Mountaineering Course

Intro Mountaineering Course

Our Mountaineering courses are designed to challenge you and give you the skills to travel safely in hazardous terrain.

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4 Days in the Mountains to Kick Start your Alpine Life.


Our Mountaineering courses are designed to challenge you and give you the skills to travel safely in hazardous terrain. With plenty of hands-on training in the field and the appropriate student/instructor ratios for each course, the learning curve increases dramatically. We choose the best locations specific to the demands of the course. Join us for Introduction to Mountaineering, Advanced Alpinism or Neige, Glace et Mixed and mixed climbing.

This 4 day introductory mountaineering course introduces you to the world of Mountaineering through the development of climbing skill sets. We start with the basics at our local cliffs and progress through the weekend to attempt a high alpine summit. Saturday/Sunday will be spent overnight in the mountains camping. There’s safety in numbers for the neophyte, so this course runs at a low Student to Instructor ratio.

*This course may use a local gondola to access the alpine depending on conditions.  The cost of these lift tickets is not included.

Prerequisites: 

Previous hiking or scrambling  experience

Highlight skills: 

Short roping, Snow and Ice climbing, Anchor Building

Length

4 Days / 2 Nights

Price

Starting at $850

Location

Squamish Adventure Centre

Season

All Summer

Difficulty

Beginner Intermediate

Guest / Guide Ratio

4 to 1

Includes

  • 3 full days of instruction with an ACMG guide
  • Group technical equipment
  • Helmet
  • Camping permits

Does Not Include

  • Food (unless for hut trip).
  • Mountaineering boots (available for rent).
  • Harness, ice axe, crampons (available for rent).
  • Tent, sleeping bag and mat (available for rent).
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point.
  • Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass or a Sea to Sky Gondola Day Pass- depending on your group. 
  • ou may have to purchase 1 day pass for either Whistler Blackcomb or the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

Our goal is to dial-up our participants in Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue, and Alpine Rock tactics.  Students typically look to tackle glaciated peaks after the course, such as Mount Baker, Mount Garibaldi, Mount Matier, or simple alpine rock routes such as Blackcomb Buttress, Pigeon NE ridge, Kain Face - Bugaboo Spire.

 

If you have logged some time in the mountains, scrambling or advanced hiking, and are ready to take it to the summit- this is the course for you!

No previous outdoor rock climbing experience (although recommended)
Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 6 hours
Can hike 4 hours in gentle uphill terrain
Likes being outside

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2023 Dates

TBD
Starting at $850 per person + GST

Itinerary

Day 1 – Rock & Rope Skills

Squamish based

Using maps to plan objective
Rock protection tactics
Short pitching on rock
Short roping on rock
Rappeling

Day 2 – Rock, Snow and Ice climbing

Overnight in Whistler or Squamish backcountry

Pitched climbing in snow and ice
Crevasse identification and avoidance
Understanding mountain hazards
Roping up for glacier travel
Supervised practice

Day 3 – Rock, Snow and Ice climbing

Overnight in Whistler or Squamish backcountry

Self-arrest
Snow climbing techniques
Ice climbing techniques
Snow anchors, Rock anchors, and Ice anchors
Supervised practice

Day 4 – Student lead objective 

Students lead the objective to put all skills into practice.

 

*Content covered is dependant on conditions and group abilities
 

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