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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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 divided 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:
Participants will apply all of the skills learned throughout the week to safely ascend a snow and ice peak as well as an alpine rock or mixed climbing objective.
Guides will help coach and direct on all group decisions. The technical objectives include a snow and ice peak with a glacier approach as well as an alpine rock peak with short roped and multi-pitch sections.
We run this course in the Canadian Rockies (based out of Lake Louise) and the Selkirk Mountains (based out of Rogers Pass) or in the Purcell Mountains based out of Bugaboo Provincial Park.
We also offer more course dates in Whistler, BC.
*The final itinerary will be provided depending on the area with best conditions at that time.
*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 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.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
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
**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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