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Advanced mountaineering courses in Canada

Join David, IFMGA/ACMG certified mountain guide, on these challenging 5-day advanced mountaineering courses in the Canadian mountains!

Mountain RangeRockies
Duration5 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


This advanced course in mountaineering is a 4 to 5 day program where participants will be able to take their mountaineering skills to the next level!

During this challenging course, climbers will be able to ascend various peaks where some of the topics that we will cover are:

  • Advanced rope handling
  • Advanced snow and glacier excursion
  • Improvised snow, rock & ice anchors
  • Ice climbing & alpine rock climbing
  • Ascent & descent development in mixed alpine terrain
  • Risky management and leadership
  • Advanced navigation, route planning & mountain weather
  • Advanced crevasse rescue

Our flexible itinerary, will vary depending on weather conditions and course location. This 4 or 5 day trip may take place in the Selkirk mountains, the Canadian Rockies or the Coast mountains. Some of the areas we may visit will be the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, the Horseshoe Glacier, and more.

Regarding weather conditions, mountain weather is difficult to predict for more than one day ahead. In summer, temperatures should be expected to go from 10C to 28C during the day to even below zero at night.

Additionally, all participants must be in great physical shape and have both rock climbing as well as mountaineering experience.

Suitable for advanced and adventurous climbers,  if you are ready to take on this adventure in the Canadian mountains, request to book this trip and get ready for a experience you’ll never forget!

If you have no experience, you are also welcome to try one of our introduction courses!


In a tent and remote mountain huts

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On this program we offer participants access to all the technical equipment at no extra charge. This includes: -harnesses -helmets -belay device -carabineers -ice axes -crampons -and much more.




Day 1: Drive, hike in & set up camp

After an early start, we will drive to the trail head and hike into the backcountry location selected for the course. Once the camp is established, we will spend the remainder of the day reviewing and learning skills like movement on snow & ice, rope management, advanced navigation & route planing, hazard management & leadership. When ever possible, the instructor will give participant the opportunity to practice leadership skills.

Day 2: Skills Review Day

Day 2 focus is to review, standardize and integrate some of the advanced mountaineering skills and techniques. Some of the topics covered in this section include advanced snow and glacier travel, ice climbing as well as advanced crevasse rescue. We will also continue building on yesterday’s skills.

Day 3 to 5: More Skills and Peak Ascents

The focus on these last 3 days is to ascend various peaks and routes while continuing to work on various mountaineering skills and give ample leadership opportunities to participants. Topics covered in this section include: ascent & descent progression in mixed alpine terrain, improvised snow/rock & ice anchors and alpine rock climbing skills.

Participant will be responsible for choosing some of the objectives and the skills they are interested on expanding on. On the last day, we will try and accomplish one last peak ascent before hiking out and returning to civilization. The exact return time is flexible and depends on participant goals and needs

About the guide

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I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.

The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.

The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

CAD 1232 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Permit and entrance fees

Price details

• - This price is for the four day program. Services NOT included: -5% gst tax -dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available for $45/night -technical gear including ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness, prussix cords, carabiners *SMG rentals $30 day -personal clothing, overnight equipment, mountaineering boots -personal lunch & snacks -travel to meeting location and accommodation prior to field portion trip -transport to trailhead -gratuities -trip interruption -cancellation insurance or medical insurance -additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather

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