Challenge the Chief

All the Need to Know Rock Skills in One Tight Package

Think you have the muscle to climb the Squamish Chief?  Prove it! Over two days we will train you with the rock climbing skills to attempt a summit of the Chief via the main face climbing route: The Squamish Buttress.  If you are successful you will be entered into a draw for a crack at an Alpine Summit attempt and climbing gear to get you started on your own personal climbing journey.

Day 1
Introduction to Rock Climbing Skills and Techniques in the Squamish Smoke Bluffs Park.

Day 2
The Chief!  With an early start, we head up the Squamish Buttress route.

1100 ft of technical rock climbing to a 5.10 grade.



The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Squamish, BC.

Meeting Point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: None!

Highlight Skills: Belay changeovers, multi-pitch anchors, multi-pitch rappels and belay methods.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $295


What You Will Learn


Learn the skills, techniques & movements to climb a multi-pitch route, the Squamish Buttress, up The Chief.





Day 1 – Rock skills + Seconding trad route

  • Movement Skills
  • Top Rope Practice
  • Understanding How to Remove Gear
  • Belay Changeovers
  • Belay Practice

Day 2 – Climbing the Chief 

  • 8:00 Start
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Summit
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Return to Vehicles

I want to say a big thank you to the Altus team for enabling my future multi-pitch adventures, I feel really good about how today's course has prepared me for the big leagues 🙂

- Mark T

It doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!

- Nigel B

Is This for You

If you have previous experience top rope climbing and are ready to catapult your climbing skills & experience into becoming a fully fledged rock climber- this is for you!

  • Have Top Roped a Minimum 5.6 -in the Gym
  • Fitness to Move for a Minimum of 3 Hours
  • Can Hike 3 Hours in Gentle Uphill Terrain
  • Likes being outside

Scheduled Courses - 2018

June 9, 10 $295 / person

July 14, 15 $295 / person

August 11, 12 $295 / person

Custom Dates on Demand


Warm Up Session

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Squamish Accomodation

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8:00 am - Meet and greet at the Squamish Adventure Center

8:30 am  - Travel to Smoke Bluff park and head out to the crag (two-minute drive, ten-minute hike)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Climbing, learning, and high fives.

4:00 pm - Back to the cars for debriefing and more high fives

What's Included
  • 2 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
Gear List

Please come prepared to spend the whole days outside in all types of weather.  It can be anything from cold in the morning as you will be climbing in the shade to very hot in the sun!

  • Full pants or Capris. 
  • T-shirt or long sleeve
  • Warm jacket (sweat shirt, lightweight down jacket)
  • Rain/wind jacket (gore-tex)
  • Warm hat (for colder days)
  • Small back pack (30 litres)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
  • Water, 1 liter
  • Food
  • Harness, Helmet, Climbing shoes (let us know if you need rentals)


Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day.  This is also available for purchase at the Adventure center

Booking Policy

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer:

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement


Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location


  • Insurance is free in entire country


  • Private insurance is recommended


  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.


Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.