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Introduction to Crevasse Rescue Part 1 – The Gear

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017  /  By Vince Shuley

Ski mountaineering season will soon be upon us and that means going after bigger objectives in more technical terrain. One of the gateways to standing on summits and skiing couloirs in western Canada is glaciers. These stretching snow-covered ice sheets  provide suitable access routes and great low-angle skiing. But a caveat of glacier travel - whether on skis, skins or snowshoes - is the prevalence of crevasses. These gaping cracks form where the glacial ice in tension, creating a dangerous fall hazard.[caption id="attachment_3809" align="alignnone" width="710"] Travelling roped up in groups requires practice and good team communication[/caption]By mid-winter (de...

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Level Up with a Rock Climbing Course

Friday, 19th August 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
rock climbing course

Like many sports, rock climbing has a steep learning curve when starting out. Many aspiring rock climbers begin their journey in an indoor climbing gym before trying their hand (and feet) at outdoor rock. Some climbers take to outdoor walls quickly, rapidly developing the skills and strength required for more difficult routes and are soon ready to attempt their first lead climb. But for each significant step to becoming an accomplished rock climber, the more skills are required to keep the climber and their partner safe. That's when it's worth investing in some training from a professional with a rock climbing course. I'm ready to climb outside As great as climbing gyms a...

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Beginner’s Guide to Rock Climbing

Tuesday, 17th May 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
Performance Alpine Clinic Rock Climbing Canada

Of all the mountain pursuits, rock climbing can be one of the most intimidating. Watching videos of professional athletes ascend impossible-looking vertical walls with nothing but tiny ledges for grip, it's not hard to see why it can be perceived elitist-only sport. But like every experienced rock climber, the pros had to start somewhere. In this Beginner's Guide to Rock Climbing, we'll hopefully dispel some of the perceived barriers to the sport and show that with a bit of perseverance, anyone can do it. Step 1: Own the Fear While those with acrophobia (fear of heights) would likely be the last to try rock climbing, you may be surprised how many climbers have to learned ...

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Crevasse Rescue Training for Skiers

Sunday, 13th March 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
crevasse rescue training

Ski touring takes us to some amazing places in the mountains. But those mountains can be fraught with dangers such as avalanches. But lurking ounder the snow surface is another  another hidden hazard - gaping cracks in snow and ice that can swallow people whole, also known as crevasses. For this reason, every backcountry skier or boarder travelling over glaciated terrain - particularly in the early winter and spring months - should take some form of crevasse rescue training.[caption id="attachment_2960" align="alignnone" width="710"] Indoor (dryland) crevasse rescue training is a great way to introduce the technique, but training on snow is essential[/caption] Resc...

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AST 2 Avalanche Course – Higher Learning

Thursday, 28th January 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
AST 2 avalanche course Whistler

Why take the AST 2? One of the most common misconceptions with avalanche education is that a course (such as the AST 1) leads to the candidate becoming "certified" for winter backcountry travel. As any ski guide will attest, all avalanche training is part of ongoing education. That applies whether you're a first-year backcountry rookie in Whistler or a ski guide in Revelstoke with more than 15 years experience. After a season or two of gaining experience and awareness of avalanche terrain, the next step for recreationists is investing in the four-day AST 2 course.[caption id="attachment_2832" align="alignnone" width="710"] When it comes to avalanches, prevention is bett...

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AST 1 Avalanche Course (FAQs)

Wednesday, 25th November 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Powder Skiing Rogers Pass

The motivation to travel beyond the ski resort boundary rope has never been bigger. Ski and snowboard touring equipment is lighter, stronger and stiffer than ever before. Tracks fill out resorts on powder days in less time than it takes to cook pasta. People are yearning for fresh terrain, fresh tracks and fresh experiences. The prerequisite? Getting educated with an avalanche course. To help bring you up to speed on this essential piece of mountain education, we've answered some Frequently Asked Questions. Where do I Start? If you're an advanced freerider looking to shred backcountry lines and haven't taken an avalanche course yet, the Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (...

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AST1 & Backcountry Skiing Discounts

Tuesday, 24th November 2015  /  By eric dumerac
AST 1 Field Day Canadian Rockies

Welcome winter, 2015/2016 We've well and truly said goodbye to summer here at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome in the winter. It's time to dust off the skis and touring gear, for another season of winter adventures!Over the last few weeks we have been busy putting together our course outlines and dates for Avalanche Skills Training (in Whistler/Squamish, and Banff/Canmore), Ski Mountaineering & Ice Climbing across Canada.Whether you are based in the Whistler/Squamish area, or in Banff/Canmore, there are many ways you can make sure you tick off some of those winter 'bucket list' objectives you've been planning for...

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Helpful Rockies and Whistler weather resources

Thursday, 29th October 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Snowmaking Gun Valle Nevado

As the northerners of Westeros have prophesized, winter is coming. The 2015/16 season is going to be one of those nail biters, with every news and ski media outlet throwing out their two cents of what El Niño will bring. Rather than join the circus of speculation, today we're going to share the most helpful Rockies and Whistler weather resources. A note on weather forecasts: Despite the vast technological advances in weather modelling used by scientists and meteorologists, a chaotic element remains embedded in every weather system. Meaning, when the weather doesn't quite match the forecast, shooting (or online trolling) the messenger isn't going to improve the quality of...

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Essential Mountaineering Gear

Thursday, 15th October 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Essential Mountaineering Gear

Last week we talked about how October is one of the best months for alpine climbing and with some sun left in this month's forecast, there's still time to tick off a few objectives. If you're new to climbing or mountaineering, the equipment, skills and physical exertion required to make it to the top of a mountain can seem a little daunting at first and likely, outside a lot of people's budgets. The great thing about mountaineering gear is that it's built to last; stainless steel teeth, aircraft aluminium shafts, nickel-plated threads. Hardware may need some sharpening after a couple seasons of heavy use, but otherwise it won't deteriorate at the same rate as skis and out...

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Essential Mountain Education: First Aid Course

Wednesday, 23rd September 2015  /  By Vince Shuley

Have you ever been hurt in the mountains or been there when one of your friends were? If it was in a ski resort then you likely only had to wait a few minutes before a ski patroller came to the rescue or in the case of it being a more serious injury, called in the cavalry in the form of toboggan or even a helicopter to get your broken self to emergency medical care. But out in the backcountry it's a different story. If you are lucky enough to have contact via cell phone or a satellite communicator in an emergency then Search and Rescue can be dispatched to your approximate location straight away, though if the hours of remaining daylight are few, a rescue will often be p...

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