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Wapta Traverse - Skiing down to Bow Hut

Spring Wapta Ski Traverse

This spring Altus’s IFMGA Mountain Guide Ross Berg guided the Wapta Traverse.  Weather and snow conditions cooperated and everyone had a great time.  Altus Mountain Guides gives a big thanks to the clients for being in such good shape and choosing to ski with us!  Hope to see you again.    

Mystic steep Granite.

Altus Guides get out to scrub a new route in Squamish.

Today Altus Mountain Guides Paul McSorley and Crosby Johnston went to work on a new route in Squamish. This gem of a find deep in the Squamish Jungle is revealing itself to possibly becoming a burly 5.12+ multi pitch climb.  It is a steep overhanging dihedral system stacked with steep cracks that stay dry, even…

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The rock was dry today in Squamish!

Today Squamish’s local IFMGA Altus Mountain Guide Crosby Johnston climbed the Apron  on the Squamish Chief.  From Banana Peel all the routes up on the Apron looked dry.  If we get little to no rain, the rock will remain dry thanks to the Howe Sound winds,the warmth of the rock and the dry cracks and…

Nearing the top of the Acrophobe Towers high on Angels Crest

Angels Crest! Summer is on it’s way.

  As of last week the climb is completely dry thanks to the strong Howe Sound winds and the sunny skies of spring. Few climbs in Squamish serve up the zesty taste of alpine justice like the Angels Crest Arete.  Several steep pitches punctuate a half kilometer of ridgework with showstopping positions along the serrated spine…


Climbing with a Legend: A day with Fred Beckey

  Last week, I had a chance to get out on the cliffs of Squamish with a man who needs no introduction to the area: Fred Beckey.  In fact Fred is largely responsible for introducing the rest of the world to Squamish.  Since the late fifties, when the Sea to Sky highway was just a…

Star Chek Arete Video

Star Chek Arete Video

The Star Check Arete is one of the most scenic and enjoyable outings in the Sea to Sky corridor.  Whether you’re new to climbing or just want to experience the wild exposure of this mega classic, join us for this truly memorable outing. Thanks to Bill McFarlane for making this fun video!

Kicking up Mount Curry

Snowboarding Mount Curry

Last week in the Whistler area was all time!! One of the best weeks of skiing i personally have ever had! Great snow, good stability, perfect weather (except the few times we got stuck in a cloud on a summit…) It cant really get much better.

Christy dropping in off the Vantage shoulder.  Anniversary Glacier run out below

Keiths Hut Overnight Trip

This year we donated 2 days of ski guiding to the Whistler Ski Club fundraiser. Brain and Christy from Vancouver where the lucky purchasees of the trip! After an almost 2 meter storm we headed up to the “Keith Hut” at the toe of the Anniversary Glacier for 2 days of skiing. With marginal weather but perfect snow we managed to sneak in some terrific runs off Vantage Peak.

Decker Right

Blackcomb Backcountry Circuit

Ill admit it im a bit of a creature of habit. I often like to ski the same old circuits out ski touring. I like to see the same terrain in different conditions through the season and years, i find you have a greater appreciation for the terrain. You get to know it intimately.
I had a client this week for a day of ski touring, it was his first time ever in the backcountry but said he was an “expert” skier, conditions where pretty much perfect so i was hoping we could manage a big day touring into the Blackcomb backcountry. We ended up skiing about 2000m over 4 outstanding runs.