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Introductory mountaineering courses in Canada

David, IFMGA/ACMG certified mountain guide, wants to take you on these exciting introductory mountaineering courses in Canada!

Mountain RangeRockies
Duration4 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Are you ready for an exciting introductory mountaineering course in the beautiful Canadian mountains?

Suitable for people with minimal experience, this adventure will be the perfect opportunity to learn about general mountaineering on snow, rock, mixed terrain and glaciers.

Depending on the participants’ wishes, our 4 or 5 day adventure may take place in the Canadian Rockies, the Coast mountains or the Nelson area, where we may explore the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, the Macbeth Icefields, and more!

During this introductory course, participants will learn the essential mountain travel techniques along with entry level rock, snow & ice climbing skills.

Some of the skills covered include:

  • Essential movement skills on rock
  • Essential knots & rope handling
  • Commands & belaying
  • Top-rope climbing on rock & rappelling
  • Basic rock anchor construction
  • Ice axe and crampon use
  • Movement skills on mixed, snow & ice terrain
  • Self-arrests & glacier travel techniques
  • Basic snow & ice anchors
  • Crevasse rescue fundamentals
  • Hazard management & preparedness
  • Route selection & emergency methods
  • Navigation (maps, compass and GPS skills)
  • Possible basic peak ascents

Before we start our course, we will have a pre-trip meeting where we will review our planned itinerary and current weather conditions. You will find the details below!

Due to the high elevations, it will be difficult to predict the mountain weather. .  Keep in mind that in summer, temperatures are expected to be from 10C to 28C in the day while overnight temperatures in the high alpine may drop even below zero. Consequently, you will need to prepare for different climatic conditions

As our flexible itinerary will vary depending on the participants wishes, weather conditions and course location, we will be based in a remote mountain hut or a backcountry camp in order to get the most of our lessons.

So if you are ready to immerse yourself in the mountaineering world, request to book this trip and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Already have mountaineering experience and want to improve them? We also offer advanced courses!


In a tent and in remote mountain huts

More info

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: Rock Skills day

8:00 AM meeting at local climbing site. We will cover the following:

  • Intro to common rock climbing equipment
  • Movement skills intro and bouldering
  • Basic knots, belaying, rope handling and commands
  • Rock climbing with the safety of a rope
  • Integration of movement skills while roped climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • Practice belaying, rappelling and anchor construction if time allows
  • Course debrief and wrap-up by 5:00pm

Some course locations allow us to cover all the skills in the field as part of our out trip. If this is the case with the chosen location, we would hike into the mountains on this day.

Day 2 to 4: Remote mountain hut or backcountry camp location

  • On these intense backcountry based days we will focus on snow, ice and glacier skills and plan on a few basic mountaineering ascents. The proximity of the mountain environment will provide with many learning opportunities for the students. Some of the topics that will be covered in this section include:
  • movement skills on mixed snow and ice terrain
  • ice axe and crampon use
  • self-arrests
  • snow and glacier travel skills
  • navigation (maps, compass and GPS skills)
  • preparedness
  • emergency procedures
  • basic hazard assessment
  • safe route selection
  • basic snow & ice anchors
  • roped travel and
  • crevasse rescue fundamentals


Day 5: Last day!!!

We will have some time in the morning to touch up on any of the previously learned skills or try something new! Finally, the after-noon will be spent hiking out then we will return to civilization.

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

Group of 1

CAD 1078 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Permit and entrance fees

Price details

• Services NOT included: -5% gst tax -dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available for $45/night -national park wilderness passes ~$10/night -personal clothing -overnight equipment -mountaineering boots -personal lunch & snacks -travel to meeting location -accommodation prior to field portion trip -gratuities -trip interruption -cancellation insurance or medical insurance -additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather

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