Intro To Alpine Rock: Whistler & Squamish BC
MSAA
Whistler / Squamish

Intro To Alpine Rock

Intro Alpine Rock Course Mountains, Backcomb Mountain Canada

Summary

 Summer
  • Cost:
  • $399

Location: Coast Mountain Range   Duration: 2 Days   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Intro to Multi-pitch Climbing  

Alpine rock climbing is a revered sport and a timeless climbing tradition.
The required skills are quite different from rock climbing at crags or traditional multi-pitch rock routes. Alpine rock routes often have complicated approaches and descents, sometimes involving a glacier approach, rappels or finding the right drainage or ridge.

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Course Information

Our Intro to Alpine Rock course teaches you the critical skills required to climb alpine rock safely and efficiently. Alpine rock routes often have complicated approaches and descents, sometimes involving a glacier approach, rappels or finding the right drainage or ridge. The terrain has hazards which need to be mitigated. You will learn how to approach each of these challenges in this 2-day course.

Day 1

  • Meet your guide at the pre-arranged meeting spot. Course introduction, waivers, gear check, safety talk.
  • Drive to field location.
  • Topics covered include: climbing in alpine boots, placing trad protection, pitons, natural anchors, rope handling skills and how to move efficiently on alpine rock.
  • End of day. Debrief. Route descriptions and topos, navigation, gear and packing.
  • Assignment: Next days route and trip plan.

Day 2

  • Meeting time and place will be arranged by the guide at the end of Day 1.
  • AM: Weather/conditions discussion. Gear check.
  • Drive to alpine rock objective.
  • Participants will apply new skills to safely ascend a challenging alpine rock objective. Guides will coach and direct on all group decisions.
  • PM: Course debrief and Next Steps

Weather conditions are constantly changing in the Canadian alpine. Be prepared for both hot or cold days and even rain. There are several rain protected climbing venues we endeavour to utilize but it is essential that you pack enough clothing to be prepared for any weather conditions. So please dress according to the forecast for the course days and pack clothes for varying conditions.

We recommend the following:

  • Head Lamp with extra batteries
  • Soft shell type climbing pants
  • Insulating top and bottom underlayers and socks
  • Synthetic or wool tee shirt
  • Mid layer fleece top
  • Weatherproof shell jacket
  • Down or synthetic insulated “puffy” jacket
  • Warm Hat and ballcap
  • Warm mountain or ice climbing gloves
  • Light gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Daypack 35-45 L
  • Toiletries including toilet paper
  • Camera
  • A hiking pole is recommended

Equipment

  • Mountaineering boots
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering axe
  • Crampons
  • 2 x 60m single ropes
  • Belay device
  • Ice screws
  • Snow Picket
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • 6 non-locking carabiners
  • 2 x 5m 7mm prussik
  • 1 x 1.5m 7mm prussik
  • 2 x 120cm slings
  • 6 alpine / trad draws (2 non-locking carabiners and 1 60cm sling = 1 draw)

We have rental equipment available if needed, but we highly recommend using your own gear so you can get comfortable with it under the guide’s instruction.

Guide Gear

  • First aid kit, splint, blister kit
  • Cell phone/satellite phone
  • Guide’s Tarp
  • Programmable Radio

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).

Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance

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 your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.

Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA 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.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to 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. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability.  *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.

Late Arrival Policy

Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 48 hours of start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • More than 48 hours:  $25 rescheduling & refunding fee (per booking).
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, 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.


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