North Cascades Mountaineering

North Cascades Mountaineering


  • Travel in a region with the most glaciers in the Lower 48
  • Travel 75-120 miles on snow and ice at elevations up to 10,700 feet
  • Early courses will spend most of their time on snow; late season courses will likely spend more time on bare ice and rocky moraines
  • Opportunities for rock climbing
Washington's North Cascades, often referred to as the American Alps, encompass some of Americas most spectacular scenery--jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls, and more glaciers than any other location in the Lower 48.

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.

The pace is gradual in the beginning as you travel through lush, old-growth forests and tangled alder thickets, and it gains momentum as you ascend to the North Cascades majestic, snow-clad peaks.

You'll get a well-rounded base of snow, ice, and crevasse rescue mountaineering skills, with some potential for rock climbing. With a student to instructor ratio of 5:1 and many days of practice, you'll receive an unparalleled mountaineering education.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $4,775 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 17
Duration 31 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Conway, Washington
Fly in/out Seattle, Washington
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“Getting to the summit, great! But for me, its take it or leave it, its not about being on the summit. Its about the experience and process of getting there.”

-Rahul N.

NOLS Pacific Northwest Grad