The rugged, glacier-carved Wind River Range is famous for its sheer granite headwalls, soaring spires, and towering 13,000-foot summits covered with rock and surrounded by glaciers.
Thanks to the skills learned from their expert NOLS instructors, this team is seconds from the summitt of Gannett Peak, the highest peak in Wyoming. Wind River Range
Photo: Josh Beckner
This remote range is also famous for mountaineering expeditions that have a perfect blend of glacier travel, snow ascents, and rock climbing.
You’ll learn fundamental mountaineering skills such as belaying, rappelling, climbing techniques, and anchor construction—all while traveling over, around, and through the rocky, steep terrain of the Wind Rivers.
Your route will allow you to learn rock, snow, and ice climbing techniques that will lead to longer, more technical climbs such as the 13,804-foot Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s tallest mountain. At the same time, you’ll master the camping, hiking, and leadership skills necessary to thrive in the mountain environment and beyond.
Wind River Mountaineering
16 and over (average age 19)
June 6-July 5, 2013
June 17-July 16, 2013
June 20-July 19, 2013
"My favorite thing about NOLS courses
is getting to know new places and exploring. You have a
map and you just go. I also strongly believe in outdoor
education. NOLS introduces students to global environmental
issues. . . and I think education is so much more effective
Wind River Mountaineering Course, 1993