Intro to Mountaineering 4 Day Course

This course is jam pack with learning the skills you will need to aquire before planning any alpine climbing objectives. Hands-on student practice with emphasis on alpine terrain travel.  

Learning Outcome:

  • Improved alpine climbing skills
  • Developing better practices and acquiring important decision making tools
  • Mountaineering fundamentals, including mountain hazard assessment, weather forecasting and trip planning
  • Self arrest
  • Glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Alpine anchors
  • Ice axe and crampon technique

Location: Squamish and Blackcomb Mountain
Duration: 4 Days 
Distance: Up to 1hr approach
Terrain: Maintained trails, open alpine, snow and glacial ice
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Ratio: 4 to 1
Prerequisites: Good fitness levels, Rock Climbing Course Level 1
Start: 8.00am
Finish: 4.00pm
Day 0)
90min. online “Zoom” lecture (mountain formations, glaciology and route planning) @ 7pm night before each courses)
Day 1) Route planning, Intro to gear, knots and alpine climbing systems (Squamish Smoke Bluffs)
Day 2) Snow and ice school (Blackcomb Alpine) access provided
Day 3) Crevasse rescue (Blackcomb Alpine) access provided
Day 4) Glacier and mountain travel (Blackcomb Alpine) truck access provided

The course is run over 4 straight days or split over two weekends in a row
Dates for Summer 2023. Select the first date of the course:

  1. July 15th – 16th and July 22nd – 23rd (two weekends)
  2. July 31st – Aug. 3rd (four straight days)
  3. Aug. 14th – 17th (four straight days)
  4. Aug. 19th 20th and Aug. 26th – 27th (two weekends)
  5. Sept. 11th – 14th (four straight days)




I can attest to the extensive local knowledge, the very high technical level of instruction, the constant attention to safety and the never-ending energy and enthusiasm. The boys learned some real backcountry skills while having a lot of fun in a very positive environment.

Alex Marangoni / Guelph, ON