Advanced Mountaineering

Types: Alpine, Summer

Advanced Mountaineering

Want to take your alpine climbing and mountaineering to the next level? This course in modern alpinism is just the ticket!

Next Course:
Leaving Jun 28 2024 from $1,249.00

Advanced Mountaineering

Whether you’re looking to hone your alpine skills, learn more about modern alpinism or have a specific objective in mind like Rainier or the Tantalus traverse, our Advanced Mountaineering and Alpinism course will cover the skills you need to safely and efficiently travel through the mountains!

Alpine SnowWith a focus on providing a well-rounded, but modern approach to alpine climbing our Advanced Mountaineering course covers everything from trip planning and navigation to alpine rock, snow and ice climbing and technical descents. Ideal for anyone that’s been playing in the mountains a bit but really wants to take their skills to the next level.

The Advanced Mountaineering course is based out of the Squamish and Whistler areas mainly with some groups heading up as far as Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Not the lakes of course but the peaks in behind the tourist trails. Past Advanced Mountaineering have included field days in the Tantalus Range, Wedge area, Garibaldi, etc. The exact location of the various days can vary a bit depending on current conditions and weather but you can expect 1 or 2 nights camping in the mountains, at least one summit objective day and at least one day in Squamish working on skills.

If this course seems a little more in-depth than what you're looking for we also offer an Intro to Mountaineering & Alpinism course.

Waiver & Risk Management:

As you know, outdoor activities involve numerous hazards including, but not limited to, avalanches, crevasses, rockfall, slips and falls, equipment failure, poor weather, etc. And while we do our best to anticipate and mitigate these hazards we cannot completely eliminate them. So, as with anything fun, you will be required to sign our Participant Release to take part in one of our courses or trips.

Custom Dates Available

Just let us know what dates will work for you and we will put together a custom package.

June 28th to July 1st, 2024

4 spots remaining
Group Size4 persons
Pricing
Quantity: $1,249.00

July 6th to 9th, 2024

4 spots remaining
Group Size4 persons
Pricing
Quantity: $1,249.00

Fine Print:

Day 0.5 – Trip Planning (afternoon/evening session):

  • Trip planning
  • Navigation
  • Weather

Day 1 – Rock Skills:

  • Technical Rock Skills Field Day
    • Squamish
  • Focus On:
    • Trad gear placement
    • Anchor building
    • Multi-pitch climbing & station management
    • Rappelling
    • Long pitching – Short pitching & simul-climbing

Day 2 – Alpine Rock Objective:

  • Utilize new skills for a student lead climb on an alpine rock route
    • Blackcomb Buttress, Sky Pilot, etc.
  • Focus On:
    • Terrain Assessment
    • Transitions
    • Mountain awareness

Day 3 – Snow/Ice Skills:

  • Technical Snow & Ice Skills Field Day
  • Focus On:
    • Glacier travel
    • Snow and ice protection
    • Anchor building
    • Steep snow climbing
    • Improvised descents

Day 4 – Alpine Objective:

  • Student lead climb on an alpine route
    • Garibaldi, Matier, Dione, Serratus, etc.
  • Focus On:
    • Trip Planning
    • Terrain Assessment
    • Transitions
    • Mountain awareness
Advanced Mountaineering

Highlights

  • Trip planning
  • Navigation
  • Steep snow climbing
  • Alpine anchors
  • Improvised descents
  • Snow, ice and rock protection
  • Rope systems
Types Alpine, Summer
Season May through September
Next Course Jun 28 2024
Prices From $1,249.00

What's Included

  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group technical equipment (ropes, rock pro, etc.)
  • Group safety & emergency response equipment
  • Insurance & Permits

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from meeting points
  • Personal mountaineering & camping equipment
  • Lift passes or other specialist transportation if required
  • Meals and accommodation
  • Trip cancellation, travel and medial insurance

Prerequisites

Some mountaineering experience is required and you’ll want some prior experience or training in crevasse rescue.

GENERAL:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & Lip Balm
  • Head Lamp & Spare Batteries
  • Camera (optional)
  • 45-55 Litre Pack
  • Trekking Pole(s)
  • Warm Single or Double Boots

CLOTHING:

  • Wool and/or Synthetic Socks
  • Synthetic or wool base layer, top & bottom
  • Multipurpose climbing pants
  • Waterproof breathable jacket & pants
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Warm outer jacket
  • Toque (beanie) – wool or synthetic
  • Brimmed Cap
  • Face warmer or Buff
  • Light leather gloves
  • Insulated gloves
  • Gaiters (optional)

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay Device
  • Locking Carabiner x 4
  • Non-Locking Carabiner x 3
  • 5m x 7mm Prussic Cord x 1
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Ice Screw

PERSONAL OVERNIGHT EQUIPMENT:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Lighter, Small Stove & Pot
  • Fuel
  • Eating Cup & Spoon
  • Light Camp Shoes

FOOD:

  • Reusable lunch bag
  • Water Bottle and/or Thermos (1L min)
  • Personal Snacks
  • Lunch for days #2 & 3
  • Dinner for day #2
  • Breakfast for day #3
  • Mountaineering Boot Rental - Daily Rental $25.00

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Mountaineering Boot Rental - Daily Rental

We have a variety of rental boots available including the Mammut Nordwand Light Mid GTX and the Kento Guide High GTX in sizes from men's 7.5 to 12.5. If you need boots be sure to let us know what size of street shoe you wear and we'll get it all sorted out. Please note, this is a day rate. If you need the boots for longer just add days up to 3 days which will get you a week.