Mountain Super Course

Per Person: $1299

Private (up to 6 People): $5999

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Location: Whistler

Duration: 6 Days

Ability: Intermediate

Fitness: Good

Prerequisites: None. Climbing experience is an asset. 

A fully comprehensive course recommended for participants who wish to acquire a complete mountaineering skill set. Mountaineering skills include crevasse rescue, glacier travel, roped movement on snow, ice, rock and mixed terrain as well as several other important skills. The course is broken up into 4 technical skills days and 2 challenging mountaineering days.

Other Mountaineering Courses: Into to Basic Mountaineering / Intro to Alpine Rock / Private Mountaineering & Instruction

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COURSE INFORMATION

This is a fully comprehensive program recommended for participants who wish to acquire a complete skill set 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 mountaineering days. One of these is a technical snow and ice objective, while the other is an alpine rock focused 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 on Whistler/Blackcomb, utilizing their lift system to access Whistler Bowl, Horstman Glacier and other areas. The proximity afforded by Whistler Blackcomb is a huge benefit. Not only do we avoid a long, arduous approach and the (very) early starts, it provides the perfect terrains needed for this course.

*We strongly suggest investing in a Summer Sightseeing Seasons Pass for this course, as that will be the most cost effective.

Each day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief of the day and discussion of the next day's objectives.

Day 1: Meet the guide at 9am at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office. The guide will have everyone sign a waiver before discussing the current weather and the day's objectives and perform a gear check. Today will focus on Crevasse Rescue techniques.

Day 2: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office. The guide will discuss the conditions, days objectives and perform a gear check before heading to the course venue to cover Glacier Travel Skills

Day 3: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office. The guide will discuss the conditions, days objectives and perform a gear check before heading to the course venue to cover Snow and Ice Skills.

Day 4: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office. The guide will discuss the conditions, days objectives and perform a gear check.

Day 4 will have an Alpine Snow and Ice objective including a glacier approach. 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.

Day 5: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office. The guide will discuss the conditions, days objectives and perform a gear check before heading up the mountain to cover Alpine Rock Skills.

Day 6: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office. The guide will discuss the conditions, days objectives and perform a gear check.

Today will focus on the Alpine Rock objective discussed at the end of the previous day. 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 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.

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 under-layers and socks
  • Synthetic or wool t-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
  • Camera
  • A hiking pole is recommended
  • Objective’s map, compass, GPS (optional)
Equipment
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering axe
  • Crampons
  • Belay device
  • 2 x 60m single ropes
  • 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.

Day 1:
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Glacier formation, physiology, and terminology
  • Glacier travel
  • Rope handling
  • Situational awareness
  • Hazards
Day 2:
  • Glacier Travel skills
  • 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:
  • Snow and ice skills
  • 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 skills
  • 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