North Cascades Mountaineering - Prime

North Cascades Mountaineering - Prime


  • Learn to mountaineer on a course that fits your schedule
  • One or two days of travel below tree line before approaching the glaciers
  • Master the art of backcountry baking and cooking, making things such as pizza and cinnamon rolls
  • Opportunities for rock climbing
Get a taste of the world–renowned ‘American Alps’ where you’ll receive a well-rounded technical curriculum in snow, ice and glacial mountaineering skills. Two iconic Northwest peaks – Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan – will be your classrooms.

Many of the world's top mountaineers use this area as their training ground; the reasonable access combined with challenging mountain classrooms continue to make this range one of the best places in the world to learn to be a mountaineer.

In addition to an unparalleled mountaineering education, you will expand your leadership skills, risk management strategies, mountain navigation, Leave No Trace camping ethics and environmental studies. Your time in the North Cascades will whet your appetite for adventure and prepare you for future mountain expeditions.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $3,725 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $250
Minimum Age 23
Duration 17 Days
Type Prime - Adult Courses
Start/End Conway, Washington
Fly in/out Seattle, Washington
College Credit
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
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“I have never felt more proud of myself about stepping out of my comfort zone and accomplishing my goals.”

-Courtney C.

NOLS Pacific Northwest Grad