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Steep Snow Climbing Techniques

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 SE 43rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)

Discuss and practice systems and tools used in steep snow climbing in the alpine environment. Walk away with the confidence in systems used to efficiently move through a lot of terrain with a few partners.

Topics include:

  • Ice tools and technique

  • Boots

  • Crampon systems

  • Snow Anchors

  • Hitches used for tethering

  • Station management and belays

  • Efficient rope coiling and pay out 

Gear Needed: Harness, belay device, locking carabiner

Prerequisites: Basic climbing skills

Instructor: Paul Taylor

Tuition: $55

Max. Class Size: 10

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About the Instructor

Paul Taylor is a Portland based climbing and mountaineering guide. He is an NWAC Instructor and the Oregon Regional Ambassador. He currently works as a lead guide for a Seattle based guide service, Kaf Adventures. Over the course of his 17-year career, he has worked as an instructor, facilitator, and guide for numerous outdoor education companies and guide services across the United States. His deep love of wild places and a passion for teaching have been a driving force in his professional and personal pursuits. His early adventures were focused on primitive living and survival skills and long distance hiking, where he has racked up over 10,000 miles of trail-time, including thru-hikes of the AT, PCT, and many other trails. He is an EMT-B, WFR, LNT Master Educator, and has an AIARE Pro 1 avalanche certification. Additionally, he is continuing to pursue his AMGA certifications. When he’s not teaching or working, he enjoys trail running, mountaineering, cooking, ice climbing, reading, and traveling with his wife and daughters.

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Later Event: November 16
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