

  • Traditional gear placement

  • Glacial travel & crevasse rescue  

  • Retreat 

  • Campsite selection and considerations

This course is 3 days long and starts early with a gear check at our office in Red Lodge. Day 1 takes us up West Rosebud and into the Huckleberry Creek drainage for a big approach day to camp at Princess Lake. Day 2 starts early with the goal of Storm Tower. On the way, participants learn the skills necessary to climb this objective, including steep snow and alpine rock. On the descent, we stop for lunch and hone in our glacial techniques, learning crevasse rescue and more. Day 3 has time in the morning for reviewing traditional gear and anchors in a ground school setting before hiking out. 


**Don't see a course date listed? Email our office to see if there is one coming up, or start a course of your own! Many of our courses are custom and low ratio, built to your needs.

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