Argentina Semester

Leadership & Guide Training Courses
(40+ days)





Argentina Semester Schedules:
2020/2021 Option 1

  • November 14, 2020 – 20 day Argentina Mountaineering
  • December 6, 2020 – 20 day Argentina Aconcagua Expedition
    • Semester Cost: $8,880 + tax
2020/2021 Option 2

  • November 14, 2020 – 20 day Argentina Mountaineering
  • December 6, 2020 – 20 day Argentina Aconcagua Expedition
  • December 30, 2020 – 12 Day Argentina Rock Climbing
    • Semester Cost: $11,685 + tax

2020/2021 Option 3

  • December 30, 2020 – 12 Day Argentina Rock Climbing
    • Short break — Jan. 11th – 22nd
  • January 23, 2021 – 20 Day Aconcagua Expedition
    • Semester Cost: $7,640 + tax
Contact us for more details or other options!

The IWLS Argentina semester is one of the most comprehensive skill based professional education programs available. The locations you learn in are important international guiding destinations. From the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere to the exciting rivers that flow from its slopes, you’ll discover the high desert wilderness of the central Andes and develop a well rounded set of technical skills and leadership experience.

Our Argentina Semesters consist of mountaineering glaciated technical peaks in the area, an expedition climb of Cerro Aconcagua (22,841′) the tallest peak in South America, and rock climbing in Cajon de Aranales known for impressive granite climbs.

Mountaineering Glaciated peaks surround Aconcagua’s flanks and offer students world class mountaineering objectives. From the summit of El Cuerno (17,920ft/5,462m) and its ice fields to the airy ridgeline of Cerro Tolosa (17,821ft/5432m), this mountaineering course offers students a fine balance of altitude, mountaineering skills, and international travel.

Aconcagua Cerro Aconcagua dominates the region at a height of 22,841 feet (6,962m). It offers a unique educational opportunity for students seeking the skills and experience of participating in a high altitude climbing expedition in a foreign country.

Rock Climbing With more than 200 routes, walls reaching heights of over a thousand feet, climbs varying from challenging sport routes to long alpine climbs, the Cajón de Arenales is a rock climber’s paradise.

THE INSTRUCTORS AND GUIDES OF IWLS are widely recognized as some of the very best in their field and have practical leadership experience from around the globe. They are well trained and have an uncommon enthusiasm for sharing their skill and knowledge, borne out of a passion for outdoor exploration.

The International Wilderness Leadership Schools’ educational model nurtures leadership development and creates an awareness of the guiding mentality that is essential for leading safe, fun adventures in the mountains. The combination of technical skills training, experiential education and practical leadership experience make the IWLS curriculum world class.

IWLS GENERAL COURSE CURRICULUM outlines the essential components for effective outdoor leadership. Here are a few points that your course will focus on.

  • Leadership: Opportunities to lead the group will be abundant and you’ll have the time to learn and practice multiple styles of leadership.
  • Navigation: Learn how to take a bearing, read a topographical map, triangulate your position, and navigate in a whiteout.
  • Safety and Risk Management: Safety is always the #1 consideration. As the course progresses, you’ll develop an awareness to appropriately asses risk and make safe decisions.
  • Environmental Ethics: As adventurers in some of the most pristine environments on the planet it is our duty to respect the natural world. All of our courses practice and teach Leave No Trace ® principles.
  • Stoves and Expedition Cooking: The ability to repair a broken stove, prepare delicious meals on camp stoves, and melt snow efficiently for water are key components for leading a group in the wilderness.

-Austin Peters

IWLS MOUNTAINEERING CURRICULUM is built from countless expeditions in Alaska and around the world. You’ll learn how to be a competent and proficient mountaineer in a variety of different environments. Below are some topics we’ll cover.

  • Belaying: Should we use a fixed belay or a running belay? Our team will learn and practice the finer points of different belay techniques such as the hip belay, running belay, boot axe belay, fixed belay, and more!
  • Ascending: Fixed lines are an important tool for large groups and guiding applications. We’ll learn how to efficiently use, build and maintain them.
  • Rope Teams: Rope team travel is a complicated endeavor that requires skill, technique and teamwork. We’ll cover everything from prussic arrangement to team management.
  • Objective Hazards: Rock fall, river crossings, and avalanches are examples of objective hazards. Learn how to identify such hazards and minimize group exposure.

-Kevin Forster

IWLS ROCK CLIMBING CURRICULUM is designed to create safe and strong technical climbers. Below are some examples of what you’ll learn:

  • Climbing Technique: Whether stemming an inside corner, jamming an off-width, or friction climbing on a blank slab, you’ll learn the techniques to climb efficiently on a variety of different features.
  • Rock Protection: Pitons, nuts, cams, hexes… learn the nuances of quality placements. You’ll have the opportunity to place protection in a variety of settings and rock quality.
  • Route Selection: Where to set up the fixed belay? How to avoid rock and ice fall? How to select the most appropriate route from far below? You’ll learn the answer to these questions and more as we climb a variety of established routes in addition to possible first ascents.
  • High Angle Rescue: What happens when things go bad? We’ll practice escaping the belay and getting to the aid of an injured climber.

-Eli Fierer

IWLS INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of planning and leading expeditions in foreign countries. Here are just a few topics that will be covered:

  • Cultural History: As visitors to this remarkable place, we place a premium on being respectful and learning about the local culture and history. The vibrant Argentine culture makes for a unique and educational international experience.
  • Trip Preparation: Logistics in a foreign country have the potential to be complex and tenuous. You’ll take part in shopping at the local market, arranging transportation, and securing permits in preparation for your expeditions in the Central Andes.

CERTIFICATIONS Upon completion of the semester, participants may qualify for the following certifications:

Guide Training Certificates of Completion
International Wilderness Leadership School


Aconcagua Summit Success Certificate
*Upon successful summit bid on Cerro Aconcagua


DATES & PRICES Please see our schedule for current dates and price information.