Intro to Mountaineering

Types: Alpine, Summer

Intro to Mountaineering

This intro course designed to give climbers and scramblers the essential skills to move quickly and efficiently through alpine rock and glaciated terrain and complete simple to moderate alpine objectives.

Next Course:
Leaving Jun 26 2021 from $599.00

Intro to Mountaineering

BlackSheep's Intro to Mountaineering / Basic Alpinism course will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to get into the alpine this summer!


Have you ever thought of tackling a classic alpine route on a peak like Mt. Wedge, Baker or maybe Garibaldi? There are simply so many amazing alpine routes along the Coast and all the way through to the Rockies. However, they can be dangerous if approached incorrectly. Our Intro to Mountaineering course was specifically designed to give you the essential skills required to choose, prepare and then safely tackle classic alpine routes. We will cover many facets of alpine climbing in a safe, organized and easy to understand approach.

Our ACMG Certified and experienced guides will show you how to safely and efficiently move through alpine terrain including technical rock, steep snow and ice and glaciers.


The first day focuses on what we like to call Rock School where we cover topics like trad gear placement, anchor building, rappelling, belaying and general rope systems. Then on the second day we move on to Snow School were topics like basic glacier travel, snow and ice protection, snow and ice anchors as well as steep snow climbing are covered.

Then, after 2 days of training, the students put those skills together and lead an ascent of a local alpine objective under the guidance of the guide. This provides a great opportunity to really see how some complex alpine terrain can be safely managed in an efficient manner while having fun and getting to the top of a cool peak.

If you think you're ready for something a little harder or more advanced we also offer an Advanced Mountaineering & Alpinism course that delves deeper into the practice of modern alpinism.

Upcoming Courses:

Jun 26 to 28 2021

3 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $599.00

Jul 2 to 4 2021

3 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $599.00

Aug 13 to 15 2021

3 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $599.00

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Day 1 – Rock Skills:

  • Technical Rock Skills Field Day
    • Squamish
  • Focus On:
    • Trad gear placement
    • Anchor building
    • Rappelling
    • Belaying
    • Rope systems

Day 2 – Snow/Ice Skills:

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

Day 3 – Alpine Objective:

  • Student lead climb on an alpine route:
    • Garibaldi, Sky Pilot, Wedge
  • Focus On:
    • Applying technical systems
    • Mountain awareness
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  • Cover Self Arrest, Snow Anchors, Use of Ice Axe & Crampons
  • Learn Glacier Travel Techniques
  • Review Basic Crevasse Rescue
  • Review Basic Rock Protection
  • Alpine Movement & Rope Use
  • Accident & Emergency Response Procedures
  • Gear Prep and Route Selection
  • Technical Descents
Types Alpine, Summer
Season June through September
Next Course Jun 26 2021
Prices From $599.00

What's Included

  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group technical equipment
  • Technical climbing equipment
  • Group safety & emergency equipment
  • Insurance & Permits

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from meeting points
  • Personal camping equipment
  • Lift passes or other specialist transportation if required
  • Meals and accommodation
  • Gratuities
  • 5% GST
  • Trip cancellation, travel and medial insurance


None, this is an introductory course though some prior experience climbing and/or scrambling is an asset.


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


  • 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)


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

* Can be supplied by Black Sheep Adventure Sports at no cost.


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


  • 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

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Harness & Climbing Shoe Rental
Squamish Hostel
Multi-Pitch Bonus Day
Mountain Meals