Transitioning to Class 3 Fourteeners

June 15, 2022 | 7:00 pm Mountain Time | Free Webinar

Class three fourteeners involve significantly more risk than a class one or two route. These peaks have significant exposure, steep cliffs, and loose rock where a fall may be fatal. In this free mountain skills series webinar I’ll share some foundational advice for transitioning into this more dangerous stage of fourteener climbing.

Advice to Stay Safe on Class Three Mountains

Class 3 routes are a big step up from class 1 and 2 hiking. Our webinar will cover what you need to know to safely climb your first class three fourteener.

There are thirteen class three fourteeners (any many, many more class three thirteeners). But most of them aren’t good choices for your first. We’ll cover some of the best options for your first class three scramble.

While some gear is consistent across all kinds of peaks, you will need a few special pieces of equipment to stay safe. We’ll walk through them in-depth during the webinar.

One of the biggest risks on a class three climb is the significant increase in exposure – a fancy word for dramatic cliffs where a fall could be fatal. I will share some tips on scrambling and moving through exposure in a safe manner.

Accidents happen, even with the best preparation and research. I will share what you need to know in case you suffer a fall, get ill, or lose your way on a class 3 peak.

I’ve learned a thing or two over the past five years of climbing in Colorado. I’ll share my best tips and tricks for staying safe and reaching the summit on class 3 climbs.

Julie Daniels
Julie Daniels
Fourteener Hiker
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"I can wholeheartedly say that Alex gives fantastic advice and has evident expertise and wise knowledge. I really value all of his contributions to the 14ers, and I am always impressed with how he has interacted with those learning. Alex cares about our mountains and our community. If you’re reading this and about to tackle your first 14er, it will behoove you to participate in Alex Derr’s webinar."

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Meet Your Webinar Trainer: Alex Derr

Alex is an Eagle Scout, mountaineer, and outdoor advocate based in Denver, Colorado. As the founder and Chief Mountain Officer at The Next Summit, he creates route guides, webinars, and other resources to help people safely explore the mountains of the West while leaving no trace for the next generation. With more than 40 ascents of peaks taller than 13,000 feet in all four seasons, he is passionate about sharing his experience and expertise with others to help them stay safe and be successful in their mountain endeavors.