Blackcomb Buttress

Lift accessed alpine goodness

Blackcomb Buttress is an unbeatable way to spend a day in Whistler! Let one of our certified ACMG Mountain Guides guide you up the Blackcomb Buttress in Whistler on Blackcomb Peak. Your Mountain Guide will take you on the short walk from the gondola, leading to scenic Blackcomb Lake.  From Blackcomb Lake, we scramble most of the way up the 200 meter Blackcomb Buttress and rock climb short sections with difficulties up to 5.7. Don’t worry if it is too hard - your guide can always haul you up! Once on the mountain summit of Blackcomb Peak, you will descend the Blackcomb Glacier back to the lifts.


The Goods

Length: 1 day

Starting point: Whistler, BC.

Summit Elevation: 2425M (7960ft)

Season: June 1 - October 1

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1

Style of Climbing: Rock

Cost: Starting at $375/person

What's Included

What's included

  • Guide’s fees
  • Group equipment 
  • Technical gear rentals (Harness, Helmet, Axe, Crampons)
  • Photos of the climb 
Not Included

Not included

  • Food
  • Pre and post valley accommodation
  • Mountaineering boot rental
  • Lift pass for Whistler Blackcomb
Gear list

Gear list

Personal Gear

  • Boots - full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Summit-pack - 30 Litres capacity
  • Outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight outer layer waterproof pants - Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers - top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants - nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc.
  • Gloves (light and medium weight) - wool or poly-pro
  • Warm parka/jacket - down, synthetic, fleece or pile
  • Sweater or vest - wool, synthetic, fleece or down
  • Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece
  • Sunglasses -  UV block  with good eye coverage
  • Sunscreen - minimum spf45
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, medications, etc.)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle - minimum 1 litres
  • Small "thermos" for hot drinks (optional)
  • Walking pole - Optional but helpful for the approach
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built-in paint gaiters or boot gaiters

Communal and Technical equipment: (Supplied by AMG if required):

  • Compass and map
  • GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness - seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons - adjusted to your boots
  • Tape / Repair kit

Is this for you?

  • Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside
  • Have top-roped 5.6 as a minimum
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 6 hours
  • Can hike 4 hours in gentle uphill terrain
  • Likes being outside
Booking Policy

Booking Policy

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


Please meet at the Whistler/Blackcomb base at 8:30 am, where we will check gear and go over the day plan. Head up the Seventh Heaven chairlift to Blackcomb Lake. Ascend to the buttress, and return to town for a well-deserved après!



*Contact us for custom dates, duration, and included costs


The Objective

This trip is suitable for the absolute beginner if you have some experience climbing/scrambling and moderate fitness. However, even the experienced mountaineer will enjoy this civilized outing in the mountains.

Elevation gain from lift system: 620m

Climb difficulty: 5.4

Distance (one way): 2.8km


Blackcomb buttress - whistler mountaineering 3
Blackcomb Buttress - Whistler Mountaineering 4

Book a Custom Trip

Custom Date & Duration

June 1- October 1


Warm up session

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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.