Intro to Wilderness Hiking Course

Two Feet and A Heartbeat Can Take You Anywhere

Hiking is an easy and accessible way for everyone to enjoy nature. Scalable to any skill level, our intro to hiking course will do more than just teach you how to follow the trail.

Participants on this one day course will learn everything from proper gear selection, trip planning, and hazard recognition; to pacing, trail etiquette, and animal safety.

These foundational skills are the building blocks for all other backcountry endeavors. From backpacking to ski touring; rock climbing to mountaineering, this course will help you get your feet on the path.

The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Locations: Squamish or Whistler, BC

Meeting point: Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: No previous hiking experience needed

Highlight skills: Gear, Bear awareness, Navigation

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4: 1 Guest to Guide

Price: Starting at $165

What You Will Learn

Building from our online Intro to Hiking Course, participants can expect to get hands-on with the fundamentals of hiking in the wilderness.

Topics we will cover during this single day trip include:

  • Packing and putting on your pack
  • How to use poles
  • Create a trip plan and put it into action
  • Basic navigation skills
  • Hazard Recognition
  • How to set a pace
  • Trail etiquette
  • How to use bear spray and understand animal behaviour

I want to say a big thank you to the Altus team for enabling my future multi-pitch adventures, I feel really good about how today's course has prepared me for the big leagues 🙂

- Mark T


It doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!


- Nigel B


Is This For You

This course is perfect for those new to hiking, and new to the backcountry. No previous experience required.

  • No previous hiking experience necessary
  • Ability to walk at your steady pace for up to 30 min in gentle uphill terrain
  • Ability to carry your own pack with lunch, water and extra layers inside

Scheduled Courses - 2020

June 6 $165 / person

All listed prices are in CAD and subject to 5% sales tax.

June 20 $165 / person

July 11 $165 / person

July 25 $625 / person

August 8 $825 / person


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What's Included
  • 1 Day with ACMG certified Hiking Guide
Not Included

What’s Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from trailhead
  • Accommodation
Gear list

Please come prepared to spend the whole day outside in all types of weather.  It is not uncommon to have rain, sun, and snow all in one day!

  • Softshell pants or capris
  • Wicking layer
  • Warm jacket (sweatshirt, lightweight down jacket)
  • Rain/wind jacket (gore-tex)
  • Warm hat (for colder days)
  • Small backpack (20 litres)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Water, at least 1L (more for trips ascending more than 1000m!)
  • Hiking poles (optional but a great treat for your knees)
Booking policy

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancelation and weather policies, as well as FAQ may be found here.

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.