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Instructor - Julian Niles

One of the first female mountain guides ever to attain the US IFMGA qualification, Niles is now based out of Squamish, where she’s raising two children, heli-guiding, leading women’s expeditions around the world and undertaking a Masters degree in psychology. A mountain guide for over 20 years with a host of first ascents and ski descents to her credit, Julia’s biggest achievements of late are in the personal landscape of peaks and valleys, navigating working motherhood, tending friendships, study, and work, with grace and humour and care, and still making time to get on rock to replenish her soul.

LEVEL: 4/5


Understanding of mountain hazards and experience hiking or alpine rock climbing. 


This course is designed for anyone who is ready to start climbing in the alpine or those wanting to move faster in an alpine style.


  • How to identify alpine hazards
  • Efficient snow and alpine rock anchors
  • The art of short roping and short pitching 
  • Snow climbing techniques  
  • Efficiently manage glaciers and transitions 


The clinic is $45, runs approximately 45min, and covers a full day’s course worth of content, all in an easy to comprehend format. Once a course has been purchased, the content will be accessible to the purchaser for 90 days from purchase date.


Chapter 1 - Hazards Identification 

  • Managing high mountain hazards
  • Glaciology and glacier travel
  • Snow and avalanche hazard
  • Basic understanding of weather patterns and clouds 


Chapter 2 - Alpine Rock 

  • Tactics for scrambling to easy rock pitches
  • Art of short roping
  • Short pitching and efficiently managing transitions 
  • Strategies for terrain transitions into rock climbing 
  • Alpine rock anchors

Chapter 3 - Climbing Snow

  • Climbing steep snow and managing different types of snow 
  • How to build efficient snow anchors
  • Knowledge of how to cross moats

Chapter 4 - Glacier Transitions   

  • How to best manage bergschrunds
  • Transitions to rock
  • Rappeling to glacier travel

Chapter 5 - Wrap Up

  • Recap-Of The course
  • Final Quiz
  • Resources