Advanced Mountaineering & Alpinism Course

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

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, this course will cover the skills you need to safely and efficiently travel through the mountains. With a focus on providing a well-rounded, but modern approach to alpine climbing and mountaineering this 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.

Wedge Mountain
Student leading the snow fin on Wedge during an Advanced Mountaineering Course.

Course Details:​

Length:​​ 4.5 days
Location:​​ South Coast, BC
Cost:​​ $1,099 per person
Max Client-Guide Ratio:​​ 4:1
Prerequisites:​​ Previous mountaineering or scrambling
Dates & Availability:
  – June 18 to 21, 2021 (1 spot left)
  – July 1 to 4, 2021 (4 spots left)


This course is base out of the Squamish and Whistler area with some groups heading up as far as Joffrey Park. 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.

Typical Itinerary:

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

Petzl Sum'tec

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


This advanced mountaineering course is designed for climbers who have some experience in the alpine and have tackled a few peaks. If you’ve done some scrambling, are familiar with rock climbing, have some basic knowledge of snow and ice climbing and have been on a glacier before then this course is for you. Other requirements include:

  • Fitness: Ability to hike with a pack on for up to 6 hrs
  • Technical: Can tie basic climbing knots, comfortable belaying, able to walk on rough terrain

Equipment List: List coming


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


  • 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

Fine Print:

  • A $250 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.