30 Day Alpine Rock Climbing Course


This Alpine Rock Climbing Course is a comprehensive course that takes you from crags, to the glaciers and ultimately to lofty mountain summits. For thirty days, climb your way through the best rock and alpine climbing areas in Western Canada: Squamish, Skaha Bluffs, Rogers’ Pass and the Bugaboos. This in depth course covers everything you’ll need to get you to the pinnacle of a rocky alpine peak. We cover: rock basics, learning to lead; single and multipitch, self rescue and first aid, glacier travel, menu planning, mountain navigation and summit high-five etiquette.

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Who for

If you have ever wanted to lead your way to the top a classic alpine rock objective this semester is for you. Though not required, some gym or rock climbing experience is an asset.

What’s included

Guides for the month, group equipment

What’s not included

Personal equipment, transportation between venues, food while on course.


June 28 through July 27 2014

August 15 through September 15 2014


(Contact us for custom dates and duration. Ask about week long courses and discounted prices)

$450 1:1 per person per day (guide : guest) $50 per additional person


Week one: fundamentals of rock movement, anchor building, belaying, rappelling, natural protection and leading

Week two: multipitch leading, rock rescue, sport climbing

Week three: glacier travel, crevasse rescue, basic first aid, backcountry camp craft, navigation, route planning, alpine climbing

Week four: Alpine rock objectives selected, planned and lead by you.

Sample Itinerary from last 30 Day Alpine Rock Course:

July 5, 2013

Crosmique Arrete, from Jim Haberl hut

Flew from Squamish airport to Haberl hut, Tantalus range

Climbed little nub near hut. Learned snow anchors with ice axe and picket, glacier travel, knots

July 6, 2013

Serratus from Haberl hut, Tantalus range

Practised snow anchors, led 1 pitch of snow, anchor-building, switching leads

July 7, 2013

Dione from Haberl hut, Tantalus range

Left 6:30am, return 1:00pm

Glacier travel, snow gully, glacier rescue systems

July 8, 2013

Tantalus from Haberl hut (Upper route)


Multi-pitch mountaineering, short roping, anchors, terrain use, glacier travel

July 9, 2013

Smoke Bluffs, Squamish

Gear placement, anchor building, lead practice, single pitch climbs

July 10, 2013

Calculus Crack, Squamish Buttress on the Chief, Squamish

Multi-pitch climbing, climbing technique, anchors, prusik back-up on rappel

July 11, 2013

Burgers and Fries, Smoke Bluffs, Squamish

Lead climbing (5.4), gear placement/anchors

Skywalker, Shannon Falls

Lead climbing, anchors

July 12, 2013

Widowmaker (5.9) on Crown Mountain, near Grouse Mountain

Started 9:30am from Grouse Mountain village, returned 6:30pm

Hiked up BCMC trail (Grouse Grind is more direct), took gondola down

10-12 pitches, including some simo-climbing

Great climb, challenging but fun

July 13, 2013

Burgers and Fries, Smoke Bluffs, Squamish

With Crosby and Laura

Lead climbing (5.4-5.6), finished on laughing crack (5.7), awesome fun climb

July 13, 2013

Slhanay Mountain, Squamish (with Crosby)

Great Drain to Great Game (very challenging for me!)

July 15, 2013

Rest day

July 16, 2013

Stawamus Chief Campground Bluffs, Squamish (with Paul)

Rescue systems—block and tackle, raising, lowering, escaping the system/transferring the weight, jugging the rope (ascending and descending using prusiks), tandem rappel, using a garda hitch for climbing the rope or in a pulley system (must have a back-up), using a slip knot combined with an overhand knot to tie off the rope in a rescue situation,

Anchor configurations:

-can use 7 mm cord for entire anchor (ideally don’t place all pieces in same crack unless super solid)

-if not enough length for all pieces, use a sling for upward force equalization, 7 mm cord for the rest of the anchor

-can equalize in series. Use a rabbit ears knot to make sure chord is doubled at the focal point

July 17, 2013

Jamie Sorda

Shannon Falls, Squamish

Crack climbing technique

Klahanie Crack (5.7)—Mock lead

Dirty Dickey (5.8), Cardhu Crack (5.8), Split decision (5.10a)?

Murrin Park

-lead climbing practice (5.4, 5.7, 5.7)

July 18, 2013

Jamie Sorda

Angel’s Crest, The Chief, Squamish

7.5 hours, lots of traffic

July 19, 2013

Eric Hughes

Smoke Bluffs, Squamish

Octopus’ garden area, Jaberwalkee

Slab climbing, racking, leads, rappelling, offwidth

July 20, 2013

The Snake, Chief Apron, Squamish (with Crosby)

Led 3 pitches

July 21, 2013

Starcheck, the Gorge, Squamish (with Crosby)

3 rappels into Canyon, climb up on bolts

I led all 3 (5.7, 5.8, 5.9)

Cheakamus Canyon sport climbing

-something hard in the circus that I couldn’t get up

-Tried “bad date”s in well of souls (5.10d) and “we meet again Faulein”

July 22, 2013

Small cliff on trail to Mt Tupper, Rogers Pass

Crevasse rescue, jugging the rope, escaping the system, lowering/raising, tandem rappel

July 23, 2013

Mt Tupper, Rogers Pass (4:00am-1:00pm)

Fun cimb!

July 24, 2013

Hiked up to lower Sir Donald bivy

Climbed Uto, camped overnight

July 25, 2013

Climbed Sir Donald

July 26, 2013

Hiked into Bugaboos

July 27, 2013

Climbed the Klaus-Macarthey on Snowpatch, Bugaboos

July 28, 2013

McTech Arrete, Bugaboos

Practiced self-arrests on snow

July 29, 2013

Pigeon, Bugaboos

July 30, 2013

East Post Spire, Bugaboos

-tandem climbing, terrain belays

July 31, 2013

Guide’s route, Banff

Led 8 pitches on a sport climb

Aug 1, 2013

The Bowl, Yamnuska Mountain