As historians chronicle the evolution of mountaineering following Sir. Edmund Hillary's first successful ascent of Mt. Everest there are several names that are consistently mentioned. Dick Bass, the first person to climb all seven continent's highest peaks and relate them to us in his book "Seven Summits". David Breashears, first to chronicle extreme altitude accomplishments using film formats as large as IMAX. His movie "IMAX Everest" is the most successful IMAX film ever produced and he is equally renowned for authoring "High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places" and "Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expedition of George Mallory".
Dick Bass, owner of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, which is ranked number one in the United States by SKIING Magazine, has carried his vision forward to offer a handful of participants the opportunity to join the world's finest mountaineers on a five-day, mentally and physically challenging adventure. This successful group will impart their invaluable experience in ways that will forever affect your physical and mental skills, values and leadership abilities.
The world's leader in successful Everest ascents, 16 as of May 19, 2006, Apa Sherpa shares his astounding humility and mountaineering insights during both winter and summer Snowbird Expeditions.
Only Snowbird Expeditions has the ability to provide this talent in conjunction with world-class climbing terrain within minutes of its myriad spa offerings. With our ability to bring in the world's top climbers/instructors each attendee will learn time-proven tools that will enable them to prepare for ascents of the world's highest peaks. The course will teach all aspects of physical, mental, and technical skills that can mean the difference between success and failure.
With our guest to guide ratio of 1:1 we choose from the world's most accomplished mountaineers to complete our roster. You will learn scores of skills each day from climbers who have mastered the 8,000-meter peaks. Their knowledge comes from the brutal experiences they have endured and they will impart this information to you on a one-to-one basis as rapidly as you can absorb it.
The Wasatch Mountain Range, with hundreds of miles of pristine trails, famous ridgelines and peaks, serves as the testing ground for this course. The base of operations after leaving the Cliff Lodge will be located on Snowbird's private acreage, accessible only to course attendees. No other resort can provide this experience in a private and perfect setting. From ladder crossings with crampons to jugging, rappelling, and belaying techniques, the ratio of one guide to each participant assures maximum advancement. Whether you are a novice or a 5.12 lead climber our elite instructors have the ability to take you to your personal best. By the time you complete Snowbird Expedition courses you will have the fundamental skills and insights to make an informed decision about climbing Mt. McKinley, Island Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro and others.
When not in the field, participants will be staying in Snowbird's award-winning Cliff Lodge "Spa Level" rooms. Each day in resort will include spa treatments, nutritious gourmet meals and full-time access to the private Summit Room for movies and snacks. Daily presentation topics run the gamut from what went right and terribly wrong on Everest in May 1996, to mental and physical preparation for extreme challenges. While in the field pre-established individual tent accommodations, hot showers, and nutritious feasts prepared by a hand-selected chef trained in high-altitude food preparation and nutrition will ensure you the mental and physical stamina to maximize each day's offerings.