Alpine rock is a majestic sport, providing the physical and technical challenge of rock climbing and the freedom of being high in the hills. Imagine climbing an immaculate ridge with amazing views and exposure, seeing the world below as if one were a soaring eagle.
Alpine rock is a majestic sport, providing the physical and technical challenge of rock climbing and the freedom of being high in the hills.
Imagine climbing an immaculate ridge with amazing views and exposure, seeing the world below as if one were a soaring eagle.
Join MSA in our intro to alpine rock course and experience an alpine high!
Alpine routes are varied in technical difficulty, ranging from scrambling type terrain with little exposure to physically demanding climbs with dizzying exposure.
Approaches and descents are often complex, sometimes involving glacier approaches, navigating high alpine hazards such as rockfall, rappels and finding the right drainage or route.
Our Intro to Alpine Rock course teaches participants the critical skills that are required to climb alpine rock safely and efficiently:
The curriculum for this course has been carefully crafted into 21 critical lessons including our propietary ‘Light & Fast’ technique and attitude developed by pioneering alpinist and Mountain Guide Eric Dumerac
*During the summer months in the Canadian Rockies weather conditions are constantly changing. Be prepared for both hot or cold days and even rain. There are several rain protected climbing venues we endeavour to utilise 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 varied conditions.
We recommend the following:
For your Introductory Mountaineering Course we provide the following essential alpine mountaineering equipment.
If you already own some or all of this equipment we highly recommend that you use it as it is best to be familiar with your own equipment. Please let us know when you register.
The following mountaineering equipment is included:
Your guide/instructor will also bring along:
We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.
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 your 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.
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.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
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 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 WFR courses.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Programs
**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**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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