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The Psychology of Fear & Adventure

Wednesday, 10th July 2019  /  By Dan O'Keefe
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When things get a little scary, they also get more fun! Up to a point. Some people have trouble knowing where that line lies, but most of us have a healthy sense of self-preservation. If you can just press yourself to move into the fear a little, you’ll probably find that you get an extra hit of adrenaline. The heightened adrenaline gives you the ability to do things you might have believed were outside your ability and helps to fix your memories more firmly. [caption id="attachment_6375" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Climbing past your fears[/caption] We are hardwired to remember events that come with an emotional kick, whether that is joy, fear, sadness, excit...

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5 Reasons to try Via Ferrata

Saturday, 28th July 2018  /  By Vince Shuley
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Updated: 7/28/2018: Click here for all of our rock climbing activities: Summer has been poking her head out quite a bit recently in British Columbia, which means that hiking and climbing season is not far away. But have you ever considered a hybrid version of these two alpine activities? Via Ferrata, a form of vertical climbing assisted by metal rungs embedded in the rock, blends the two experiences seamlessly. Begin by hiking in the fresh alpine air. Clip your harness into the cable safety system. Ascend a steep rock face with the ease of climbing a ladder. Soak up the views of the surrounding mountainous terrain. At Mountain Skills Academy we are positive that you'll l...

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Glissading: A Different Kind of Snow Sliding

Friday, 26th May 2017  /  By Vince Shuley

With the recent spike of warm weather on the Coast it's the perfect condition to cool off by walking on an ancient glacier. And just in time, our Whistler Mountaintop Tours are now open for the 2017 summer! We've waxed poetic about the Glacier Walk experience before, but after the high alpine snow levels in the early summer 2016 we noticed a particular offshoot activity gaining popularity on our Whistler Mountaintop via ferrata and glacier tours: glissading. [caption id="attachment_4124" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Roped up and ready for ascent.[/caption] According to the the knowledge bank Wikipedia, glissading is described as " the act of descending a steep snow ...

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An Alternative Peak Experience with Whistler Via Ferrata

Wednesday, 8th June 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
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Sightseeing is officially open on Whistler Mountain. Plenty of people heading up to the alpine to ride the Peak 2 Peak gondola and witness winter's melting snow blanket. The white stuff is still very much present this time of year, as evidenced by the towering snow walls near Whistler Peak. The Peak Chair and the surrounding hiking trails were yet to open, but there's a more exciting way to the reach the top - the Whistler Via Ferrata. If you're unfamiliar with the via ferrata experience, check out these 5 reasons why you should go. [caption id="attachment_3153" align="alignnone" width="710"] A short break for water walking over the sun baked glacier[/caption] Taking an...

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Early Summer Condition Report! Via Ferrata’s & Glacier Discovery Tours

Friday, 3rd July 2015  /  By Dan O'Keefe
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It has been a really exciting start to summer 2015, here at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures HQ. With our new branding, website and also our new Via Ferrata in Squamish - things are shaping up to be very busy this season! For those visiting (or even for those of us who are lucky enough to live here!) the Squamish and Whistler area this summer, we have plenty of unique adventures and experiences for all ages and abilities! We caught up with some of our Mountain Top Guides, to get the 'hot off the press' updates in our early Summer Condition Report 2015. The Whistler Glacier is in perfect condition for ascending and glissading with a nice approach, on our Glaci...

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