Mount Tricouni - North Ridge

5.4 alpine rock ridge.

The Mount Tricouni North Ridge is one of the quickest and best alpine rock routes the Coast Mountains have to offer.  This classic coastal mountaineering objective is a striking exposed rock ridge with difficulties up to 5.4 leading to an air summit over looking both the Squamish and Whistler Valleys.  The trip starts with a 4x4 journey almost right into the alpine followed by a 1 to 2 hour alpine meadow approach and finally across the north glacier sees us on the ridge proper.  An absolute must do for anyone seeking a 1 day alpine trip.


The Goods

Length: 1 day

Starting point: Squamish or Whistler BC.

Summit Elevation: 2075M (6807ft)

Season: June 1 - October 1

Style of Climbing: Steep snow and Rock


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

  • Pre and post valley accommodation
  • Use of mountaineering boots
  • Lunch
Gear list

Gear list

Personal Gear

  • Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
  • Sleeping pad – therma-rest style or closed-cell foam
  • Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
  • Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2-3 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block  with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built in paint gaiters or boot gaiters

Communal equipment: (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Light weight 2 or 3 person tent
  • Single burner stove and fuel
  • Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Compass and map
  • GPS

Technical equipment (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Tape / Repair kit

Is this for you?

The number one questions we get from our guest is "are they ready for a multi-pitch?". 99.9% the answer is YES, our guide job is literally to push guests ability. If you have some minimum climbing and eagerness for a day of adventure we can make the day 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 3 hours
  • Can hike 1 hour in gentle uphill terrain
  • Likes being outside

Sounds too basic for you? We got you covered, our crew can guide anything from the easiest to nearly the hardest routes in Squamish.



Meet in either Whistler or Squamish depending on where you are staying.  We meet for a gear inspection before heading out to the trailhead on the west side of the 99 highway right between Squamish and Whistler BC.  We will then spend the whole day in the alpine climbing and return in the afternoon.  Typically we will depart 6am and return 4pm.

*Contact us for custom dates, duration and included costs


The Objective

Tricouni North Ridge is a great objective for any climber with some alpine or rock experience with difficulties to 5.4.  The day is anywhere from 8 - 12 hours long so good fitness and the ability to move through hiking and scrambling terrain all day is imperative.

Elevation gain from trailhead: 750m

Climb steepness: 45 - 55 degrees

Rock difficulty: 5.4

Distance (one way): 4.1km


North Face of Mt. Garibaldi
Mount Tricouni North Ridge

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.