The Rock Climbing + Mountaineering Expedition is an adventurous 15-day introduction to outdoor top-rope climbing and alpine backpacking in a beautiful and secluded part of Montana’s high country. In addition to acquiring foundational backpacking and outdoor skills, students will learn to identify mountain hazards, assess area conditions, plan travel routes, and learn technical climbing systems to navigate rocky and snowy alpine terrain. The expedition team will apply this new knowledge daily on a challenging progression of climbing objectives.
Students on this expedition should expect to wake up early, carry a heavy backpack, step out of their comfort zone, and support each other through physical and mental challenges. Those who do so are rewarded with the incredible beauty, serenity, and satisfaction of accomplishment in the mountains.
This expedition allows participants to explore and expand their personal relationship with the mountains. We strive to foster a conservation ethic in our students as they develop a connection to place and gain an understanding of the importance of wild places and the different components of an alpine ecosystem. Along the way, students will learn and applyLeave No Trace® land stewardship principles and practice leadership and group management techniques. Each participant will have several opportunities to act as the Expedition Leader of the Day, guiding group decision-making and travel in the mountains. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life.