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Ice Climbing Super Course

Summary

Duration: 5 DaysCost: $950.00 pp
Location: Whistler/Pemberton
Fitness: Good Ability: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

This comprehensive course is designed to produce well rounded ice climbers. Participants can expect to leave the course not only fully independent in all aspects of ice climbing, but with a strong foundation that will propel their ice climbing careers.

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The following dates are available for this course.

We will post up more public dates if there is demand, so please let us know what dates work better for you.

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Course Information

Our exclusive all-ecompasing Ice Climbing Super Course is unique in the industry and probably unrivalled anywhere in the world.

This course incorporates the following modules:

  • Intro to Ice
  • Intro to Mixed Climbing
  • Intro to Multi-Pitch Ice

This comprehensive course is designed to produce well rounded ice climbers. Participants can expect to leave the course not only fully independent in all aspects of ice climbing, but with a strong foundation that will propel their ice climbing careers.

Perfect for those who have never tried climbing but are outdoor enthusiaists, rock climbers looking to get out during the colder months or those who have tried ice climbing once or twice and want to spend a week really getting to know the technical side of things and having an absolutely incredible time doing it!

Day One

  • 08:00 Meet at Whistler Alpine Guides office
  • Meet and greet, sign waivers, safety discussion and gear check
  • Drive to field location (this will be determined by the guide on the day based on conditions)
  • Lessons 1 – 10
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day

Day Two

  • 08:00 Meet at Whistler Alpine Guides office
  • Safety discussion and gear check
  • Drive to field location
  • Safety reminder: Current hazards and safety protocols for ice climbing
  • Ice climbing warm up
  • Lessons 1 – 10
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day

Day three

  • 08:00 Meet at Whistler Alpine Guides office
  • Safety discussion and gear check
  • Drive to field location
  • Lessons 1 – 10
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day

Day Four

  • 08:00 Meet at Whistler Alpine Guides office
  • Safety discussion, gear check, and route selection
  • Drive to field location
  • Lessons 1 – 9
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day
  • Evening homework: Evaluate next days Weather & CAA Avalanche Forecast. Choose an appropriate ice route using Parks Canada ATES Scale

Day Five

  • 08:00 Morning Meeting: Homework review, Q & A session, day’s agenda, gear check
  • Drive to field location
  • Safety: Review current hazards and safety protocols & situational awareness
  • Climb a Multi-pitch ice route
  • Lessons 1 and 2
  • Course debrief and next step recommendations

We are happy to help source any rental gear you need for your trip

Clothing

  • Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Mid layer fleece top
  • Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Gaiters
  • Warm hat and balaklava
  • 2 pairs of gloves (preferably light and waterproof)
  • Warm mittens
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen

Equipment

  • Backpack 25-35L
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Mountaineering boots
  • 2 technical ice axes
  • Crampons
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • 3 x 120cm sling
  • Belay device (Petzl Reverso or Black Diamond ATC Guide)
  • 1 Abalacov Hooker
  • 1 small knife
  • 1 x 1m 7mm prussik
  • 5 medium ice screws
  • 4 long ice screws
  • 6 quickdraws or 60cm slings or screamers with non-locking carabiners

*Food and water are not included

If you are looking to continue climbing beyond this weekend we strongly recommend purchasing at least your own harness, helmet, locking carabiner and belay device.

Please bring these along to the course so we can teach you the correct usage techniques and get you climbing comfortably in your own gear.

 

Day One

  • Lesson 1 Equipment: Adjust crampons, harnesses, helmets and backpack set-ups.
  • Lesson 2 Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Lesson 3 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols.
  • Lesson 4 Crampons: Low angle ice cramponing and front pointing techniques.
  • Lesson 5 Ice & tools: Momentum axe swing, proper stance (shoulders square, elbow up & pointing), ideal ice placement (convexities)
  • Lesson 6: Ice movement, stability, stance and balance.Lesson 7 Knots: Knots and tying into the rope.
  • Lesson 8 Belaying, rope management, commands and safety systems for top rope climbing.
  • Lesson 9 MSA 3PX technique – summarized; Three points of contact, safe & stable position, effortless forward movement, economy of movement – straight arm or locked off position, the perfect swing, the perfect kick, dynamic forward motion
  • Lesson 10 Perfecting 3PX technique towards expert technique (staggered ice axes, pacing and resting, advanced dynamic forward motion, steep ice technique)

Day Two

  • Lesson 1 Evaluate Weather & CAA Avalanche Forecast.
  • Lesson 2 Choose an appropriate venue and route – use Parks Canada ATES Scale
  • Lesson 3 Ice screws, protection placement stances, v-threads, bolted anchors, screamer draws, v-thread hooking tool, screw quick clips
  • Lesson 4 Rappelling system: anchor/testing backing up v-threads
  • Lesson 5 Setting up top ropes
  • Lesson 6 How to best rack up and prepare for lead climbing: belayer position, climbing commands, picking a route, guidebooks
  • Lesson 7 Demo lead climb
  • Lesson 8 Mock leads (this is mock leading with the safety of a top rope)
  • Lesson 9 Cleaning ice screws
  • Lesson 10 Actual lead with safety, feedback and fine-tuning

Day three

  • Lesson 1 Equipment: Adjust crampons, harnesses, helmets and backpack set-ups.
  • Lesson 2 Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Lesson 3 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols.
  • Lesson 4 Safety: Current hazards and safety protocols for mixed climbing.
  • Lesson 5 Equipment: Intro to mixed climbing specific equipment.
  • Lesson 6 Mixed grades explained and the guide book
  • Lesson 7 Belaying and special dry tooling considerations.
  • Lesson 8 Introduction to the MSA Mixed Master Dry Tooling technique: tool and crampon placement, movement, free range tool exchange, resting, strategy, tool stowing technique and more.
  • Lesson 9 Dry tooling demo and practice.
  • Lesson 10 Dry tooling practice with quality feedback and fine-tuning.

Day Four

  • Lesson 1 Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Lesson 2 Onsite safety: Current hazards, safety protocols and situational awareness.
  • Lesson 3 Equipment: Intro to multi-pitch ice specific equipment.Ice climbing warm up: Practice the MSA iceXpert ice climbing technique.
  • Lesson 4 Rappelling technique with back up prussic/fireman belay.
  • Lesson 5 Ice screw & v-thread anchors.
  • Lesson 6 Multi-pitch demo and practice.
  • Lesson 7 Participants climb a mini multi-pitch climb.
  • Lesson 8 Multi-pitch ice descent
  • Lesson 9 Ice & avalanche conditions assessment

Day Five

  • Lesson 1 Multi-pitch ascent system in action
  • Lesson 2 Multi-pitch descent system in action

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Important Information

We offer two types of Insurance and strongly recommend you purchase both through our provider or otherwise.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident you medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Please see the relevant full policy document:

For Canadians taking a hut trip see here

For international visitors taking any of our courses or trips see here

Cancellation Insurance

While no one makes a booking with the intent of not being able to undertake their course, the fact of the matter is there are an endless number of legitimate reasons why such an eventuality might occur. Cancellation insurance costs approximately 4% of the cost of your trip and covers you for any reasonable eventuality that prevents your attendance. We strongly recommend this worthwhile investment.

Please read TIC’s full Cancellation Insurance policy here. If you wish to purchase insurance we recommend Travel Underwriters and they can be found at www.travelunderwriters.com or 1800-663-5389

All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard, VISA or American Express through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

If conditions force us to altogether cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. If you require cancellation for any other reason unfortunately this usually isn’t possible less than 8 weeks (56 days) from the commencement of your course as we have already begun to incur costs related to your booking at this time. We offer cancellation insurance through TIC and we strongly recommend you take this at the time of booking. Please see the insurance tab for more details. Alternatively if you are able to find someone else to take your place please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here – scroll down the page to see relevant information.


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