nakutial wrote:... training classes through companies like International Mountain Guides, Alpine Ascents, and etc... I am just wondering if these are worth it, or at when they would be appropriate to take them.
Fletch wrote:Damien's suggestions are all right on. When I took "the next step" I ended up meeting a Seven Summit guy and he said he really enjoyed the guides at American Apline Institute and that I should call them to do a trip/school. I called and said I'd like to go to Aconcagua some day and what would they recommend for a 6-10 day instructional course (I didnt care for the Seven Summit thing and was really thinking of a Rainier prep course or something) --- they said with that much time, why not just go to AK and go from there? I said sure. Two years later, went right past Aconcagua and went straight to Denali. I also met five or so future climbing partners in those classes and I still climb with one to this day --- and I use AAI for anything pushing my limits outside of CO/CA. They are really great people.
Damien Gildea wrote:Fletch wrote:... there really is no wrong answer ...
So you're saying the last 10 years and two months on this site have been a complete waste of time? Dang!
Vitaliy M. wrote:So when are we going for the top of the world? With Russell Bryce I hope, heard he is the best of the best.
Catamount wrote:If you are going to be in Arlington, VA, you will be within weekend striking distance of the Adirondacks (NY) and White Mountains (NH). Both will offer you plenty of opportunities to learn winter camping and mountaineering skills that translate well to other parts of this country (speaking from experience). There is certainly a lot you can learn on your own just by picking a peak, jumping in your car and heading north in the middle of February. There are also good winter schools in both the Lake Placid and North Conway areas to increase your skill set beyond "just" hiking. Good luck.
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