WEMBA Alaska Venture
Your development as a mountaineer will begin with the basics. Learning to “live well” and to care for yourself, your fellow expedition members, your equipment and the environment in a variety of conditions are the foundation for advanced mountaineering and the focus of our core curriculum. Early on, you will master camping, cooking and basic travel skills. In addition to snow and ice, you may negotiate slopes of loose scree.
Once close to the glacier, you will move into the climbing curriculum beginning with knots, rope handling, rope-team travel, self-arrest and belaying. You will spend time practicing these skills and learning to live and travel responsibly in glaciated terrain. The hiking distances covered daily will vary, giving everyone a chance to get used to the heavy packs, snowshoes, and rope-team travel.
As your experience builds, you’ll move into more technically demanding terrain, you’ll be exposed to more advanced skills such as crevasse rescue, route finding on a glacier, avalanche hazard assessment and the use of 4th class rope systems for protection during more exposed travel. There will be days set aside for skill practice, ice climbing, or peak ascents when you won’t move camp, but you should be aware that a number of factors often preclude successful summit attempts. You will probably move camp 4-5 times.
Group dynamics and leadership are integral parts of the Venture. You will learn how to live and work closely with your course mates while you travel through the mountains. Having tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, willingness to work hard, and respect for your comrades will be critical to the success of the expedition as a whole.
There is high rigor during this expedition.
Costs & Equipment
The cost of the expedition is $3500 and includes all mountaineering gear.