Waddington Range Mountaineering

Waddington Range Mountaineering


  • One of NOLS most challenging and remote expeditions
  • Tough weather and bushwacking through old growth forest
  • Most routes fly in or out by bush or float plane
  • Extensive glacier travel and peak ascents
  • Snow, ice and rock mountaineering skills
This demanding expedition travels on British Columbia's Coast Mountains, including the Waddington Range, Whitemantle Range, and Homathko Icefield, for a monthlong experience in rock, snow, and ice mountaineering skills.

Here you'll get to experience some of the biggest and most remote glaciers NOLS travels on, and you will have more time to practice mountaineering since these courses travel either in or out of the field via plane.

In this area of huge glacial plateaus, long granite spires, deep fjords, and snow-capped peaks along the rugged coast of British Columbia, you'll learn what it takes to get a team ready to summit. Whether or not you're the first one to the top, you'll get to practice your newfound skills on at least one peak attempt.

With tons of technical glacier mountaineering and a chance to visit a place few people have ever been, this expedition is a true alpine adventure.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $5,825 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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NOLS Pacific Northwest Grad