Today I had the pleasure to guide the sea cliffs of Howe Sound. Like waking up from a dream the view around us at the Squamish Spit was pristine and misty. Garibaldi Mountain and the Chief gave us alpine glow and magic vistas first thing in the morning. This was the environment we paddled in,…Read More
Tony Richardson and I profited from this bombastic high pressure system and managed to tick a wold class climb and flight right above the village of Squamish. Our friend Nathan dropped us of at the boulders on the Stawamus Forest Service road and after a three hour approach we locked horns with Mt. Habrich’s west…Read More
What a beautiful day to be rock climbing and guiding the ultra classic Squamish Buttress! The day was perfect. Endless splitter cracks to the top of the Squamish Chief. Rock climbing at it’s finest and only 5.10c. photos by: Crosby JohnstonRead More
Had an amazing trip up to The Wedge with Helen Beynon, we climbed the uber classic NE Arete. The route was in fine condition and the day was sublime. I can’t think of a better way to spend a couple days mountaineering in Whistler! Wedge Mountain 2892 m (9488 ft) photos: Paul McSorleyRead More
We just finished up a fantastic week with the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine working as instructors and evaluators for this fledgeling program. Spending four days in Whistler and one rockclimbing in Squamish we capped the week off with two days mountaineering in the unforgettable Tantalus Range. The weather was impeccable and the doctors got…Read More
Mt. Robson 3,954m , 12,972ft, Grade IV Kain Face. Mt Robson Kain Face Attempt.
On August 27th Ross Berg, Paul McSorley and I used Yellowhead Helicopters to fly into the Dome of Mt. Robson with five clients. Yellowhead Helicopter’s 206 Pilot did a great job flying us into the 3150m Dome landing in 4 flights. What a great place to be flown into to start a guided trip. We were hoping to guide the trip from the highway, however there was poor weather in the forecast so we decided to just fly everyone into the Dome bellow the Kain Face of Mt Robson. We were not able to sneak up to the summit before the poor weather started. The winds increased to over 100km per hour and it ended up snowing about 40cm. All and all it turned out to be a fantastic guided trip with some inspirational guestsRead More
Last week I (Crosby Johnston) had the pleasure to guide the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc. The Frendo Spur is rated (D+ / III 4 1200m) and is on the North Face Aiguille du Midi. However it totals 1600m of elevation from hut to the Aiguille du Midi Telepherique. A perfect day of…Read More
Ross Berg and I (Crosby Johnston) had a great day out guiding the Point Lachenal and the Cosmiques Arete in Chamonix just steps away from the Aiguille du Midi Chamonix Mont Blanc: 3842m above sea level. Both climbs are ultra classic route in a stunning location. Photos don’t justify or come anywhere close to capturing the…Read More
Yesterday Altus Mountain Guides Guided Mont Blanc. We got to the Summit at 930 am July 4th. The conditions on the mountain were near perfect. One day earlier people had to turn around because of Avalanche hazard on the Mountain. Today the weather is poor with rain in the Valley and clouds covering the Summit.…Read More
Yesterday I got to get out and do some climbing in the morning at Chech Canyon Squamish BC. It was a busy day as you can see. Took a bunch of photos with my new camera for the people at the crag. Another day climbing in Squamish even though it slashed rain the day before.…Read More
Despite the recent spring like conditions the rock has still been climbable. Yesterday and today we have been getting out and climbing. The Apron on the Squamish Chief was climbed today and the Grand Wall looked dry enough to climb. For Current Rock Report call: 604 848 8543. Altus Mountain Guides’, rock climbing guides will…Read More
Despite the weather “FORECAST” in Squamish people are still climbing! Today and Yesterday’s forecast didn’t look like a rock climbing day in Squamish but it still was! Get out there and climb with Altus Mountain Guides. Or just call us for the latest live weather in Squamish. 604 848 8543.Read More
80cm’s of new snow in the past week we decided to give the biggest peaks another day to settle so we set our sights on the Gervassutti couloir on the Tour Ronde. This 1500 foot 50 degree couloir has been on my personal ski list for some years. A beautiful peak with an esthetic sustained…Read More
Last week was the grand finally of the ski season for us. Finished with a bit of bang! Had the pleasure of guiding returning client Carsten Kulche in Chamonix France. The week started with terrible weather so we opted for a quick lap up the Cosmiques arete for some acclimatization. After leaving the coffee shop…Read More
This spring Altus’s IFMGA Mountain Guide Ross Berg guided the Wapta Traverse. Weather and snow conditions cooperated and everyone had a great time. Altus Mountain Guides gives a big thanks to the clients for being in such good shape and choosing to ski with us! Hope to see you again.Read More
Today Altus Mountain Guides Paul McSorley and Crosby Johnston went to work on a new route in Squamish. This gem of a find deep in the Squamish Jungle is revealing itself to possibly becoming a burly 5.12+ multi pitch climb. It is a steep overhanging dihedral system stacked with steep cracks that stay dry, even…Read More
Today Squamish’s local IFMGA Altus Mountain Guide Crosby Johnston climbed the Apron on the Squamish Chief. From Banana Peel all the routes up on the Apron looked dry. If we get little to no rain, the rock will remain dry thanks to the Howe Sound winds,the warmth of the rock and the dry cracks and…Read More
As of last week the climb is completely dry thanks to the strong Howe Sound winds and the sunny skies of spring. Few climbs in Squamish serve up the zesty taste of alpine justice like the Angels Crest Arete. Several steep pitches punctuate a half kilometer of ridgework with showstopping positions along the serrated spine…Read More
Last week, I had a chance to get out on the cliffs of Squamish with a man who needs no introduction to the area: Fred Beckey. In fact Fred is largely responsible for introducing the rest of the world to Squamish. Since the late fifties, when the Sea to Sky highway was just a…Read More
The Star Check Arete is one of the most scenic and enjoyable outings in the Sea to Sky corridor. Whether you’re new to climbing or just want to experience the wild exposure of this mega classic, join us for this truly memorable outing. Thanks to Bill McFarlane for making this fun video!Read More
Last week in the Whistler area was all time!! One of the best weeks of skiing i personally have ever had! Great snow, good stability, perfect weather (except the few times we got stuck in a cloud on a summit…) It cant really get much better.Read More
This year we donated 2 days of ski guiding to the Whistler Ski Club fundraiser. Brain and Christy from Vancouver where the lucky purchasees of the trip! After an almost 2 meter storm we headed up to the “Keith Hut” at the toe of the Anniversary Glacier for 2 days of skiing. With marginal weather but perfect snow we managed to sneak in some terrific runs off Vantage Peak.Read More
Ill admit it im a bit of a creature of habit. I often like to ski the same old circuits out ski touring. I like to see the same terrain in different conditions through the season and years, i find you have a greater appreciation for the terrain. You get to know it intimately.
I had a client this week for a day of ski touring, it was his first time ever in the backcountry but said he was an “expert” skier, conditions where pretty much perfect so i was hoping we could manage a big day touring into the Blackcomb backcountry. We ended up skiing about 2000m over 4 outstanding runs.
Last week in Whistler was one to be remembered all season long. Some of the best snowfall season long (and i get no shortage of great snow!), blue skies and good stability. You cant ask for more!
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Yesterday myself (ross) and ski partner Paul Cordy took this quick video of skiing a couple couloir in the backcountry of the Blackcomb mountain in Whistler BC. Always blown away how accessible the backcountry is from the Whistler resort. We didnt start the day until 10am, and hour later we are skiing awesome couloirs and big glaciers. I love this place.Read More
Came across an old video Ross made of one of his favorite Chamonix rock ridges. This video was shot out on a personal day with another IFMGA mountain guide Mike Bromberg.
The Traverse d’entreves is often done as a warm up climb during our Mont Blanc weeks. Wild exposure right on the France/Italian border. Not to be missed
Every so often the Ice Goblins visit the fjordlands of the Pacific Northwest and desperado ice climbers in Squamish get a little taste of the goodies. The early weeks of the month graced us with an arctic outflow that served up a sweet four day window of ice climbing at the Pet Wall, Smoke Bluffs…Read More
Altus Guide Paul McSorley just returned from a great session down in the Mexican Big Wall mecca of El Gran Trono Blanco last week. The team consisted of ace photographer Andrew Burr and young rock masters Will Stanhope and Alex Honnold. Our crew managed three ascents of the highly featured granite monolith with Will and Alex freeing the Pan Am and El Giraffe routes at V 5.12+ and V 5.13 respectively.Read More
Recently was contracted out by the Revelstoke Mountain Resort to guide a day of backcountry touring off the hill. It had been a few years since i explored the resort and i will admit what i had stuck in my head was that it with out question was no match to the Mighty Whistler. But after 2 excellent lattes and a couple croissants at the conveniently located coffee shop at the foot of the lifts i was starting to believe this might just be a more frequent destination for me.Read More
Duffy Lake Area refers to a magical little area just NE of Pemberton BC. This is the high mountain pass offering a lifetime of backcountry ski options. There are 4 main areas and handful of others that are a little more “secret” Cerise Creek Here is the well know Keith hut and the highest peaks…Read More
Just finished up one amazing week Heli Assisted Ski Touring with CMH Adamants. With a jump from a helicopter into a new area every day and a lift back at home this is truly one of the best ways to spend a week skiing. We had fantastic conditions with almost of meter of new snow in the week and even a few blue bird days in the mix. Check it out! This is a trip to put on the list. www.canadianmountainholidays.comRead More
Despite the prolonged dry spell on the Coast there still is good skiing to be found!! This week a good friend from Revelstoke came out for some backcountry snowboarding around Whistler. We took it up to the Duffy Lake Road, North of Pemberton. Was a bit of a roll of the dice to decide just…Read More