Wind River Mountaineering

Wind River Mountaineering


  • Snow and rock climbing on Wyoming's tallest peaks
  • Foundation of wilderness living skills in addition to climbing curriculum
  • 75 mile route between elevations of 10,000 and 13,000 feet
  • Travel mostly above tree line
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.

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.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $4,825 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
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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“What was most rewarding about my course? Escaping from the confines of society and discovering independence and the ability to live comfortably in the back country with minimal resources.”

-Spencer G.

Wind River Mountaineering Grad