Intro to Mixed Ice Climbing - Whistler and Squamish
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Whistler / Squamish

Intro To Mixed Ice Climbing

Intro Mixed Climbing

Summary

  • Cost:
  • $195

Location: Whistler/Pemberton   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Basic ice climbing skills  

Mixed climbing will radically improve anyone’s alpine climbing skills. Through our experience driven Mixed Master technique, participants will be introduced to the necessary skill set to establish a safe and solid mixed climbing foundation.

All of Whistler Alpine Guides’ courses are designed by Ice and Mixed Climbing legend and founder Eric Dumerac.

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Course Information

Mixed climbing is not only fun and exciting it has become an important part of any ice climbers repertoire. The ability to climb rock sections with axes, gloved hands, and crampons is essential for winter climbing and opens up more of the climbing season and offers greater variety of climbs.

Mixed climbing will radically improve anyone’s alpine climbing skills. Through our experience driven Mixed Master technique, participants will be introduced to the necessary skill set to establish a safe and solid mixed climbing foundation.

All of Whistler Alpine Guides’ courses are designed by Ice and Mixed Climbing legend and founder Eric Dumerac.

Learn not only important dry tooling techniques but also tricks of the trade that make all the difference.

Everything you need to establish a good mixed climbing foundation is covered including the use of specialized equipment, transition from rock to ice and vice versa, and of course important safety considerations.

This excellent course is a perfectly made next step to our Introduction to Ice Course and goes hand in hand with our Intro to Multi-Pitch Ice Climbing Course.

  • 07:30 Meet at Whistler Alpine Guides office
  • Sign waivers, safety discussion and gear check.
  • Drive to field location, to be determined by guide based on conditions
  • Lessons 1-10
  • Lunch break at around noon
  • 16:30 End of day
  • Course debrief and next step recommendations
  • Course close

Equipment

All climbing equipment is included except boots and crampons however these are available for rental.

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Mountaineering boots
  • 2 technical ice axes
  • Crampons
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • 1 x 120cm sling
  • Belay device (Petzl Reverso or Black Diamond ATC Guide)

Clothing

  • Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Mid layer fleece top
  • Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Gaiters
  • Warm hat and balaklava
  • 2 pairs of gloves (preferably light and waterproof)
  • Warm mittens
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Backpack 25-35L

Please remember to bring food and water – a thermos is recommended.

If you are looking to continue climbing beyond this weekend we strongly recommend purchasing your own gear.

 

  • Lesson 1 Equipment: Adjust crampons, harnesses, helmets and backpack set-ups
  • Lesson 2 Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion
  • Lesson 3 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 4 Safety: Current hazards and safety protocols for mixed climbing
  • Lesson 5 Equipment: Intro to mixed climbing specific equipment
  • Lesson 6 Mixed grades explained and the guide book
  • Lesson 7 Belaying and special dry tooling considerations
  • Lesson 8 Introduction to the MSA Mixed Master Dry Tooling technique: tool and crampon placement, movement, free range tool exchange, resting, strategy, tool stowing technique and more
  • Lesson 9 Dry tooling demo and practice
  • Lesson 10 Dry tooling practice with quality feedback and fine-tuning

 

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Important Information

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

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
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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