Author: Ross Berg

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Scrambling Skills for Runners

Scrambling Skills for Runners Open the door to a world of rock adventures Take the top down approach to the skills you need for mountain running.  As we push further with our running, often the required skills for navigating more advanced terrain can change without our being prepared.  This course serves to teach runners to…

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Navigation Skills for Runners

Multi-pitch climbing course Open the door to a world of rock adventures Learn the alpine running essentials with a gang of like-minded foot-powered fanatics!  We’ll give you the rundown on gear, trip planning, route finding, and safe ascending and descending techniques. Single-pitch climbing /  Multi-pitch climbing / Alpine rock /DGroups, Schools, Corporate Trip Add-Ons / Dates & Prices…

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Climbing Skills for Runners

Climbing Skills for Runners When the “trail” gets a bit too steep Arm yourself to tackle anything the mountain trails can serve you.  Learn how to read steep rock and how to safely climb vertical terrain.  This clinic will cover vertical rock safety, how to set up a top rope, belaying, rappelling, and climbing techniques. …

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Sky Pilot Climb – West Ridge (May 26, 2019)

Sky Pilot Climb – West Ridge (May 26, 2019) May 26, 2019 Climbed the West Ridge of Sky Pilot today in great conditions. Trail The trail in is snow free to the end of the old FSR. Where the road ends and the single track weaves up the forest we chose to kick up the…

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Top 5 Beginner Trad Climbs in Squamish

Top 5 Beginner Trad Climbs in Squamish Get it going. Are you just discovering traditional climbing? Is your idea of fun plugging in your own protection whilst ascending granite splitter perfection?  Do you dream of being able to do find classic trad climbs all within a short stroll from your car?  Well then we’ve put…

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Hakuba – Japan

Japan – Hakuba Backcountry Big terrain, Big snow, Culture Altus Mountain Guides is very excited to offer Guided Backcountry Trips to Japan and bookings are now available for February 2020.  Ski waist deep powder, summit volcanoes, take a soak in the natural hot springs and enjoy great food- this is going to be a trip…

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Half Day Rock Climbing Experience

Half Day Rock Experience Word class rock climbing Imagine showing up in Squamish for a half day of rock climbing with your friends where you never need any gear and have all the routes ready to go for you to try out.  That is what this trip is designed to be. Come join our professional…

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Squamish Rock Weekend

Squamish Rock Weekend Word class rock climbing Tick off a weekend on the world-class Squamish Rock.  This option is available to weekend warriors seeking more time on the rock than just a single day. We have designed this weekend to be the ultimate value for a Squamish rock climbing experience.  Come spend the weekend exploring…

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Intro Mountaineering Course

This long weekend mountaineering course initiates you in to the world of Mountaineering through a development of climbing skill sets. We start with the basics at out local cliffs and progress through the weekend to attempt a high alpine summit. For the neophyte, there’s safety in numbers so this course runs at a 6:1 student to instructor ratio.

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Glacier Travel + Crevasse Rescue

Learn the necessary skill for glacier travel and crevasse rescue course. We will cover glacier dynamics, glacier assessment, risk factors, glacier travel and companion rescue (crevasse extraction)

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Advanced Mountaineering Course

Advanced Mountaineering Course Next level mountain climbing skills Whether you are looking to summit the local volcanoes of Mount Garibaldi and Mount Baker, or the alpine rock splitters in the Bugaboos, all climbers need the skills to safely travel over glaciers and the skills to perform a rescue if your partner ever takes a plunge.  These…

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18/19 Ski Season Day 1

18/19 Ski Season – Day 1 November 16, 2018 With unusually dry and warm weather on the coast, ski season is a bit delayed. It took some driving and some walking, but we found winter hiding up high in the coast range…in a narrow band above 1700/1800m. Despite the slim snow depth, the skiing was…

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Run Skoki Lodge – Banff National Park

Run Skoki Lodge – Banff National Park Hut based running in the heart of Banff National Park Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park needs no introduction. Towering rock walls, massive mountains and quiet lakes makes trail running in the Lake Louise area a runners dream. We will fastpack our way…

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How to backcountry ski

Its no secret, the ski resorts are busy. The lift lines are long, the chairlift is cold and the fresh tracks don’t last as long as they used to. I will let you in on a secret, the ski resorts comprise of less than 0.01% percent of mountains to ski on, and that just around…

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Run Chamonix

Alpine Running Chamonix The alpine running epicenter Chamonix, France is the home of lush green valleys, forested single track, alpine ridges and rumbling glaciers in all corners. Join Ross Berg IFMGA mountain on his 11th summer running and climbing around this valley and its nearby gems. Enjoy a mix of alpine rips, glacier excursions, and buffed…

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Hurley Mountain Lodge

Hurley Mountain Lodge Snowcat accessed ski touring in the Hurley Pass   Just north of Whistler BC, where the Coast range transition into the Chilcotin mountains lies the Hurley pass area. Known amongst locals as some of the best snowmobile accessed terrain and to pro skiers where they can film the lines of the year. …

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Run the Dolomites – Alta Via 2

Trail Running the Dolomites – Alta Via 2 Hut to hut in the Italian Alpine “Each mountain is like a piece of art”  Reinhold Messner The Dolomites, a jewel of the European Alps and UNESCO world heritage site also serve as an alpine running mecca for those brave enough to get off the beaten path.  With…

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Run Patagonia – Torres Del Paine

Run Patagonia – You might consider THIS adventure to be THE trip of a lifetime. If you have always wanted to explore one of Patagonia’s finest gems on your own two feet, than come along with us for the inaugural fast-pack of the Torres del Paines circuit! Together, we will complete both the O and the W routes in Patagonia’s iconic National Park.

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Intro Rock Climbing Course

This squamish rock climbing course, intro to rock climbing course is for the first time rock climber or the experienced gym climber that wants to learn the skills to climb outdoors. Learn the skills to get into outdoor rock climbing from the Vancouver climbing gyms. Push your limits rock climbing in Squamish, high on the Chief. Climb Vancouver coastal ranges of BC. Altus Mountain Guides will help turn your Rock Climbing, fantasies into reality. 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 safely will open up rock climbing destinations all over and is the perfect stepping stone to traditional climbing and multi-pitch climbing.

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Private Rock Climbing Instruction

Private rock climbing instruction

Private Rock Climbing Instruction The Fast Track to Learning All the Rock Climbing Skills You Need. A day of private rock climbing instruction is arguably the best way to accelerate your rock climbing skill and confidence.  Spend either a full or half day with a highly trained and experienced rock climbing guide to cover whatever you feel…

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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 Course

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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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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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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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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Run Chilcotins

Run Chilcotins Hut to hut alpine running Experience the Southern Chilcotin range by foot. Remote and spectacular, this is a secret destination in BC. This adventure is a great introduction to the world of fast packing. All meals and accommodations in backcountry rustic camps are provided.  The days will be long and we will tackle some…

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Run the Dolomites

Run Patagonia The proper way to ski Whistler – Blackcomb Explore one of Patagonia’s finest gems as we circumnavigate the Torres del Paines circuit in true fastpack style. More info on this trip of a lifetime coming soon.   The Skiing / The Terrain / What’s Included / Trip Add-Ons / Dates & Prices The Goods Length: 3 days…

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Navigation Skills

Summer Navigation Skills Where are you going? Everything you need to know to be confidently tackling a wide range of climbing objectives anywhere in the world.  This 4 days course is designed to take a new climbing with limited or no outdoor experience through top rope anchors, sport climbing, trad climbing, multi-pitch skills and finally rock rescue in…

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Scrambling Skills

Scrambling Skills All the need to know rock skills in one tight package Everything you need to know to be confidently tackling a wide range of climbing objectives anywhere in the world.  This 4 days course is designed to take a new climbing with limited or no outdoor experience through top rope anchors, sport climbing, trad climbing, multi-pitch…

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Run Esplanades Traverse

Run Esplanades Traverse Alpine Hut to Hut Running! If you are searching for a true high alpine running adventure in the remote mountains of BC, then join us for a 5-day HUT to HUT on the Esplanade Traverse. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight direct to our first lodge. From here we will spend the entire…

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Corvus – Women’s Split

Thanks for Signing Up! We look forward to having you join our Corvus Social Skills 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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Participant info – AST 2

Thanks for Signing Up! We look forward to having you join our AST 2 course soon.  In the meanwhile, we have a bit of homework for you to ensure that 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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Whistler Conditions Update – November

After last weeks social media bombardment, it won’t come as a surprise that the early season conditions in Whistler Blackcomb have been pretty spectacular. Deep turns and face shots have filled my Instagram feed and for once, none of it was exaggerated. It really has been that good! Moisture from the south combined with cold…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Black Tusk

Black Tusk is a great hiking or mountaineering trip that takes you into the wonderful Garibaldi park. Altus will provide a Guide to take you up the mountain. To summit Black Tuck easy rock scrabbling is required to reach the summit. Harness and Rope are required for other than expert climbers.

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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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Mt Garibaldi NE Ridge Summited!

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 smiling all day! The access…

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Grand Wall guided today!

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

  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 the Chief. Bring on Springtime!

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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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Ice Season is Here!

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 and if the forecast holds…

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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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AST 2 – Hurley Mountain Lodge

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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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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Abbot Pass and Bugaboos Trip

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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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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Grand Wall Squamish Rock Climb 5.11a

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 only 5 minuets from the…

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My dog Suzie Summits Sky Pilot Mountain

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

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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Sky Pilot Climb

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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Mt Habrich – Summit Trip May 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

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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Heli Assisted Mountaineering

Heli Assisted Mountaineering in Canada. Let the magic of a helicopter whisk you off to the most amazing untouched Alpine destinations in Canada. Heli Mountaineering, short for (Helicopter Mountaineering) is the most exquisite civilized way to experience the remote untouched wilderness. The coastal mountains of British Columbia are among the most beautiful in the world and among the hardest to access because of the thick coastal rainforest. The jungle like vegetation can all but stop progress. With the aid of a short Helicopter trip you can skip the painful slog to the Alpine.

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Sky Pilot Mountain – Trip photos

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 lots of soft snow still…

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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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Squamish Rock is ready!

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

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 a fabulous trip to remember!…

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Spring skiing is on!!!

  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!

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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