Custom Mountaineering Trip
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Location: Whistler & Sea to Sky
At Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, taking people into the mountains is how it all started. We are pleased to be one of the go-to guiding companies for Mountaineering in the Sea to Sky. We love to take people into the high mountains on treks they will always remember. Our top guides know the terrain and the best route options.
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From a half day summer scramble up to the peak of Whistler to multi-day expeditions through some of the most sought-after peaks in the unique and challenging West Coast Mountains, our guides will make your time with us unforgettable. Choose from spectacular peaks on Whistler Blackcomb, The Tantalus Range, Wedge Mountain, Mount Garibaldi, or Sky Pilot in the Squamish area.
If you don’t see the ideal Squamish or Whistler mountaineering trip listed below, the team at Mountain Skills Academy is happy to put together the ideal trip for your time available, skill levels, and goals. We have designed mountaineering adventures for all levels of experience, and for anyone who has a good fitness level.
Take a look at the 'Trip List' tab for a selection of our favourite mountaineering objectives.
(Location: Squamish / Duration: 1 - 2 days / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: Previous Mountaineering is an asset)
Aptly named, rising 2130 meters directly above the Pacific Ocean, Sky Pilot Mountain certainly provides one with an aerial experience! The mountain itself stands as a proud pinnacle among a spectacular cluster of peaks. The ascent to the summit is considered a moderate alpine climb, initially ascending the Stadium glacier to either the South or West Ridge, past the Pink Slab crux and to the summit.
If you are looking for a one day "summit push" you can book directly HERE.
(Location: Mount Garibaldi / Duration: 2 days / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: None)
Mount Garibaldi (2678m) is one of the most well known peaks in the Sea to Sky Corridor.Join us for an overnight expedition to one of the most well-known peaks in the Sea to Sky Corridor, Mount Garibaldi. The NE ridge of Mt Garibaldi is the most popular route offering steep snow and ice climb leading to amazing views of Howe Sound and the surrounding peaks.
(Location: Wedge Mountain / Duration: 2 Days / Fitness: Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: Previous hiking/backcountry experience)
This route is mostly lower angled snow, but is very exposed as you make your way across the arête to the upper flanks of the mountain. The first day is hiking to an alpine hut where you will spend the night before attempting the mountain the next day. From the hut, you’ll make your way up the sweeping Wedge Glacier to the start of the climb. Descend the mountain back to the hut to gather your stuff before descending the trail to the valley.
(Location: Mount Matier / Duration: 2 Days / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: Hiking/backcountry experience an asset)
The normal routes are on the northeast face which involve a glacial approach and descent. About three hours of climbing on mostly 45 degree snow and ice (late season) ascends to the rocky summit where the panoramic views of Joffre, Slalock, Vantage, and beyond are stunning.
If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!
Depending on the location/objective a full packing lift will be sent at the time of booking. Below we have included a sample equipment list.
Group gear (included):
- Satellite Phone / Spot / Radio
- Climbing Rack
- Climbing pants (light pants that allow maximum mobility)
- Tee shirt
- 2 Mid layer fleece or wool top
- Weatherproof shell jacket
- Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
- Warm hat
- Light gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Approach shoes
- 35-45L pack
- Walking pole (optional)
- 2 locking carabiners
- 1 double length sling
- Headlamp with fresh batteries and spare bulb
- Water bottle – thermos recommended for hot beverage
- Toiletries & personal medications – toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, anti-inflammatory, etc…
- Glacier Travel Kit (if you know how to use it)
Weather conditions here are constantly changing. Plan ahead, look at the weather forecast, and prepare for the potential weather conditions. Consider that when you are not climbing you can cool down quickly, so bringing layers is a good plan.
Join one of our professional IMFGA Mountain Guides for a trip that focuses on technical climbing routes in the classic Tantalus Range.
Mt Habrich Multi-Pitch Ascent
Take in the incredible views of Howe Sound and Squamish from the peak of Mount Habrich!