Author: Ross Berg

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Participant info – Alpine Climbing

Thanks for signing up! We look forward to getting out climbing with you soon. In the meantime we have a bit of homework for you to make sure on when your trip comes all our ducks are in line, we both have a clear expectation of the trip and we wont waste any time getting…

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Arcteryx Courses

Hi, Lovely Arcteryx team member Below are the courses, just for you!  Rock, Alpine, Ski, AST. If you have any questions feel free to hit the chat icon to connect with us, or shoot us an email. ross@altusmountainguides.com Rock Climbing Intro Rock Climbing Course $75 Read more about the course Book Now Sport Climbing Course…

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Participant info – Ski touring

Thanks for Signing Up! We look forward to getting out backcountry ski touring with you soon. In the meanwhile we have a bit of homework for you to ensure when your trip comes up all our ducks are in a row, we both have a clear expectation of the trip and we won’t waste any…

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Participant Info – AST 1+

Thanks for Signing Up! We look forward to having you join our AST 1+ session soon.  In the meanwhile we have a bit of homework for you to ensure when your course comes up all of our ducks are in a row and we both have a clear expectation of the course so we won’t…

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Spearhead Traverse

The Spearhead Traverse is the proper way to ski Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb! Leave from the summit of the Blackcomb Ski Resort, and make your way over high mountain passes and wild glaciers over the course of 2 or 3 days. Absorb the expansive views and great alpine ski descents every day on this high alpine adventure. Finally, arrive back at the Whistler Ski Resort to cruise back home.

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Tantalus Range Ski Mountaineering Camp

This years ski season wrap up trip is in one of the most coveted mountain ranges in BC. The Tantalus Range, although the the biggest peaks in the BC stand like a fortress guarded by the Squamish river and forbidding glaciers, teasing certainly most passenger driving the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler BC. We will be flying in to the Tantalus Range with a small group of motivated skiers and boarders with 2 of our best guides and one of Whistler top back country ski pros for 3 days of mountain skiing, learning and fun! Tantalus Range Ski Mountaineering Camp!

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Mystery Creek Freeride Camp

Our first spring trips we are heading in to the rarely travel Mystery Creek Zone north of Whistler BC. Since this area is only accessed by helicopter we will have our pick of the area, big peak, expansive glaciers and ski lines for weeks. The Mystery Creek big mountain ski camp is going to be awesome!

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Mt Currie – Wedge Ski Traverse

Mt Currie – Wedge Ski Traverse Pemberton to Whistler – The Fun Way This brilliant adventure starts with a short helicopter trip to the summit of Mount Currie and finishes on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain.  Located just north of Whistler, it remains a mystery as to why this area sees such little traffic as…

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Haute Route Ski Traverse

This is THE classic and most renown ski traverse in the world. A high alpine tour from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland over a the period of 6 days.

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Backcountry Skiing Intro

On our, Weekend – Backcounty Skiing Course – Whistler, you will learn how to take your skiing experience to the next level. We will introduce you to back country ski touring gear, travel techniques, avalanche awareness, route finding, route planning, without navigation and descent strategies. Our courses are ran at a maximum 4:1 student to guide ratio to ensure each student will gain as much as possible from the course. Typically based in Whistler.

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Rock Evolution Course

Rock Evolution Course All the Need to Know Rock Skills in One Tight Package Everything you need to know to confidently tackle a wide range of climbing objectives all over the world.  Our Rock Evolution course is designed to take a new climber with limited to no outdoor experience through the evolution of rock climbing: top rope…

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Women’s Intro Ski Touring

Women’s Intro Ski Touring Course Open the Door to Endless Peaks and Powder Spend the weekend learning the skills to safely and confidently ski the backcountry in our Women’s Intro Ski Touring course.  This 2 day course covers backcountry ski touring gear, travel techniques, avalanche awareness, route finding, route planning, whiteout navigation and descent strategies-…

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Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

On our Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course, you will learn the necessary skills for glacier travel and companion rescue. We will cover glacier dynamics, glacier assessment, risk factors, glacier travel and companion rescue (crevasses extraction).

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Steeps and Peaks

Ski Mountaineering Course – 5 day, is the complete program to take your backcountry skiing to the next level. This course is designed to teach and practice the skill for safe skiing in remote heavily glaciated terrain, Steep Mountain peak faces, Technical ascents/descents, advanced avalanche training, White out navigation. Our 5 day Ski Mountaineering Course is typically held in Whistler area or the Tantalus Range. We hire only certified ACMG Ski / Snowboard Guides or IFMGA certified mountain guides, who are highly familiar with the terrain.

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Rock Rescue Course

Rock Rescue Course Crucial Skills to get Yourself out of a Pickle! Rock Rescue Skills are essential for any rock climber who ventures into multi-pitch terrain!  High angle rock rescue skills are the focus of this intensive single day course. Learn the skills to help yourself, your partner or an adjacent party half way up…

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AST 1 +

Our AST 1 + Ski Touring Skills Course is designed to fill the gap between conventional AST 1 programs and actually getting out into the terrain ski touring on your own! The thought is why learn about avalanche terrain if you dont have the skills to actually get there on your own. This is why we are incorporating ski touring skill to our normal AST 1 course. Giving you the skill to get into and ski the terrain and the also the skills to do it safely.

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Sport Climbing Course

Sport Climbing is the skill you need to take your indoor gym climbing or outdoor top rope climbing to the next level. Learning how to sport climb will allow you climb at a greater variety of destinations and is the perfect stepping stone to trad climbing and multipitch climbing.

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Traditional Climbing Course

Our 1 day traditional Climbing Course Squamish is designed to create a solid/safe leader proficient and all types of gear placements, natural anchors and lead strategies. Learning to lead on traditional gear is the most pivotal point in your climbing career. The ability to lead safely and confidently on gear will open up thousands of climbing possibilities all over the world. At the same time this craft can be the most difficult and serious style of climbing.

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Multi-Pitch Climbing

Come learn from the local masters the art of efficient multipitch climbing. This course will focus on all the technical components to multipitch climbing: multidirectional anchors, autoblock belays and proper equipment selection. Also, we help you develop efficiency and lead strategies because these soft skills make the difference between topping out in style or enduring an epic.

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Women’s Ski Mountaineering

Big mountains, glaciers, steeps, summits! Learn the skills to go after the big peak and objectives. Join professional ski mountaineer Holly Walker and ACMG guides for 3 days of intensive structured education and a supported atmosphere to push your limits.

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Big Mountain Skiing

Big Mountain Ski Course is, Advanced Skiing Snowboarding and Mountaineering School. It is a specialty course set up to teach people methods to manage Big Mountain terrain. Altus Mountain Guides has the skills and technical abilities to guide you through the learning process so you can ride the places you have always dreamed of, safely and with confidence.

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AST 2

AST Level 2 in Whistler takes you to bigger mountains, further places, wilder terrain. If you’re looking to take it a few steps further, this course is for you. Experience five days of hands-on Avalanche Skills Training in the backcountry, immersed in the challenging terrain to push your knowledge beyond its limit. We offer intimate group sizes taught by professional mountain guides who are committed to teaching you the skills required to be safe, have a blast, and further elevate your backcountry career.

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Custom AST Course

Custom-AST-Course-Whistler

AST Level 1 Whistler is two full days of introductory Avalanche Skills Training. You may be taking your first steps outside the resort’s boundaries. You may be an experienced mountain rider seeking a more solid foundation. Whatever your current level, this course will teach you everything you need to know – so you can enjoy the backcountry safely and self-assured.

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Ski Pilot Mountain VIDEO

Above the Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish BC is a perfect quick alpine summit – The Sky pilot Mountain. Here is a quick edit to show what this climb is like. Filmed during an intro mountaineering course June 2015

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Squamish Multi Pitch Climbing – Sunset Strip 5.10d

Another classic day of Squamish multi pitch climbing! The summer of rock guiding keeps us plenty busy with many laps of the Chief, courses and trips in and around Squamish. How ever it always a treat to step the the technical level up and guide some of the harder multi pitch climbs!!

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Challenge the Chief

Think you have the muscle to climb the Squamish chief? Prove it! Two days we will train you the skills of rock climbing and attempt to summit the Squamish Chief by the main face climbing route – Squamish Buttress. If you are successful you will be entered into the draw for a crack at an alpine summit attempt, climbing gear to get you started on your own personal climbing journey and $250 to spend with us on any further course.

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Squamish Splitter Camp

The Squamish Splitter Camp is a two day turbo boosted tour of crack climbing in one of the world’s great sites: Squamish. Join our expert guides and pro athletes for a high end look into crack technique from thin to offwidth, protection strategies and advanced tips for succeeding on your project or just upping your game. We will visit crags that are off the beaten path and get into some obscure classics guaranteed to challenge any climber regardless of their abilities. The concept of this Camp is to make you a better all around crack master.

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Spearhead Traverse

Spring is coming.. well it might feel like it has been here all winter down in the valley. The bikes are out, and the rock climbing is prime.   However up high in the mountains, up higher above the ski lifts its still winter. With a good looking snowpack in the alpine with a snow…

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Single-Pitch Rock Climbing

Let Altus Mountain Guides local Squamish rock climbing guides show you and your friends the best areas and places to rock climb in Squamish. Sample the goods and follow our guides for a day to some of the many great single pitch rock climbing areas. No matter your ability, beginner or expert, routes vary from 5.4 to 5.14+. If all you want is a top rope set up so you can climb all day, we know the best places to rock climb in Squamish. Or if you are interested in learning to rock climb on your own, with the help of an experience ACMG guide. Look under our Learn / Rock Climbing section for more details. We have a vast array of climbing courses. We also offer privet and custom climbing instruction.

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Mount Assiniboine North Ridge Trip Report

Last week I (Ross) wrapped up an excellent alpine blast far east of my Coastal town. First stop was the Bugaboos for 5 days of alpine rock with Cheryl from California (see previous blog), A lap of Mount Temple with Shannon from Vancouver and to finish off an ascent of Mount Assiniboine North Ridge with Lance from Calgary/UK.

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Mount Tricouni North Ridge- Trip Report

Earlier this week myself and fellow guide Brent Phillips climbed Mount Tricouni via the North Ridge. I have climbed this route and a few other feature a couple times now and I really recommend visiting this peak, the access is great, beautiful setting and the north ridge is interesting and challenging on good rock. A great day trip.

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Mount Gimli South Ridge

The Mount Gimli SW ridge is straight up world class. 5.9 steep, juggy climbing on perfect interesting rock. Pretty crazy really how with such a good route there is really no one in the area! …except lots of friendly goats!.

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Mount Garibaldi NE Face – Trip Report July 4th

On Friday the birthday of America our guest from Chicago snuck in an Ascent of Mount Garibaldi via the NE face. Our original plan was to climb it in our normal fashion of 2 days. One day to the cam on the moraines just past brohm ridge and the second day climbing the peak and returning home. The weather forecast kept looking worse and worse for our summit days so we opted for an early start and going for the peak in one day before the weather came.

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Tantalus Mountaineering

Sensational alpine climbing is the signature of this rugged group of peaks. An exhilarating helicopter ride brings you from sea level to 2000m and the Haberl Hut. Crampons are a must as you step out of the hut and make your way toward the dayʼs objective

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Sky Pilot

At just over 2000m, Sky Pilot presents a great introduction to the alpine right near Squamish. Sky Pilot and the Stadium Glacier are reached using a combination of hiking and mountain biking, so experience with both are essential.

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Mount Tricouni – North Ridge

The Mount Tricouni North Ridge is one of the most quickest and best alpine rock routes the Coast Mountains have to offer. This classic coastal mountaineering objective is a striking exposed rock ridge with difficulties up to 5.4 lead to an air summit looking over in the both the Squamish and Whistler valleys. The trip starts with a 4×4 journey almost right into the alpine. An 1-2 hours approach across the north glacier sees us on the ridge proper. A absolute must do for an one looking for a 1 day alpine hit.

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Pointe Lachenal, Haruld e Maud 5.10 – Chamonix Rock Climbing

Rock climbing at almost 4000m high above broken expansive glaciers… in early June. Ill take it! Chamonix is really just unbelievable when it come to the access potential. A 1 hours walk from the Aiguille du midi life you have a life times worth of epic alpine rock climbing. From 5 to way to many pitchs. Yesterday I teamed up with American mountain guide Danny Ulhmann and bad ass alpine steep skier Gulia Monego to climb the Pointe Lachenal

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Skiing Mont Blanc du Tacul – May 31 2014

Finished up our first guiding week in Chamonix France with Jasmin and Christina by skiing Mont Blanc du Tacul. The Mont Blanc du Tacul is the first section to the “Trois monts” route to the Mont Blanc summit and on it own still at righteous peak at 4260m.

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Mount Garibaldi Summit

Climb Mt. Garibaldi with Altus Mountain Guides! Mt Garibaldi or also know as Diamond Head is in Garibaldi Provincial Park and is the last peak in the chain of strato-volcanos that extends up from California’s Mt. Shasta. Mt Garibaldi sports massive glaciers and a truly Olympian summit in Garibaldi Park. This two day guided trip up Mt Garibaldi has a bivouac at the edge of the Warren Glacier and a steep snow/ice climb up the north-east face of the mountain to its highpoint at 2678 meters or 8,786 feet. This is a grand outing that takes you literally from Sea to Sky! Scaling Mt Garibaldi with a guide is a “must do” climb on the Sea to Sky corridor. Mountaineering on Mt Garibaldi is an experience that has to be seen to believed. The vistas off the top of Mt Garibaldi looking down to the Howe Sound are next to none world wide.

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Blackcomb Buttress Whistler

Blackcomb Buttress is an unbeatable way to spend a day in Whistler! A short walk from the gondola leads to scenic Blackcomb Lake. Make your way up the 200 meter Blackcomb Buttress climb with difficulties up to 5.7. Top out on the summit of Blackcomb Peak and descend the glacier back to the lifts.

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Wedge Mountain

Wedge mountain, if you have ever visited Whistler BC you have certainly noticed the formidable Wedge Mountain. This peak is the largest (2904m) of the Garibaldi park which ranges from Squamish to north of Whistler and one of the best mountaineering climbs near Whistler. The most common Wedge mountain climb is via the NE ridge route;

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How to belay with a munter hitch – VIDEO

Paul McSorley is at it again showing us some climbing skillz. “How to belay with a Munter Hitch”. A crucial skill to have in case you ever drop or forget your belay device on a multi pitch climb. Dont forget to turn up the video quality to HD. Paul looks good in HD!

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Angles Crest 5.10c 13 Pitches – January 27th!!!!! yah-Rock Climbing Squamish.

While we wait for this next storm to come in tonight we took the oppertunity to head to Squamish for a route on the might Squamish Chief!! Pretty wild right now how dry the peak is. Normally only a few select route with the right sun and wind exposrue would be possible to climb during the winter month but with this prolonged dry spell and warm temps it has opened the door to to soo many others.

We climbed one of the more classic moderate long routes Angles Crest. 13 pitches of up to 5.10c climbing up alpine like ridges and faces.

Not bad for January 27th!

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Sea To Sky Ice Climbing

It’s been a great start to the Sea To Sky Ice Climbing season so far! We’ve been out ice climbing from the canyons of Vancouver to the big country of the Duffey Lake and everywhere in between. Sharpen up your tools or borrow a pair from us and come on down for some ice bashing fun! If the snow isn’t cooperating you can still get out and enjoy winter, just strap some crampons to your feet and start kickin’!

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Tantalus Range Mountaineering

More Tantalus action!! I was a day behind our last Tantalus guided trip with 2 guest, Sean from here in Squamish and Heather from Calgary. We flew in for a few days of instruction and peak ascents. Along with Barbequed steaks at 2000m, great socializing in the comfy Haberl hut we also managed to stand on the top of Mount Serratus, Dione and Finally Mount Tantalus. Thanks for the great trip guys!!!

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Eisenhower Tower 5.5, Castle Mountain

This past weekend we got out to Castle Mountain located between Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. A 4 hour hike/sramble leads to the Castle Mountain Hut high on the goat plateau. This was my first trip to this hut and was soo impressed! The hut it self is nothing more than a…

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Canadian Rockies Climbing – Paper Chase 5.11a, Guides Rock

Back up to Guides rock just outside of Banff in the Canadian Rockies this time of the 5.11a “Paper Chase”.  At 5.11a this route packs a punch with tricky gear, steep technical climbing and wild exposure.  The rock on this face never ceases to amaze!!  Absolutely world class rock. Never mind the ticket to France…

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Canadian Rockies Climbing – Sea of Dream 5.10d, Guides Rock

With tempertures pushing 30c my trip in the Canadian Rockies Mountains where amazing!! We managed to sneak in a late afternoon ascent of the Banff multi pitch classic “Sea of Dreams” 5.10d. The 6 pitch bolted sport route when down in a couple hours of beautiful lime stone climbing in the sun! Here are some pics.

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Tantalus Range Skiing

Tantalus is an incredible coastal mountain range alive with rumbling glaciers and stunning alpine mountains all within an hour drive from Vancouver. The well-kept secret of the Tantalus is found in Tantalus Provincial Park just north of Squamish town site.

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Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing

Squamish Multi-Pitch climbing is the best Canada has to offer! Angels’ Crest, Diedre, The Grand Wall, Squamish Buttress, Freeway, all 50 multi-pitch classics! If you’ve wanted to try any of these five star routes but haven’t had the chance, join us for a truly memorable climb! Altus Mountain Guides can take you on a memorable climb in Squamish. Squamish rock climbing is world class. Let the Guides at Altus Mountain Guides take you on a guided rock climbing trip in Squamish. Rock Guides at Altus Mountain Guides are all ACMG certified rock guides or full certified ACMG Alpine/Mountain Guides. With your personal experienced rock guide you are guarantied to have a rock climbing experience to remember. Your Rock guide will show you some of the many hidden and classic climbs that otherwise are unknown rock routes hidden in the forest. All Rock Guides working in Squamish for Altus Mountain Guides are experts at guiding rock climbing. Let us take you out on one of the many multi-pitch rock climbs Squamish has to offer!

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Whistler Backcountry Skiing

Go Whistler Backcountry Skiing and you will experience what Whistler really has to offer. Regardless of your experience. If you want a rewarding ski experience during your stay in Whistler, give us a call. Backcountry skiing in Whistler / Blackcomb is second to none. Large rolling glaciers, steep faces, and untracked powder, this is the essence of Whistler skiing.

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Blackcomb Backcountry Touring December 24 2012

Blackcomb Backcountry Touring! For Christmas all the good backcountry skiers received 2 weeks of mind blowing conditions and weather. Good stability, blower powder and blue skies. Its doesn’t get much better!!! December 24 Tim W and I got out into the Whistler Backcountry for a day of ski touring. We headed off the Blackcomb mountain, first…

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Cascade Falls, Canadian Rockies Ice Climbing

Every year when the temperature starts to drop all the ice climber start looking around to see if ice has started to form up on the cliff faces. Some years the ice hardly forms and other you can find beautiful climbable blue ice everywhere!! This year is one of those. Conditions are amazing, ice is everywhere.

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Welcome Christina Lusti to the Altus Mountain Guides team!! VIDEO

We are pleased to welcome pro skier and ACMG guide Christina Lusti to the Altus team!! Christina is a former Olympic ski racer, competing in the 2006 Olympic games now professional big mountain skier and ACMG assistant ski guide. She will be leading ski touring trips around Whistler and running some womens big mountain freeride courses in the spring. Keep your eyes peeled for her on the slopes, good luck keeping up!

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Mt. Habrich Climbing and Flying!

Tony Richardson and I profited from this bombastic high pressure system and managed to tick a wold class climb and flight right above the village of Squamish. Our friend Nathan dropped us of at the boulders on the Stawamus Forest Service road and after a three hour approach we locked horns with Mt. Habrich’s west…

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The Wedge Mountain Whistler BC

Had an amazing trip up to The Wedge with Helen Beynon, we climbed the uber classic NE Arete.  The route was in fine condition and the day was sublime.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a couple days mountaineering in Whistler! Wedge Mountain 2892 m (9488 ft) photos: Paul McSorley

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Groups, School, Corporate

Groups, Schools, Corporate World class granite high above the Pacific ocean Squamish BC boasts some of the world’s best rock climbing, with impeccable granite routes from 1 to 13 pitches* at all difficulties. Altus steps in to show you the best of our neighborhood, whether that is doing your first multi-pitch or wanted to push…

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Tour Ronde – Gervassutti Couloir

80cm’s of new snow in the past week we decided to give the biggest peaks another day to settle so we set our sights on the Gervassutti couloir on the Tour Ronde.  This 1500 foot 50 degree couloir has been on my personal ski list for some years.  A beautiful peak with an esthetic sustained…

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Cosmiques Arete – Chamonix France

Last week was the grand finally of the ski season for us.  Finished with a bit of bang!  Had the pleasure of guiding returning client Carsten Kulche in Chamonix France. The week started with terrible weather so we opted for a quick lap up the Cosmiques arete for some acclimatization.   After leaving the coffee shop…

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Altus Guides get out to scrub a new route in Squamish.

Today Altus Mountain Guides Paul McSorley and Crosby Johnston went to work on a new route in Squamish. This gem of a find deep in the Squamish Jungle is revealing itself to possibly becoming a burly 5.12+ multi pitch climb.  It is a steep overhanging dihedral system stacked with steep cracks that stay dry, even…

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The rock was dry today in Squamish!

Today Squamish’s local IFMGA Altus Mountain Guide Crosby Johnston climbed the Apron  on the Squamish Chief.  From Banana Peel all the routes up on the Apron looked dry.  If we get little to no rain, the rock will remain dry thanks to the Howe Sound winds,the warmth of the rock and the dry cracks and…

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Angels Crest! Summer is on it’s way.

  As of last week the climb is completely dry thanks to the strong Howe Sound winds and the sunny skies of spring. Few climbs in Squamish serve up the zesty taste of alpine justice like the Angels Crest Arete.  Several steep pitches punctuate a half kilometer of ridgework with showstopping positions along the serrated spine…

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Climbing with a Legend: A day with Fred Beckey

  Last week, I had a chance to get out on the cliffs of Squamish with a man who needs no introduction to the area: Fred Beckey.  In fact Fred is largely responsible for introducing the rest of the world to Squamish.  Since the late fifties, when the Sea to Sky highway was just a…

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Star Chek Arete Video

The Star Check Arete is one of the most scenic and enjoyable outings in the Sea to Sky corridor.  Whether you’re new to climbing or just want to experience the wild exposure of this mega classic, join us for this truly memorable outing. Thanks to Bill McFarlane for making this fun video!

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Alpine Climbing Course

Take this alpine climbing course if you want to take mountaineering to its highest level? This alpine climbing course program tackles alpine routes with glacial approaches and a technical difficulties involving rock, snow, ice and mixed media climbing. The ratio for this program is no more than 2:1 Student instructor ratio.

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Bugaboo Alpine Rock

Home to North America’s most amazing alpine rock: Bugaboo, Snowpatch, pigeon and the Howser Towers, this place has to be experienced to be believed! From the Beckey-Chouinard (V 5.10) to the West ridge of Pigeon (II 5.4), there is something here for everyone!

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Mt Robson

Mt Robson is one of the most beautiful and most sought after peak in the Canadian Rockies. From the parking lot of Mt Robson the 10200 feet of rock and snow towers above like no other mountain in Canada. Mt. Robson being one of the more challenging summits in Canada, it sees at most a few summits per year.

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Joffre Lakes Group

Joffre Lakes are north of Whistler, in the heart of the southern coastal mountains, lie the Duffy lake area and some of the finest mountaineering peaks in BC. We will spend three days climbing the majestic glaciated peaks of the Joffre Group: Matier, Slaylock, Hartzel and Joffre.

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Snowboarding Mount Curry

Last week in the Whistler area was all time!! One of the best weeks of skiing i personally have ever had! Great snow, good stability, perfect weather (except the few times we got stuck in a cloud on a summit…) It cant really get much better.

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Keiths Hut Overnight Trip

This year we donated 2 days of ski guiding to the Whistler Ski Club fundraiser. Brain and Christy from Vancouver where the lucky purchasees of the trip! After an almost 2 meter storm we headed up to the “Keith Hut” at the toe of the Anniversary Glacier for 2 days of skiing. With marginal weather but perfect snow we managed to sneak in some terrific runs off Vantage Peak.

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Blackcomb Backcountry Circuit

Ill admit it im a bit of a creature of habit. I often like to ski the same old circuits out ski touring. I like to see the same terrain in different conditions through the season and years, i find you have a greater appreciation for the terrain. You get to know it intimately.
I had a client this week for a day of ski touring, it was his first time ever in the backcountry but said he was an “expert” skier, conditions where pretty much perfect so i was hoping we could manage a big day touring into the Blackcomb backcountry. We ended up skiing about 2000m over 4 outstanding runs.

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Whistler Backcountry Images

Last week in Whistler was one to be remembered all season long. Some of the best snowfall season long (and i get no shortage of great snow!), blue skies and good stability. You cant ask for more!

Pics from the Whistler Backcountry

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Whistler Backcountry Couloir Skiing Video

Yesterday myself (ross) and ski partner Paul Cordy took this quick video of skiing a couple couloir in the backcountry of the Blackcomb mountain in Whistler BC. Always blown away how accessible the backcountry is from the Whistler resort. We didnt start the day until 10am, and hour later we are skiing awesome couloirs and big glaciers. I love this place.

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Traverse d’entreves video

Came across an old video Ross made of one of his favorite Chamonix rock ridges. This video was shot out on a personal day with another IFMGA mountain guide Mike Bromberg.
The Traverse d’entreves is often done as a warm up climb during our Mont Blanc weeks. Wild exposure right on the France/Italian border. Not to be missed

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Ice Climbing in the Rainforest

Every so often the Ice Goblins visit the fjordlands of the Pacific Northwest and desperado ice climbers in Squamish get a little taste of the goodies.  The early weeks of the month graced us with an arctic outflow that served up a sweet four day window of ice climbing at the Pet Wall, Smoke Bluffs…

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Bugaboo Rock Climbing

Home to North America’s most amazing alpine rock: Bugaboo, Snowpatch, Pigeon and the Howser Towers, this place has to be experienced to be believed! From the Beckey-Chouinard (V 5.10) to the West ridge of Pigeon (II 5.4), there is something here for everyone!

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Mexican Big Wall Climbing With Honnold and Stanhope

Altus Guide Paul McSorley just returned from a great session down in the Mexican Big Wall mecca of El Gran Trono Blanco last week. The team consisted of ace photographer Andrew Burr and young rock masters Will Stanhope and Alex Honnold. Our crew managed three ascents of the highly featured granite monolith with Will and Alex freeing the Pan Am and El Giraffe routes at V 5.12+ and V 5.13 respectively.

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort Backcountry Skiing

Recently was contracted out by the Revelstoke Mountain Resort to guide a day of backcountry touring off the hill. It had been a few years since i explored the resort and i will admit what i had stuck in my head was that it with out question was no match to the Mighty Whistler. But after 2 excellent lattes and a couple croissants at the conveniently located coffee shop at the foot of the lifts i was starting to believe this might just be a more frequent destination for me.

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