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Santiam Alpine Club

 Activities  Mountain Climbing Instruction 

Oregon mountaineering, rock and ice climbing courses

The basic Mountain Climbing School is usually a prerequisite for joining SAC climbs for persons without other mountaineering training and experience. The basic school covers both rock and snow and serves as an introduction to the three intermediate opportunities below.

The basic school and the intermediate opportunities all use a common manual, an illustrated introduction to mountaineering technique:


Rock, ice and mountain climbing terms.

Mountain climbing school

Each spring prior to the main climbing season SAC hosts a school for beginners. Participants gain knowledge and confidence in two class sessions, a field rock session at Horsethief Butte at Columbia Hills State Park (formerly Horsethief Lake State Park) in Washington and a field snow session at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon. Cost is $95. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five students. Positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. Contact Bryon Kellar to get a position on the list for the 2015 school. Minors must have the signature of a parent or guardian. Children younger than sixteen must be accompanied by an adult also enrolled in the school. Basics introduced include:

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