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4-day Intro to Alpine Climbing in British Columbia

Join Andrew, an ACMG-certified mountain guide, for this 4 day introductory alpine climbing course. You will learn the skills and techniques that you will need for your all your future mountaineering adventures!

Mountain RangeCoast Mountains
Duration4 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup


  • Designed for beginning mountaineers or experienced rock climbers

  • Maximum of 4 participants for lots of personalized instruction

  • Learn the essential skills you will need for your next alpine adventure


If you are an aspiring mountaineer looking to learn essential alpine skills and techniques, then this course is perfect for you!

In order to safely and successfully summit any alpine mountain, it is critical to take the time to learn the basics.  This course is especially designed for beginning mountaineers as well as experienced rock climbers who are looking to familiarize themselves with how to move on snow and ice in an alpine environment. With my expert instruction, you will come away from this trip with the foundation you will need for all your future alpine mountaineering adventures.

We will be based in the wilderness outside of Whistler/Squamish during this 4 day program. Specific topics we will cover include: navigation skills, glacier travel theory and practice, crevasse rescue procedures, equipment, ice and crampon techniques, and more.  The course will include plenty of instruction and theory, but we will also have ample time to practice what we have learned. In fact, we will dedicate an entire day to practicing our ice climbing skills and summiting a mountain.  For the complete outline of the course, see the day-by-day itinerary below.

Book now for a rewarding 4 days in the mountains while you learn the essentials of alpine mountaineering. After this course, you will have the foundation you need to stay safe as you tackle your next mountaineering goal!

Check out a few of my other exciting trips here: Bugaboos 4-day mountaineering trip to Purcell Mountains and Stawamus Chief 2-day beginner friendly guided climb in Squamish!


Meeting point

We can meet in either Squamish or Whistler




Day 1: Arrival

We will meet in Squamish or Whistler for gear check. From there, we transfer to the mountains and hike to our campsite on foot. Once we arrive, we will learn about navigation skills and basic knots

Day 2: Education Day

We will spend the day learning about: Snow travel, ice axe and crampon techniques, using ropes to travel on glaciers, glacier travel theory, how to construct snow and ice anchors, and finally crevasse rescue procedures

Day 3: Practice Day

We will put into practice everything we learned the previous two days as we head toward a summit and/or ice climbing route

Day 4: Departure

Before departing the mountains, we will have a chance to continue practicing our crevasse rescue skills or review any other topic we discussed during the preceding days

About the guide

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I love climbing, especially big granite alpine walls, towers and spires. However I love all types of climbing from bouldering to ice climbing and enjoy giving others the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors we have here in western Canada!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 980 each

Group of 2

CAD 980 each

Group of 3

CAD 980 each

Group of 4

CAD 980 each

Group of 5

CAD 980 each

Group of 6

CAD 980 each

Group of 7

CAD 980 each

Group of 8

CAD 980 each

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- Guiding fee

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