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Mt Robson via Patterson Spur – Mouse Ridge and Kain Face.
Crosby | August 3, 2015 |

Had the pleasure of summiting Mt. Robson July 30th with one client via the Patterson Spur to gain the Resplendent Robson col. The new climbers trail that starts at Kinney Lake, works nicely to access that side of the mountain. This took 10 hours with a fit client from the …

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Ski Pilot Mountain VIDEO
Ross Berg | July 15, 2015 |

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 Buttress via Banana Peel VIDEO – Squamish Multi Pitch Climbing
Ross Berg | |
buttress line copy

Joined up with Altus Mountain Guides partner and guide Paul McSorley and Helen B to film a lap up the most traveled multi pitch climb on the Squamish Chief. The Squamish Buttress via Banana peel. 12 pitches of climbing up to 5.10c.

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Squamish Multi Pitch Climbing – Sunset Strip 5.10d
Ross Berg | July 13, 2015 |
Squamish Multi Pitch Climbing - Sunset Strip line

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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Mt Garibaldi NE Ridge Summited!
Crosby | June 29, 2015 |
Summit of Mt. Garibaldi

Summited Mt Garibaldi NE Ridge yesterday via the North East Ridge with two clients. What a beautiful perfect summit day! No wind, warm temps and BLUE SKY! Was a pleasure to climb the mountain with long time Squamish residents Maren and Espen Bruun, of Paws in Hand. They didn’t stop …

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Mt. Garibaldi
Crosby | June 24, 2015 |
Mt Garibaldi and Howe Sound

Mt. Garibaldi is in condition and ready to climb!

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Mt. Clemenceau Ski Tour / Glamping trip.
Crosby | May 23, 2015 |
Mt. Clemenceau Ice Wall

Mt. Clemenceau Ski Tour:                                                                 Scott Thumbler and I just returned from a wonderful spring ski touring trip from …

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5.9 Climber climbs: The Grand Wall, Sickle to the University Wall and the Shlanay in Squamish
Crosby | |
U Wall Squamish

It’s been a pleasure the guide Eric over the last few days out around Squamish. Been an action packed few days of rock climbing. Eric being a solid 5.9 rock climber with a total of 7 days rock climbing EVER in his life…. He is doing very well. Eric truly …

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Grand Wall guided today!
Crosby | May 4, 2015 |
Feet up on Grand Wall

What a fun day out today on the Grand Wall in Squamish BC! Such a great route. Thanks for the day Eric! Was dry other than the step over to the start of the 5,10b traverse pitch and the upper 5.10a slab pitch had one wet foot hold. Other than that the rest of the route was totally dry even the word. It’s good to go!

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Spring is here! Rock climbing in Squamish
paul | April 16, 2015 |

  The skiing has been incredible lately and so has the rock climbing!  We are expecting a great spell of high pressure on the Coast for the next week so dust off your rock shoes and join us for a Trad course, Rock Rescue refresher or a Multipitch climb up …

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Spearhead Traverse
Ross Berg | March 5, 2015 |

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 …

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Ice Season is Here!
paul | December 23, 2014 |
Squamish Ice

The Winter season is underway and while the snow continues to fall, the ice is plumping up like a Christmas Turkey.  We’ve had some really great days already in Whistler and Squamish thanks to some well timed cold snaps.  Ice clinics and courses are happening on the Duffey Lake road …

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Intro to Rock Squamish
Crosby | October 9, 2014 |

Fun day out instructing some students from the University of Victoria!

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Mount Assiniboine North Ridge Trip Report
Ross Berg | August 14, 2014 |
Hiking by Lake Magog on our way to Mount Assiniboine

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
Ross Berg | August 1, 2014 |

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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Abbot Pass and Bugaboos Trip
Crosby | July 24, 2014 |
Summit of Pidgin Spire 2014

What a wonderful week of guiding with perfect weather! Starting off at the Abbot Hut with a summit of Mount Victoria and Finishing in the Bugaboos. What more could one ask for in a week of mountaineering. We climbed over 12000’ feet in 5 days and enjoyed 4 beautiful summits. With the porters taking our stuff to the hut and having all the food made by Rosie it all came together to become a fun trip. Look forward to next year with the same guys on another adventure into the mountains.

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Tantalus Range Mountaineering: Mount Dione, Mount Serratus
Ross Berg | July 21, 2014 |
Tantalus Range  - Descending Mount Dione

Just returned from a 3 day trip in the Tantalus range mountaineering (Jim Haberl hut) teaching a course. Conditions are pretty excellent right now but changing rapidly with the very hot temperatures!
Of interest we climbed Mount Dione SE face and Mount Serratus North face.

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Mount Gimli South Ridge
Ross Berg | |
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
Ross Berg | July 6, 2014 |

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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Grand Wall Squamish Rock Climb 5.11a
Crosby | July 4, 2014 |
Kinley Aitken on Grand Wall Crosby Johnston Photo 2014 Altus mountain

What a beautiful day out on the grand wall in Squamish. The classic line up the wall goes at 5.11a with the 2 bolt ladders. Was fun to snap some photos of Kinley Aitken on Perry’s Layback. Squamish is such a great place to climb, with seemingly endless multipitch climbs …

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My dog Suzie Summits Sky Pilot Mountain
Crosby | June 27, 2014 |
Dog Suzie on Summit of Sky Pilot

After lunch my loyal dog Suzie and I headed out to climb Sky Pilot Mountain. We left the truck at about 1:30 after driving up the access road. This takes longer than just going up the Gondola. We were on the Summit of Sky Pilot by about 430. Suzie did great on the scrambling 4th class pitches and the last headwall to the summit. Glad she was good with the sit and stay commands. Round trip we were about 5 hours total. What a great way to take the dog for a hike! Dogaineering at it’s finest! The top of Sky Pilot has fantastic views!

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University Wall the “Shadow” and Roman Chimneys 5.12d – Trip Report
Crosby | June 10, 2014 |

What a great day out on one of my favourite routes on the planet! University wall in Squamish. It was a battle but a pleasure to get to climb the University Wall in Squamish with my good friend Josh Lavigne. Other than the typical early season wet spots of the cracks it was a perfect day out. Finishing with the Roman Chimneys makes for one of the best classic long days of multi Squamish has to offer.

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Pointe Lachenal, Haruld e Maud 5.10 – Chamonix Rock Climbing
Ross Berg | June 7, 2014 |
Pointe Lachenal - Harold e Maud

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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Mt Habrich – Summit Trip May 31, 2014
Crosby | June 3, 2014 |
Climbing south face of Mt Habrich My 31 2014

What a fun day out on Mt Habrich! Looks like we may have been the first to summit Mt Habrich this season. There is still lots of early season snow around on the approach and some of the ledges on the west face. We acceded the south face mostly following the route Life on Earth at 5.10c.

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Skiing Mont Blanc du Tacul – May 31 2014
Ross Berg | June 1, 2014 |
Wild skiing on the Tacul north fac

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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Sky Pilot Mountain – Trip photos
Crosby | May 29, 2014 |
Sky Pilot Mt Crosby Johnston Mt Guide finding the way

Sky Pilot Mountain. What a fun trip into the Shannon Creek drainage above the new Sea to Sky Gondola! Despite the odd shower it was a great trip instructing navigation and traveling up to Sky Pilot Mountain over 3 days. Early season spring conditions still exist in the backcountry with …

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Cosmiques Couloir – Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix Steep Skiing
Ross Berg | |
Cosmiques couloir - Chamonix ski touring

Snuck in a lap on the Cosmiques Couloir off the Aiguille du Midi yesterday. 40cm of new snow in the high mountains around Chamonix made for pretty good skiing.

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Rock Climbing in Italy – Aosta Valley
Ross Berg | May 27, 2014 |
Rock Climbing Italy - Aosta Valley - Diretta Al Banano 4

Rain in Chamonix… Well lets just go Rock climbing in Italy!! Amazing how with a 20 minutes drive you can get to Italy where it is generally much sunnier and warmer than in Chamonix.

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Cosmiques Arete – Aiguille du Midi – Chamonix Mountaineering
Ross Berg | May 25, 2014 |

Really no better way to starting a mountaineering week in Chamonix than with the Cosmiques Arete. Normally when you think of mountaineering you would think of a long walk from the valley, climbing the mountain then finally and long knee bashing decent back home. Not the Cosmiques Arete.

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Spencer Couloir – Chamonix France SKI TOURING IN MAY!
Ross Berg | May 24, 2014 |
Chamonix Steep skiing

Today we headed up off the Plan de L’aguille and up to the Spencer Couloir Chamonix, a proud 50 degree couloir standing high above town.   The skiing was surprisingly excellent with 50cm of new snow making boot top powder skiing in the steep terrain.

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Beautiful Morning in Chamonix France
Ross Berg | May 23, 2014 |

Last night the peaks recieved some much need snow with the snow line coming down past the Aigulle du plan (2000m). Our objective of the Mont Blanc north face should be coming into shape nicely for next week.

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How to belay with a munter hitch – VIDEO
Ross Berg | May 13, 2014 |

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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Squamish Rock Climbing – Exasperator Crack 5.10c VIDEO
Ross Berg | May 10, 2014 |

IFMGA mountain guide Crosby Johnston talks about one of his favorite Squamish 5.10 rock climbs the “Exasperator Crack”
One of the best single pitch routes in Squamish located at the Grand wall base. 45m of technical finger crack climbing.

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Climbing Tip Of The Week: Top down belaying (multi-pitch climbing)
Ross Berg | May 8, 2014 |
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As the summer climbing season quickly approaches we want to start posting weekly climbing tip videos to help you make this the best season ever!!! Keep your eyes peeled as we have topics from intro to advanced. If there is a skill you want to see give us an email!

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Squamish Rock is ready!
paul | April 27, 2014 |

Rock climbing is happening right now in Squamish and throughout the Sea to Sky corridor. Unsettled spring weather is giving way to sunny skies and the rock is drying out faster than you can say: “On Belay.”

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Spearhead Traverse
paul | April 7, 2014 |
Under Fissile

We just returned from a 3-day Spearhead Traverse trip with gorgeous conditions.  Cruising down 1,000-foot powder to corn runs, bootpacking up an airy ridge, and watching the sun set over the Coast mountains were just some of the highlights.  Thank you to everyone for your hard work and making it …

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Spring skiing is on!!!
paul | March 18, 2014 |

  We’ve been getting tons of fresh powder here on the Coast from the Duffey Lake to the Whistler backcountry.  The tree skiing is all time right now so come join us for a ride you will never forget!    

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Squamish rock climbing is on!
paul | March 14, 2014 |
Squamish rock

It’s been a great week for rock climbing in Sqaumish! Sunny skies and fresh temps have dried out single and multipitch climbs from Murrin to the Bluffs. Spring is in the air so come on down and get some!

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Winter with Altus Mountain Guides.
Crosby | March 7, 2014 |
#phalanx #whistlerbackcountry

Whistler ski touring guide, Ross Berg at work. – Altus Mountain Guides

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Angles Crest 5.10c 13 Pitches – January 27th!!!!! yah-Rock Climbing Squamish.
Ross Berg | January 28, 2014 |
aAngles Crest 5.10c 13 Pitches 5

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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Whistler Backcountry Skiing
Crosby | January 8, 2014 |
Winter 2013 January copy

Whistler Backcountry Skiing. Let Altus Mountain Guides take you out and show you the goods!

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AST Avalanche Course
Crosby | |
AST Avalanche Course Whistler

AST Avalanche Course. Just wrapped up our 6th avlanache couse of the year!! This time on sleds. 40cm of blower powder and blue skies, looks like winter is getting back to normal!

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Sea To Sky Ice Climbing
Ross Berg | December 23, 2013 |

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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AST 2 Course Whistler / Duffy Lake Road
Crosby | December 11, 2013 |
AST 2 Duffy Lake Road

Avalanche Training Course. AST 2 Course Whistler / Duffy Lake Road. Warming up in the sun at the top of the run “Honey Bronzed and Very Desirable” Duffy Lake area, this past weekend on our first AST 2 course of the season.

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Squamish Buttress 5.9 – Its still summer!!!!
Ross Berg | October 24, 2013 |
Squamish Buttress Rock Climbing

  Squamish buttress 5.9 Multi pitch climbing

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Mount Tricouni – South Ridge, Whistler Alpine Climbing
Ross Berg | October 22, 2013 |
Climbing the south ridge of Mount Tricouni - Whistler Alpine Climbing

What a fantastic day out on Mount Tricouni! Just a short drive from Whistler it makes a great hike and a fun day of Mountaineering. After the drive up the access road it is only about 30min to Tricouni Lake.

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Crevasse Camping – Mt Garibaldi
Crosby | October 7, 2013 |
Mt Garbaldi Crevasse camping

Last week got to go up onto Mt Garibaldi again but in a bit of a storm…..did snow good old Crevasse Camping!
Our clients Doug and Tom didn’t bail just because of a little poor weather. Gotta like the spirit! Only snow 40cm on us overnight. Was a joy getting up in the night twice to clean the snow off our collapsing tent… The crevasse was the best place to camp out of the howling wind.

Fun trip to be out in a real storm.

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Mt Garibaldi Guide – Altus Mountain Guides
Crosby | |
Brohm Ridge Mt. Garibaldi.

One of our last trips to Mt. Garibaldi. Still managed to get out on the Mountain in September. With 50 to 80cm of new snow fall on the mountain it made it difficult travel on the glacier. Especially with all the crevasses just covered up on the glacier. With the owner of Summit Co in Oklahoma,

we still managed to have a great time and see some fantastic views!

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Trad Lead Climbing Course – Squamish
Crosby | September 23, 2013 |

Was fun to get out with two clients on a Trad Lead Climbing Course in Squamish.
We started with just leading and then we progressed into leading on gear. Good job Jodie and Drew! Great to see people on their first Rock climbing leads and first traditional lead climbing climbs!

Keep it up!

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Star Chek – Bolted Multi Pitch Rock Climb in Squamish – 5.9
Crosby | September 16, 2013 |
Star Check

What a fun day on Star Chek! Star Chek being on of the only bolted Multi Pitch Rock climbs in Squamish is a gem o a climb right above the Chek River!

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Glacier National Park Travel Guide – Weekend Warrior Wednesday – August 28th
Crosby | August 28, 2013 |
Ears Between Bugaboos Cresent Towers

Glacier National Park Travel Guide – Altus Mountain Guides
Warriors, unite!

This week we honor the diversity of our fellow Weekend Warriors. I’m talking about all the different kinds of adventurers and explorers out there who tackle the same mountains, trails, ice walls, and boulders with the same unbreakable will and indescribable joy. Students, tour guides, scientists, and even dogs–all Warriors and all to be celebrated!

Check out their pics below and then hit the jump to their blogs for more awesome photos and stories!

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Bugaboo Climbing
Crosby | August 22, 2013 |
East Post Spire Bugaboos rock climbing copy

Bugaboo Climbing. !!! Again we got to do a trip to the fabulous Bugaboo Mountains! On or trip we got to climb East Post Spire, Bugaboo Spire, Pidgeon Spire, Pidgeon Feathers and Crescent Towers! The weather was great for us except for one day where the rocks started buzzing and it rained on us. Thankfully we still managed to climb a route on Snowpatch Spire. The quality of Bugaboo climbing is a place that truly has top be visited to believed. Every-time I go it never ceases to amaze…!

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Pipeline Squamish climbing yesterday!
Crosby | August 14, 2013 |
Still smiling!

Pipeline Squamish climbing. What a day to get out and take photos of the infamous Pipeline in Squamish BC! A truly amazing line! Hard to believe it was soloed. – Altus Mountain Guides.

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Bugaboo Rock Climbing
Crosby | August 1, 2013 |
North East Ridge of Bugaboo Spire

What a week of climbing in the Bugaboos! Bugaboo rock climbing – Altus Mountain Guides

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Mt. Garibaldi – Squamish BC – Summited!
Crosby | July 16, 2013 |
Summit of Mt. Garibaldi copy

July 16th was a great day to Summit Mt. Garibaldi!! Perfect weather and great travel conditions made for a fantastic summit. We hung out for almost an hour enjoying the sun and views from the top. We even had the Jet boil along to make coffee on the top of the mountain. Both Frank and Jeff did a great job for being beginner mountaineers.

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Great Drain to the Great Game 5.10d – Squamish Rock Climb
Crosby | July 15, 2013 |
Great Drain

Great Drain to the Great Game – Squamish Rock Climb What a fun link up.  Makes for a 5 star classic route going at 5.10d!  

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The Widow Maker Arete – Vancouver Alpine Climbing
Ross Berg | July 13, 2013 |
Widow-Maker-Arete- copy

The Widow Maker Arete – Vancouver Alpine Climbing. This is one of the hidden secrets of Coastal Alpine climbing in Vancouver. Just a short hike from the Grouse Tram and can be done in a day! A must do for any Vancouver Alpine climber!  

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Skywalker 5.8 – Shannon Falls Squamish
Ross Berg | July 12, 2013 |

Skywalker 5.8 – Shannon Falls Squamish
Classic Squamish multi-pitch rock climb.

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Another Tantalus Alpine 4 day trip! Mount Serratus, Dione and Mount Tantalus
Ross Berg | July 11, 2013 |
Climbing the West Face of Mount Dione

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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Tantalus Range at the Haberl Hut for 4 days!
Crosby | July 9, 2013 |
Summit of Mt. Dione

This summer we have been lucky to have our 4th trip to the Haberl Hut in the Tantalus Range already. It is such a great place and a fantastic teaching venue. The access from the hut compares to the European access with climbing just steps from the hut. We got to climb Mt. Serratus, Mt. Alfa and Mt. Dione. Conditions were close to perfect with good overnight freezes and great travel on the snow and rock. The rock was free on snow and the weather was fantastic until the last day when a thunderstorm chased us out early. Thanks to all the guests and guides for making this trip happen!

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Squamish Buttress
Crosby | |

“ We spent two fabulous days on the wall with Crosby. We had zero multi pitch experience prior, but we were comfortable with single pitch and really, really wanted to get on the Chief. Crosby was very patient and taught us everything on our first day together, and we tackled the Chief on the second day. It was AMAZING! Thank you so very much!! “

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Eisenhower Tower 5.5, Castle Mountain
Ross Berg | July 3, 2013 |
Post storm light at the Castle Mountain hut

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 …

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Fred Beckey climbing at Nightmare Rock!
Crosby | June 29, 2013 |
Fred Becky rock climbing Altus mountain Guides copy

Fred Beckey still continues to be an inspiration to the climbing world. At 90 something it is truly awesome to see the detection and love of climbing still alive. Gives us all something to look forward to. The grandfather of the first accent world on Granddaddy over hang why not! Always a pleasure to get out and climb with Fred Beckey!

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The Grand Wall Squamish BC
Crosby | June 25, 2013 |

The Grand Wall Squamish Chief. Need I say more?  The name says it all.

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Tantalus Range Haberl Hut again!
Crosby | |

What a great trip to one of the greatest destinations on the Coast Range of BC! The Tantalus Range and the Jim Haberl Hut is next to none for a mountaineering destination. One of the coast range’s best kept secrets!

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Jim Haberl Hut Tantalus Range
Crosby | June 12, 2013 |
BBQ at Jim Haberl Hut copy

Jim Haberl Hut Tantalus Range, what a place! Over the last two days we had the pleasure of guiding up in one of our favorite locations in Canada. For a first time mountain experience it was the perfect place to get out into the mountains, especially with the luxury of …

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Ski Touring Whistler Blackcomb – Disease Ridge
Crosby | May 21, 2013 |
Instructional Ski Mountaineering

A great instructional ski mountaineering day in the Blackcomb Backcountry! Ski touring Whistler Blackcomb can be a blast even in the spring. Last weekend we managed to get out for some ski mountaineering on Disease Ridge. With the spring conditions and 5 cm of new snow it still fun skiing. We didn’t get lot of vertical in but with the use of the rope we got to enter into some steep terrain!

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Canadian Rockies Climbing – Paper Chase 5.11a, Guides Rock
Ross Berg | May 12, 2013 |

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 …

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Canadian Rockies Climbing – Sea of Dream 5.10d, Guides Rock
Ross Berg | May 8, 2013 |
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, April 30, 2013
Crosby | May 1, 2013 |
Run 2 off Mt. Serattus

Tantalus Range Skiing! Today was one of those day that I will remember! Powder skiing some of the biggest lines in the Tantalus Range on April 30th 2013! Skiing in the Tantalus has the feel of being in the BIG mountains. Yet it is only a short $250 round trip flight …

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Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine at the Callaghan Lodge
Crosby | April 29, 2013 |
Callaghan Lodge

Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine were with Altus Mountain Guides Crosby and Ross this week at the Callaghan Lodge. What a great place to spend the week with some top doctors for the completion of the Diploma In Mountain Medicine. All graduates of the winter program had already completed the …

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Angel’s Crest, 13 pitches, Squamish, Canada 5.10b
Crosby | April 7, 2013 |
Angel's Crest Squamish

Route description:  Angel’s Crest 5.10b 13 pitches, Squamish, Canada ANGLES CREST 13 pitches up a stunning arete, this rock climb is more like a mountain route than a rock climb. Angel’s Crest is a “must do” multi pitch rock climb for any rock climber that visits or lives in the Squamish area. Jam …

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Squamish Rock Climbing is in full swing
paul | April 5, 2013 |
Squamish Rock Climbing

The last three weeks in Squamish have been blessed with sunny skies and temperatures more typical of summer than early spring.  Climbs of all lengths and difficulties are getting done, from the boulders of the Grand Wall to the heights of the Angel’s Crest.  With such an early start to …

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Rock Climbing Squamish Buttress. Squamish Rock Climbing season is here!
Crosby | |
Rock Climbing Squamish Buttress.

  Rock Climbing Squamish Buttress. Squamish Rock Climbing season is here! 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 …

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Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring
Crosby | March 30, 2013 |
Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring - Altus Mountain Guides

Here are some photos from this winter of our Ski Touring trips in the Backcountry near Whistler. What a winter! Link to Whistler Ski Touring:   Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring. Go Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring and you will experience what Whistler really has to offer. Regardless of your experience, if you desire a …

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2013 Squamish Mountain Festival July 11-15th
Crosby | March 21, 2013 |

    2013 Squamish Mountain Festival July 11-15th A Celebration of Climbing Culture July 19th, 2013 – 12:00am – July 21st, 2013 – 11:59pm When it comes to gravity-defying climbing, bouldering and huge mountain culture, no-where delivers it better than Squamish, British Columbia. The sixth-annual event, highlighting the world-famous climbing culture and …

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Whistler Backcountry Couloir Skiing
Crosby | March 7, 2013 |
Ski tour up after a drop for more skiing

There is still lots of skiing left this winter! Check out these videos. Whistler Backcountry Couloir Skiing Mount Curry – Pencil Couloir…. on a snowboard

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AST 1 Whistler
Crosby | February 21, 2013 |

AST 1 Whistler! Hey Backcountry Ladies! we have a ladies only avalanche skills training course (AST 1) happening March 2,3 in Whistler. If you haven’t taken an avalanche course yet this is your chance to get out with a small group of backcountry ladies to learn some skills. Only 2 spots …

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Spearhead Traverse March 23,24 & April 12 – 14 2013
Crosby | February 19, 2013 |
Spearhead Photo

  2 or 3 day guided Spearhead Traverse! Two dates to choose. 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 …

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Helmcken Falls
Crosby | January 24, 2013 |
Climbing Helmcken Falls. Chris under the daggers

  Helmcken Falls!!! Words videos or photos do NOT come close to justifying this place!  

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Blackcomb Backcountry Touring December 24 2012
Ross Berg | January 15, 2013 |
Backcountry Ski Touring Whistler

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 …

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Cascade Falls, Canadian Rockies Ice Climbing
Ross Berg | |
Climber on Cascade Falls

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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CSMM Pre Course Training now offered.
Crosby | January 5, 2013 |
CSMM logo white

If you are planning to take the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine Diploma Course this  pre training could help you out. Check out the summer course:  

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Chamonix summer 2012
Crosby | January 4, 2013 |
Chamonix France MB

Photos from a trip to Chamonix last summer 2012.  What a cool place!

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Duffy Lake Road Ski Touring – Southern Exposure Mt Rohr
Ross Berg | December 27, 2012 |

What a fun day out on Mount Rohr south face.  Mt. Rohr is a great day tour off of the Duffy Lake Road. It is one of many ski tours from the Duffy that can be done in a day. The south facing slide paths on Mt Rohr as you …

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Stairmaster Couloir / Corona Bowl Video
Ross Berg | December 12, 2012 |

Check out this quick edit from our day out in the Whistler Backcountry last weekend. The Stairmaster Couloir on Phalanx Mountain and the well known Corona Bowl to take it back into the boundry of Blackcoumb Mountain.

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Free Whistler Ski Guiding
Crosby | December 11, 2012 |
photo for Ski Guiding Whistler

See this for free guiding.  

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Stairmaster couloir & Corona Bowl, Whistler backcountry
Ross Berg | December 10, 2012 |
Backcountry Ski Touring Whistler

Despite some nasty white weather we snuck out to the Whistler backcountry to ski the Stairmaster Couloir on Phalanx and the Corona bowl.

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Crosby | December 9, 2012 |
Focused on the Powder!

What an awesome day in the Cariboos today! 50cm of fresh snow and blue skies! Perfect!

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Photo of the day:
Crosby | November 28, 2012 |
Was a great day out getting some powder!

Today we got out for some great powder skiing!

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Winter is here again. Skiing is on.
Crosby | November 27, 2012 |
Cariboo Mountains Canada

Got out today skiing today in the Cariboo Mountains of BC Canada. What a place. Great terrain and snow.

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It’s starting!
Crosby | November 24, 2012 |
Snow is falling in the Valleys! Blue River today!

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Ice Climbing in the Canadian Rockies
paul | November 9, 2012 |
Helen's first Ice climb

  We were in Banff last week for the Mountain Film Festival and managed to sneak out for a few pitches of Ice climbing.  Conditions were quite mild owing to a Chinook passing along the front ranges but we headed up to the Stanley Headwall, finding tons of climbable ice …

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GoPro Skiing footage from last winter.
Crosby | November 3, 2012 |
Skiing around Whistler and BC Coast range can be Fantastic!

Here is a little teaser from last winter at Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing. Video of Crosby Johnston Heli Skiing

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Welcome Christina Lusti to the Altus Mountain Guides team!! VIDEO
Ross Berg | November 1, 2012 |
Christina Lusti

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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Apron Climb Diedre 5.8 ***
Crosby | October 14, 2012 |
Climbing in Squamish

Earlier this spring I had this fun day of climbing on Diedre with Kendall and Nikki.  Was the perfect Squamish climbing day on the Apron.  Long friendly corners on splitter granite stone for 7 pitches. First climbed in 1962 by the Squamish local Jim Sinclair and the late Jim Baldwin. …

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Angels’s Crest: 5.10b 13 pitches / Squamish Rock Climbing
Crosby | |
Angel’s Crest final Chimney pitch

On October 9 th I had the pleasure to get in one of the last days of guiding before the rain. Angeles Crest is one of the well know Squamish classic multi pitch rock climbs.  Angel’s Crest rock climb is one of my favourite climbs in Squamish.  It is one …

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Moonlight on the Alps from Albert Premier Hut Chamonix, France.
Crosby | October 6, 2012 |
Moonlight on Aiguille Verte and Aiguille du Chardonnet from Albert Premier Hut
Chamonix, France

This was a magic night up at the Albert Premier Hut Chamonix, France. Everyone else seemed to be sleeping and it was a full moon!  Very beautiful night to be outside for some cool photos. photos: Crosby Johnston

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Mt Garibaldi North East Face
Crosby | October 4, 2012 |
The dust storm at camp looking for the camp on Mt. Garibaldi

Just got back from a two day trip up to the Summit of Mt. Garibaldi via the North East face from Brohm Ridge. What a treat to get into the high alpine in OCTOBER! Conditions on Garibaldi where next to perfect for a guided trip to 2670m or 8760ft. Last …

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Showcase Spire, Whistler – Blackcomb, BC
paul | October 2, 2012 |
Climbing in Whistler

An outing on Showcase Spire off of Blackcomb Mountain is one of the best mini adventures imaginable!  With a civilized approach and an ambiance that makes you wonder where this beauty has been hiding all your life, Showcase Spire is not to be missed!  I had the pleasure of climbing …

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