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 are fundamental skills for any aspiring mountaineer or backcountry skier.  Our Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue course covers how to safely approach a glacier, safely travel across a glacier and how to execute a quick crevasse rescue.

Day 1 – Skills recap + rock short roping

Day 2 – Rock objective

Day 3 - Snow and ice skills

Day 4 - Alpine summit

The Goods

Length: 4 Days (2 nights camping)

Locations: Squamish + Whistler, BC.

Meeting Point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Previous mountain climbing or scrambling.

Highlight Skills: Technical alpine climbing, ice, snow, rock

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $1125

What You Will Learn

Our goal is to build on our popular intro to mountaineering course and dial in participants to tackle challenging mixed alpine routes. After the course, students typically look to tackle glaciated peaks, such as Mount Tantalus, Wedge, Joffre, Mount Victoria, Mount Fay

  • Understanding Mountain Hazards
  • Alpine ice climbing
  • Technical rock short roping/short pitching
  • Improvised alpine descents
  • Tactics to move fast and light

Day 1 - Rock Skills Review

  • Anchor building
  • Gear placements
  • Multi-pitch station management
  • Improvised rappel tactics
  • Rock short roping and pitching

Day 2 - Rock Objectives


  • Route planning
  • Terrain assessment
  • Alpine rock protection
  • Improvised descents

Day 3 - Alpine Objective 1/2


  • Student lead Ice and rock objective

Day 4 - Alpine Objective 2/2

  • Student lead Ice and rock objective

I contacted five companies about setting up a custom mountaineering trip and Altus immediately got back to me with all sorts of helpful, informative details. They were much easier and better to work with than all the other companies.

- Michele G

I felt safe and secure, and I learned a tonne. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company - 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

Our Advanced mountaineering course is geared toward climbers who have spent the past few years logging experience on intro to intermedial mountaineering routes.  Climbers who are familiar with snow, basic ice climbing and multi-pitch rock climbing.  Ideally, this course would open up the opportunity and confidence to tackle routes such as Mount Tantalus, Wedge, Joffre, Mount Victoria, and Mount Fay

  • Previous Scrambling or Mountaineering Experience
  • Understanding of Basic Climbing Knots
  • Moderate Fitness (hike up hill for 6 hours)
  • Comfort in Rough and Undulating Terrain
  • Ability to lead multi-pitch rock routes

Scheduled Courses- 2019

May 30 - June 2 $1125 / person

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

June 13 - 16 $1125 / person

July 11 - 14 $1125 / person

August 15 - 18 $1125 / person

September 12 - 15 $1125 / person

Custom Dates on Demand

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

More Details

What's Included
  • 4 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (harness, ice axe, helmet and group gear)
Not Included
  • Food
  • Camping gear
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass or a Sea to Sky Gondola Day Pass- depending on your group.  You may have to purchase 1 day pass for either Whistler Blackcomb or the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
Gear List
  • Boots- sturdy leather or corder leather with lug soles and good ankle support 
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Helmet- designed for climbing
  • Harness- less than 10 years old
  • Backpack >50L 
  • Hiking Poles (collapsible poles with summer, hiking basket)
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit
  • Base Layers (thermals: top, bottoms, socks)
  • Climbing Layers (mid weight soft shell jacket and pants)
  • Waterproof Shells (pants and jacket)
  • Insulated Jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Warm Headwear
  • Gloves (2 pairs- one lighter weight for climbing and one for colder temps)
  • Sleeping Bag (temperature depending on location of course)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent (3 or 4 season tent)
  • Sandals or Shoes for around camp
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection
  • Water Bottle/ Thermos
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
Booking Policy

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer:

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement


Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location


  • Insurance is free in entire country


  • Private insurance is recommended


  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.


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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.