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Mountaineering 4 Day Course

The mountains have a thousand lessons for the ones willing to listen. We’ve endeavored to communicate a lifetime of learning and confidence into this action packed 4 day course! We introduce you to the world of alpine climbing and open the door for you to explore the mountains safely on your own!

Learning Outcome: Improved alpine climbing skills, developing better practices and acquiring important decision making tools. We teach you a long list of mountaineering fundamentals, including mountain hazard assessment, weather forecasting, trip planning, self arrest, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, alpine anchors, ice axe, crampon technique, how to properly place pitons, and much more!

Location: Squamish
Duration: 4 Days @ 8 hours per day + 90min. online lecture
Distance: Up to 1hr approach
Terrain: Maintained trails, open alpine, snow and glacial ice
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Ratio: 4 to 1
Prerequisites: Good fitness levels, Rock Climbing Course Level 1
Start: 8.00am
Finish: 4.00pm
Itinerary:
Day 0)
90min. online “Zoom” lecture (mountain formations, glaciology and route planning) @ 7pm night before each courses)
Day 1) Intro to gear, knots and alpine climbing systems (Squamish Smoke Bluffs)
Day 2) Snow and ice school (Blackcomb Alpine or Sea to Sky) 4×4 truck access provided
Day 3-4) Crevasse rescue, glacier travel, route planning (Possible overnight Blackcomb Alpine or Sea to Sky) 4X4 truck access provided

The course is run over 4 straight days or two weekends in a row
Dates for Summer 2021:

  • May 29th – 30th and June 5th – 6th (2 weekends) 
  • June 19th – 20th and June 26th – 27th (2 weekends)
  • June 21st – 24th (4 straight days)
  • July 3rd – 4th and July 10th – 11th (2 weekends)
  • July 9th – 12th (4 straight days)
  • July 17th – 18th and July 24 – 25th (2 weekends)
  • July 26th – 29th (4 straight days)
  • August 2nd – 5th (4 straight days)
  • August 7th – 8th and August 14th – 15th (2 wwekends)
  • August 21st – 22nd and August 28th 29th (2 weekends)
  • Ausgut 31st – September 3rd (4 staight days)
  • September 4th – 5th and September 11th 12th (2 weekends)
  • September 7th – 10th (4 straight days)
  • September 18th – 19th and September 25th 26th (2 weekends)

Gear

Personal equipment including mountaineering boots required
We provide climbing and rescue gear, including ice axe and crampons if needed

I can attest to the extensive local knowledge, the very high technical level of instruction, the constant attention to safety and the never-ending energy and enthusiasm. The boys learned some real backcountry skills while having a lot of fun in a very positive environment.

Alex Marangoni / Guelph, ON