Learn from on of the nations top mountaineering and alpine climbing schools

Mountaineering is pure adventure. Alpine climbing and mountaineering encompasses the full range of mountain climbing disciplines including rock climbing, ice climbing and snow climbing in an "alpine" or high mountain environment.

Our Sierra Nevada & Cascade mountaineering courses are carefully designed to train mountain climbers of all ability levels to move efficiently through alpine terrain, whether on rock, snow, or ice. We will train you in the the mountain skills needed to help you achieve your mountain climbing goals, whether it be simply to experience a local peak or to climb some of the world's great mountains.

Why train for climbing with California Alpine Guides?

  • California’s top mountaineering school with a 5-star Tripadvisor rating.

  • A more personalized learning experience at a fantastic value

  • We provide all of your gear at no extra cost…all you need are your clothes! Unlike some other local companies we don’t “nickel and dime” you with extra charges for food and gear

  • Learn world standard techniques from American Mountain Guides Assoc. trained or certified mountain guides

  • Small group sizes and individualized attention

Winter Mountaineering Courses


Our most popular winter mountain climbing courses, we've been running these winter mountaineering courses in the High Sierra of California for over ten years. Receive top notch mountaineering training, including avalanche awareness, in all aspects of alpine winter mountaineering from a professional AMGA trained mountain guide.

Intro To Winter Mountaineering Course
Sawtooth Range, Eastern Sierra - 3 days
An introduction to winter mountain climbing

Intermediate/Advanced Winter Mountaineering
Sawtooth Range, Eastern Sierra - 5 days
Technical ice climbing & winter climbing training


Ice Climbing Classes

Our ice climbing classes are run in the Lee Vining and June Lake area in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The ice in the cold canyons of the Lee Vining and June Lake offer some of the best and most consistent waterfall ice climbing on the West Coast. Receive ice climbing training from our ice climbing guides right here in California.

Introduction to Ice Climbing Class
Lee Vining/June Lake, Eastern Sierra - 2 days
A fun introduction to the world of ice climbing

Intermediate/Advanced Ice Climbing Class
Lee Vining, Eastern Sierra - 2 days
More advanced & in-depth ice climbing training


Summer Mountaineering Courses & Guided Alpine Climbs

Our mountain climbing courses during the summer in the Sierra Nevada, and on Mount Shasta, are great all round training for mountaineering and alpine climbing as they provide year round snow and glaciers to give you a full mountain climbing experience. Our mountain climbing courses are designed to help you climb mountains on your own or to join us on one of our international mountaineering expeditions. Our professional AMGA trained and/or certified mountain guides will show you the way!

Beginner Climbing Courses

Intro to Mountaineering Course - 3 day
Sawtooth Ridge, High Sierra
A fun introduction to the world of mountain climbing

Snow Climbing Skills Class - 1 day
Eastern Sierra Nevada
Learn the basics of ice axe and crampon use

Alpine Mountaineering Course - 6 day
The Sawtooth Range, Sierra Nevada
In-depth Alpine mountaineering training

Mount Shasta Summit Climb
Mount Shasta, California - 3 days
Learn mountaineering while climbing Mount Shasta

Intermediate/Advanced Mountaineering Courses & Guided Alpine Climbs

Bear Creek Spire Alpine Rock Climb
High Sierra - 2 days
Rock climbing high in the Sierra Nevada

High Sierra One-Day technical Peak Ascents
High Sierra - 1 day
The best high Sierra rock routes done in one day

Palisades Fourteeners Climb
Mt Sill, North Palisades, Polemonium, Thunderboldt & Starlight Peak - 5 days

Alpine Rock Climbing Course
Mammoth Lakes & The High Sierra - 4 days
Learn proper alpine rock climbing techniques

Temple Crag Alpine Rock Climb
High Sierra - 2 days
Climb the classic celestial aretes

Mount Shasta Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Mount Shasta, Hotlum Glacier - 5 days
Learn glacier travel techniques & crevasse rescue