Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 3

Overview

Men's Journal calls this program "the country's most respected and thorough rock and mountaineering course." It has four 12-day segments, and you can choose to take one, two, three, or all four. AMTL Part 1 provides a comprehensive introduction to all the skills of alpine mountaineering, general team leadership, and leading rope teams on glaciers. Part 2 develops techniques for leading multi-pitch rock routes while further advancing technical and evaluative skills on snow, ice, and rock. Part 3 allows you to continue to develop your technical leadership skills while providing an opportunity to focus those skills on one of two areas. Part 4 is an expedition in which all of the skills developed are employed in a remote and complex big mountain setting.

 

Part 3 - Advanced Climbing and Leadership

The third portion of the Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership Program provides the opportunity to practice and apply the skills that you learned in Parts 1 and 2 while engaging in a series of new advanced alpine techniques.

The earlier courses laid a solid foundation for your skills as a mountaineer, an ice climber, and a rock climber. This advanced level course provides an opportunity for you to apply those techniques and to expand on them while specializing in a specific type of alpine travel.

Climber enjoying the view on the W. Ridge of Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos.

Climber enjoying the view on the W. Ridge of Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos.  Kurt Hicks

The Part 3 course offers two different specializations. The first is an aid climbing/big wall course, combined with a mountaineering expedition to a remote and spectacular part of the the North Cascades. And the second option is an advanced alpine rock climbing trip that will combine a technical climbing seminar with an expedition to the remarkable granite rock spires that rise from the complex, heavily glaciated terrain of Bugaboo Provincial Park in British Columbia. 

In order to participate in this high-end training and expedition, you must first complete Parts 1 and 2. If you took Part 2 more than a year and a half prior, you will need to take a four-day refresher course. If you have engaged in a significant amount of climbing in the interim this may be waived.

Both options offer the unique opportunity for participants to co-lead a mini-expedition and to obtain further instruction. The expedition brings together all the logistical skills, climbing techniques, and mountain judgment learned and practiced in Parts 1 and 2 in a bigger, more complex and more challenging environment.

Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 3

Curriculum Options

The third part of our Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership series includes two options. Each of these options run on different dates. And though some may wish to participate in only one of these options, others will want to continue to expand their climbing and expeditionary skills by participating in both.

  • Cascades (AMTL 3a) - Advanced Alpine Mountaineering and Rock Climbing, Aid Climbing, Big Wall Techniques & Remote Cascade Expedition
  • Bugaboos (AMTL 3b) - Advanced Alpine Rock Climbing, Squamish Multi-Pitch Rock Efficiency Clinic and Bugaboos Expedition

 

It is our primary goal that upon completion of this program you will be able to function successfully as an alpine climbing leader at an advanced level.

Climbers who successfully complete all 4 parts of this program receive certification in Alpine Mountaineering Leadership. One does not need to complete Parts 3a and 3b to attain this certification. However, you will receive an endorsement based on the part that you choose to complete. Those who elect to complete more than one section will be awarded additional endorsements on their certification.

Due to your schedule or personal goals, you may not be able to participate in AMTL Part 4. If you elect to take more than one version of the AMTL 3, the second course at the AMTL 3 Level will be counted as an AMTL 4 and you will be awarded your certificate of Alpine Mountaineering Leadership.

 

Part 3a - Picket Range - Advanced Alpine Skills, Aid Climbing, Big Wall Techniques and Technical Leading

Structure and Goals:

In this third 12-day segment of the program you will develop more sophisticated technical skills on rock, snow and ice while making ascents of technical rock routes using both free and aid techniques as well as continuing to explore the rugged glaciers and high peaks of North Cascades National Park. This is one of the rare courses in the world that specifically teaches techniques for leading on rock, snow, and ice. You will increase your proficiency in free climbing and mountaineering, you will learn the techniques required to climb big wall aid routes and you will become capable of setting up sophisticated rescue systems.

AMTL 3 - Northern Pickets

The stunning Northern Picket Range.
Myron Allen

Your instructors will help you refine your route selection skills, route finding, and natural hazard evaluation that were introduced in Parts 1 and 2. Additionally, we emphasize the development of both the judgment and the specific climbing and protective systems skills required for leading more advanced climbs. It is our goal that you emerge from this program as a qualified rope team leader on both rock and glacier routes.

NOTE - Those who complete a Part 3b, or 3c, may also get an Aid Climbing and Big Wall endorsement on their certification if they take the 4-day Aid Climbing and Big Wall Technique seminar. They do not have to complete all of 3a to obtain this endorsement.

 

Part 3b - Bugaboos - Advanced Alpine Rock Climbing, Squamish Multi-Pitch Rock Efficiency Clinic and Bugaboos Expedition

Structure and Goals:

In this third 12-day segment of the program, you will develop more sophisticated technical skills on rock, snow and ice while making ascents of technical rock routes in both the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park as well as in the Bugaboo Provincial Park in British Columbia. This is one of the rare courses in the world that specifically teaches techniques for leading on rock, snow, and ice. You will increase your proficiency as a free climber as well as engage in complex glacier travel.

Though there are many mountaineering elements, this particular program has a heavier focus on rock climbing than the other options. In Part 3b, climbers will learn specifically how to move fast on large and complex features. The first part of the program will provide you the opportunity to refine your movement skills on the granite above the mountain town of Squamish. And the second part will challenge those same skills on high and remote alpine rock peaks in the Bugaboos.

Route selection, route finding and hazard evaluation continue to play a major role in your education as you proceed to refine protective systems, rock rescue techniques and movement skills. It is our goal that you emerge from this program as a qualified rope team leader on both rock and glacier routes.

 

Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 3

Dates and Locations

  • June 25 - July 6, 2017: Remote Cascades Expedition (3a) - 2 Spaces Open
  • July 9 - July 20, 2017: Bugaboo Range Expedition (3b) - FULL
  • July 23 - Aug 3, 2017: Bugaboo Range Expedition (3b)
  • Aug 6 - Aug 17, 2017: Remote Cascades Expedition (3a) 2 Spaces Open
  • Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2017: Remote Cascades Expedition (3a) - Filling
  • Sept 3 - Sept 14, 2017: Remote Cascades Expedition (3a) - Waitlist Available

 

Approaching the Southern Pickets.

Approaching the Southern Pickets.
Andy Bourne

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Cost and Details

  • Picket Range - $2995
  • Bugaboos - $2995

 

Max Ratio - 2:1 (Climber:Guide)

Capacity - 6

 

Prerequisites

AMTL Part 1 and Part 2 or equivalent experience.

Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 3

Testimonials

Men's Journal calls this program "the country's most respected and thorough rock and mountaineering course."

"The 4-part course was just what we were looking for: a systematic way to learn how to lead on rock and glaciers, starting from minimal experience on those media. By going through the course, we now have a whole new dimension to explore on our backcountry trips."
Myron and Adele (Laramie, WY)

"My overall impression of the guides was that they were amazing individuals. They were professional, considerate, hard working, and still able to have fun throughout the course. The way they handled certain situations that arose on the course was stellar. They were able to multi-task and handle everything that camp up."
 Kailyn M. (Bellingham, WA)

"Our guide was very experienced. First and foremost, this stood out as a great quality and was the single greatest aspect of the whole course. It kept the course glued together as a whole, and made the course feel safe and structured. My favorite talent of my guide was his ability to speak slowly. He is very easy to understand, and very clear about what he wants to say. He also has an extensive and admirable amount of knowledge about the area, and used that knowledge to tailor our course to the best of his abilities." 
Cora S. (Los Angeles, CA)

They did a good job of keeping the course challenging while not making it too taking for less fit and experienced course participants."
 Schalk S. (Morristown, NJ)

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