The finest mountaineering training ground available for all levels from beginner to advanced.

Learning, practice and climbing time are maximized as we take advantage of the unique location of the Patagonia Frontiers base and its direct approaches and exclusive access into the mountains and onto the glaciers and peaks. We provide in-depth training in all phases of mountaineering and expedition travel. There are ample opportunities to put your skills to use on these magnificent and varied peaks in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. Learning and ascent opportunities are plentiful and we’ll match your skill level to the most appropriate training, summits and climbing goals. 

Our location has privileged access to the countless surrounding mountains. These ranges contain a broad array of mountaineering opportunities, objectives whose level of challenge ranges from beginner to expert. Think of a private ranch embraced on all sides by peaks varying in similarity from the North Cascades Mountains in the Pacific Northwest to the giants of the Alaska Range and you’ll have an idea of Patagonia Frontiers mountaineering. Additionally, the reverse seasons between northern and southern hemispheres means that you’ll have access to glacial mountaineering when North American opportunities are extremely limited. The courses are excellent preparation for an Aconcagua or Denali climb, Elbrus or other Northern Hemisphere climbs the very next season. 

Please contact us for more detailed itineraries of our mountaineering courses and trips. 

Patagonia Challenges:

Cordón Soler: This mountain range forms the southern border along the Patagonia Frontiers Wilderness Ranch. The range rises sharply from 200m/650ft in the valley to numerous summits ranging between 1800m/5904ft and 2200m/7216ft. Here, too is the Paulina Icefield, more modest in scope than the enormous Northern Patagonia Icefield, in view just up valley, but an excellent mountaineering classroom and scattered with enticing summit objectives.

Cordón Contreras: These mountains form the northern border along the Patagonia Frontiers Wilderness Ranch. The Chilko River basin drains a series of six glacial cirques before flowing into Lago Plomo directly next to the Patagonia Frontiers base. It is our private road into the Contreras range and onto its many glaciers and peaks. Summits range from 1800m/5904ft to 2500m/8200ft and many of the peaks, Cerro Campamento, Cerro Contreras, and Cerro Horquetas for example, are visible from the ranch. This range is also home to Hidden Basin, a secret glacial bowl ringed with 360 degrees of mountains and offering unbounded opportunity to climb and to learn.

Beginner Course: This course is ideal for motivated and fit beginners and for those climbers who wish to review or enhance their skills. Our Patagonia classroom offers some of the finest mountaineering training ground available. Learning, practice and climbing time are maximized as we take advantage of the unique location of the Patagonia Frontiers base and its direct approaches and exclusive access into the mountains and onto the glaciers and peaks. We provide in-depth training in all phases of mountaineering and expedition travel. There are ample opportunities to put your skills to use on these magnificent and varied peaks in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. Learning and ascent opportunities are plentiful and we’ll match your skill level to the most appropriate training, summits and climbing goals. 

This course is specifically designed to increase the participant’s technical knowledge and skills in all aspects of snow, glacier and alpine mountaineering, and to establish mountain and expedition living skills that will serve as a solid base for future mountain endeavors. The course will develop educated, self-reliant climbers with the ability to evaluate, mitigate and manage subjective and objective mountain hazards, develop technical mountaineering skills and experience base, teach and practice Leave No Trace practices, leadership and communication techniques, risk analysis and judgment.

Intermediate Course:  This course is designed for previous mountaineering course graduates or those climbers with a similar experience level. After a skills review segment, we establish a base camp from which to attempt a series of glaciated peaks and mixed, alpine routes. The setting is impressive; a camp perched on the end of a long, rock ridge jutting into the center of an extensive glacial basin. We use this camp for our base as we match the best routes and summits to the teams abilities and goals. Our aim for all climbs on this expedition is to provide advanced skills practice and broad exposure to a variety of mountaineering challenges and summit objectives.

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*Individualized course lengths are also available for all course types.