Northwest Mountain School Guide Rates 2014 Season 


These are the fees we use to calculate the guide fees for programs run through the Northwest Mountain School.

These fees generally cover: the cost of your guide, use of tents, stoves, and other group equipment. On programs run in Washington these fees also cover the cost of your guide's transportation to/from the start of your program, your guide's food, and commercial permit fees.

These fees generally do not cover: Personal food or equipment, land manager mandated special use fees (most trips don't have these), your transportation to/from the program meet point.

Trips outside the US: For package programs, or trips outside the US we are charging the same daily fees, plus any expenses related to the trips. If putting together a custom international trip we have several options for how we structure the pricing. Please contact us for more information on the differences between cost plus pricing and package pricing.

Exceptions to each set of fees are noted with that set of fees.

Full Day Rock Climbing (up to 8 hours) 

1 climber with 1 guide (1:1) $325
2 climbers with 1 guide (2:1) $225
3 climbers with 1 guide (3:1) $175
4 climbers with 1 guide (4:1) $155
5 climbers with 1 guide (5:1) $145
6 climbers with 1 guide (6:1) $125

Half Day Rock Climbing (up to 5 hours) 

1 climber with 1 guide (1:1) $225
2 climbers with 1 guide (2:1) $150
3 climbers with 1 guide (3:1) $125
4 climbers with 1 guide (4:1) $105
5 climbers with 1 guide (5:1) $95
6 climbers with 1 guide (6:1) $85

Full Day Skiing (up to 8 hours) Leavenworth & Stevens Area 

1 skiers with 1 guide (1:1) $325
2 skiers with 1 guide (2:1) $225
3 skiers with 1 guide (3:1) $175
4 skiers with 1 guide (4:1) $155
5 skiers with 1 guide (5:1) $145
6 skiers with 1 guide (6:1) $125

Overnight Mountaineering or Skiing 

1 climber with 1 guide (1:1) $425
2 climbers with 1 guide (2:1) $275
3 climbers with 1 guide (3:1) $225
4 climbers with 1 guide (4:1) $200

Ice climbing in Canada or the United States 

1 climber w/ 1 guide (1:1) $400 per day
2 climbers w/ 1 guide (2:1) $225 each per day
3 climbers w/ 1 guide (3:1) $200 each per day
4 climbers w/ 1 guide (4:1) $165 each per day

Europe Climbing or Skiing Rates (4 or more days) 

1 climber / skiers with 1 guide (1:1) $650 per day
2 climbers / skiers with 1 guide (2:1) $395 per day
3 climbers / skiers with 1 guide (3:1) $285 per day

Alpine Rock (up to 10 hours) 

1 climber with 1 guide (1:1) $350
2 climbers with 1 guide (2:1) $250

Grade IV or V days** 

1 climber with 1 guide (1:1) $500
2 climbers with 1 guide (2:1) $350

Joshua Tree National Park - Private Climbs 

1 climber w/ 1 guide (1:1) $375 per day
2 climbers w/ 1 guide (2:1) $245 each per day
3 climbers w/ 1 guide (3:1) $200 each per day
4 climbers w/ 1 guide (4:1) $175 each per day

**This fee is used in place of our overnight mountaineering rate for very big days involving 15-24 hour pushes on grade 5 in a day ascents, etc.

Logistical Planning***
$65 per hour plus expenses.

Consulting Fees***
$150 per hour plus expenses

Mileage***
49 cents per mile driven

Purchases made with NMS funds at the request of our customers will be charged a fee of 10% of the amount of the purchase.

***Fees for logistical planning and travel are only charged in special situations where customers request these services. We are available to provide many other services related to your climbing adventures including: making travel arrangements, selecting and purchasing equipment for your climb or expedition, locating and hiring outfitters for your foreign climb or trip, or coming to your home for pre-trip equipment checks. Call to ask about these services. References available. An example of a logistical planning fee would be buying plane tickets, and example of a consulting fee would be designing corporate training activities for a company or an individual offering these services.