Every year, tragedy strikes in the mountains when snow covers the trails. The accidents are unfortunate, but not surprising. What in the dry, warm months of summer might be a straightforward hike, after snow falls can become full-on winter mountaineering.
Kurt Wedberg, founder of Sierra Mountaineering International in Bishop, California joined us to talk about when a “hike in the snow” becomes winter mountaineering, and what that means for gear, knowledge and experience requirements. Learn basic techniques and hazard assessment that will help keep you safe (and know when to turn around).
This is a recording of a webinar held on January 30, 2023.
Learning More about Winter Mountaineering
You can connect with Kurt at Sierra Mountaineering International. SMI is based in Bishop, California and regularly runs classes on snow travel skills, avalanche awareness, and winter mountaineering in addition to guided climbs both in California and around the world. I took my AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Awareness training there several years ago, and the instruction and hands-on learning was top notch.
The final 20 minutes of the video included live Q&A with attendees. If you have questions that were not answered in the video, you can add it as a comment below and we will do what we can to get you an answer.