Intro Mountaineering Course

3 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. If you need advice on equipment purchase or rental don’t hesitate to contact us.

This long weekend mountaineering course introduces you into the world of Mountaineering through a 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. For the neophyte, there’s safety in numbers so this course runs at a 4:1 Student to Instructor ratio.


The Goods

Length: 3 Days (1 overnight)

Locations: Squamish or Whistler, BC

Meeting point: Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Previous hiking or scrambling  experience

Highlight skills: Glacier travel, Short roping, Snow and Ice climbing

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

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

Price: Starting at $625

What You Will Learn

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

Day 1 – Glacier Travel

Squamish based

  • Using maps to plan objective
  • Crevasse identification and avoidance
  • Understanding mountain hazards
  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Self-arrest
  • Snow climbing techniques
  • Ice climbing techniques
  • Snow anchors, Rock anchors, and Ice anchors

Day 2 – Rock, Snow and Ice climbing

Overnight in Whistler or Squamish backcountry

  • Pitched climbing in snow and ice
  • Rock protection tactics
  • Short pitching on rock
  • Short roping on rock
  • Rappeling on snow, rock, and ice
  • Supervised practice

Day 3 – Student lead objective 

  • Students lead objective to put all skills to practice


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

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

Scheduled Courses - 2020

May 22 - 33 $625 / person

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

June 12 - 14 $625 / person

July 3 - 5 $825 / person

Spearhead Hut Based

July 24 - 26 $625 / person

August 7 - 9 $825 / person

Spearhead Hut Based

August 28 - 30 $625 / person


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What's Included
  • 3 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (harness, ice axe, helmet, crampons and group gear)
  • Camping permits
  • Hut fee and food included in Spearhead trips only
  • Tent, pots, stove, fuel
  • Spearhead hut trip only: food and 2 nights accomodation at hut!
Not Included
  • Food (unless for hut trip)
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • 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: 30L for day 1, >50L for overnight
  • 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

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.