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Whistler / Squamish

Mountain Super Course

Mountain Super Course

Summary

 Summer
  • Cost:
  • $1299

Location: Whistler   Duration: 6 Days   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Prior Mountaineering Experience  

This is a fully comprehensive program recommended for participants who wish to acquire a full arsenal of mountaineering skills in order to be self-sufficient in all mountaineering mediums – snow, ice, rock and mixed terrain. The course is broken up into 4 technical skills days and 2 challenging mountaineering days.

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Course Information

This is a fully comprehensive program recommended for participants who wish to acquire a full arsenal of mountaineering skills in order to be self-sufficient in all mountaineering mediums – snow, ice, rock and mixed terrain.
The course is broken up into 4 technical skills days and 2 challenging mountaineering days.

One of these is a technical snow and ice objective, while the other is a technical alpine rock mountaineering day.

Skills covered include:
Movement on snow, ice and rock, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, anchor building, terrain belays, route finding, track setting, hazard mitigation, weather forecasting, conditions assessment, navigation and route planning.

Participants will apply all of the skills learned throughout the week to safely ascend a challenging alpine rock or mixed climbing objective. Guides will help coach and direct on all group decisions.

The objectives will involve multi-pitch rock and ice/snow, often with a glacier approach.

We run this program out of one of the several potential locations of the Coast Mountain Range. This allows us to choose the area with the best conditions for the objective.

Day 1

  • 09:00 Meet at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office.
  • Discuss current weather and day plan, Q & A session, brief on the day’s agenda, gear check.
  • Drive to local outdoor rescue practice area.
  • Lesson plan.
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day.

Day 2

  • 07:00 Meet at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office.
  • Discuss current weather and day plan, Q & A session, safety discussion and gear check.
  • Head to course venue.
  • Lesson plan.
  • 16:30 Evening session: Weather and conditions forecasting & assessment, collecting and recording pertinent field weather and conditions.

Day 3

  • 07:00 Morning meeting. Discuss current weather and day plan. Gear check.
  • Drive to venue.
  • Lesson plan.
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day.

Day 4

  • 05:00 Morning meeting. Discuss current weather and day plan. Gear check.
  • Alpine Snow and Ice objective:
  • Participants will apply all of the skills learned to date in order to safely ascend a challenging mountaineering snow and ice objective.
  • Guides provide coaching and direction while helping participants to make independent group decisions.
  • The objective will involve mainly snow and ice with a glacier approach.
  • Weather and snow conditions will be the deciding factor on where we go and if we are able to summit.
  • End of day. Debrief, discuss following day.

Day 5

  • 07:00 Morning meeting. Discuss current weather and day plan. Gear check.
  • Head to field venue.
  • Lesson plan.
  • 16:30 Evening Session: Navigation and route planning, use of map and compass, route and time plan.

Day 6

  • 05:00 Morning Meeting, discuss current weather and day plan. Gear check.
  • Challenging alpine rock or mixed climbing objective:
  • Participants will apply all of the above skills learned throughout the week to safely ascend a challenging alpine rock or mixed climbing objective.
  • Guides will help coach and direct on all group decisions.
  • The objective will involve mainly multi-pitch rock, or rock & ice/snow, sometimes with a glacier approach.
  • Weather and conditions will be the deciding factor on objective.

Course close. Equipment return, evening meeting, day debrief, course debrief, student assessments and recommendations.

Next steps and course closure.

We are happy to help source any rental gear you need for your trip.

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 endevour 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 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

The following gear is included:

  • 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)

If you own your own climbing gear 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.

Guide Gear

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

Day 1

  • Glacier formation, physiology, and terminology
  • Glacier travel
  • Rope handling
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Situational awareness
  • Hazards

Day 2

  • Mountain environment (leave no trace)
  • Wildlife
  • White-out plan discussion
  • Safe glacier travel, route finding, and track setting
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Weather and conditions forecasting & assessment

Day 3

  • Movement on snow
  • Use of ice axes and crampons, chopping steps, self arrest
  • Snow and ice anchors
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Rope handling
  • Body and terrain belays in snow & ice terrain

Day 4

  • Alpine Snow and Ice objective

Day 5

  • Alpine rock anchors, terrain anchors and gear placement
  • Terrain belays and body belays in alpine rock terrain
  • Alpine ridge management
  • Alpine rock climbing technique

Day 6

  • Challenging alpine rock or mixed climbing objective

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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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