Performance Alpine Clinic
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Banff / Canmore

Performance Alpine Clinic

Performance Alpine Clinic Rock Climbing Canada

Summary

 Summer
  • Cost:
  • 2 people: $550 per person (surcharges may apply)

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 2 Days   Fitness: Excellent   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Intro to Alpine Rock  

This course is recommended for alpine climbers whose ability level fits between intermediate and advanced. During this mentorship course we will focus on refining climbing technique and efficiency on rock, snow and ice.

All instruction is provided with a low guide to client ratio of 1:2, and our methodology is based on tailoring our mentorship to each participant’s needs.

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Course Information

This course is recommended for alpine climbers whose ability level fits between intermediate and advanced. During this mentorship course we will focus on refining climbing technique and efficiency on rock, snow and ice.

All instruction is provided with a low guide to client ratio of 1:2, and our methodology is based on tailoring our mentorship to each participant’s needs.

Topics covered include:

  • Rock, ice and snow climbing skills
  • Rope management
  • Belay techniques
  • Route finding strategies
  • Optimal protection placement
  • Setting a pace
  • Hazard management
  • Acceptable level of risk decision-making

All the key components are broken down, explained, demonstrated, practiced, error corrected and fine-tuned until we have the desired progression. Several key technique-building exercises are practiced to get rid of any bad habits and establish a sound foundation.

This well crafted course will maximize an alpine climber’s current performance as well as provide all the necessary tools to be as efficient and safe as possible in the mountains – the key to success and summits.

Definitions

Teaching technique: Teaching technique is the method expected of professionals when teaching a particular skill.

Demonstration standard: This is the standard protocol laid out by professional guiding associations which has the guide demonstrate to students the appropriate technique when teaching a specific skill.

Guide technique: These are prescribed techniques and guidelines established by professional guiding associations.
Professional standard or Guide standard: This is the level of performance expected for a certain skill or aptitude by professional guiding associations based on different factors such as time, method, difficulty, etc.

Evening One

  • 18:00 orientation meeting at local cafe
  • Sign waivers, introductions and course overview
  • Lessons 1 and 2
  • Discuss: Ethics and tradition, Environment and access, Risk management, safety and emergency procedures, Accelerated W.H.A.T. curriculum

Day One

  • 07:30 meeting at local cafe
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • This portion of the course teaches advanced weather forecasting tools and use, conditions assessment, trip planning, route plans, navigations plans and in-field conditions recording
  • Lessons 3 – 26
  • 17:00 End of day debrief

Day Two

  • 07:00 meeting at local cafe
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Drive to local area
  • Lessons 27 – 37
  • 17:00 End of field day
  • Evening Session: 18:30
  • Lessons 38 – 40
  • Evening Guides Meeting: Nutrition, Physiology and injury prevention
  • Assignment: Next day trip and route plan
  • Mountain skills and technique- Alpine Rock

Day Three

  • 07:00 meeting at local cafe
  • Guides Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Lessons 41 – 50
  • End of field session
  • Evening session:
  • Lessons 50 – 52

Day Four

  • 07:00 meeting at local cafe
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Lesson 53
  • Drive to local alpine rock ridge objective
  • Lesson 54 – 56
  • End of field day
  • Evening Session:
  • Lessons 57 and 58
  • PM Guides meeting

Day Five

  • 06:00 meeting at local cafe
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Lessons 59 – 61
  • Evening session
  • Lesson 62
  • PM Guides meeting

Day Six

  • Alpine start
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Lesson 64
  • Day debrief
  • PM Guides Meeting

Day Seven

  • Alpine Start
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Lesson 65
  • Day debrief
  • PM Guides Meeting
  • Lesson 66
  • Exam

Day Eight

  • 08:00 meeting at local cafe
  • Guide Meeting: local conditions, weather, route plan evaluation, gear check
  • Assessment 1
  • Drive to local glacier
  • Assessment 2 – 7
  • End of field assessment
  • Assessment 8 candidate run p.m. guides meeting
  • Days Nine & Ten assessments:
  • Assessment 9 – 12
  • Exam – complex mountaineering objective

Day Nine

  • Alpine Start
  • Assessment – Candidate led guide meeting
  • Drive to objective
  • Assessment 13
  • Day debrief
  • End of assessment day
  • Assessment – Candidate led p.m. guide meeting
  • Exam – Alpine rock objective

Day Ten

  • Alpine start
  • Assessment – Candidate led guide meeting
  • Drive to objective
  • Assessment 14
  • Day debrief
  • End of assessment day
  • Assessment – Candidate led p.m. guide meeting
  • Exam – General & make-up/fine tuning day

PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

  • Mountain Master Certificate
  • MSA Letters of recommendation
  • Next step advice
  • Course close

Clothing

*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:

  • Head lamp with extra batteries
  • Soft shell type climbing pants
  • Warm top and bottom underlayers and socks
  • Synthetic t-shirt
  • Mid layer fleece
  • Weatherproof shell jacket
  • Down or synthetic insulated “puffy” jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Warm mountain or ice climbing gloves
  • Thinner warmer weather gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Daypack 35-45 L
  • Earplugs for hut/hostel
  • Toiletries including toilet paper
  • Camera
  • We recommend that you bring a hiking pole

Equipment

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.

  • 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 x 7mm prussic
  • 1 x 1.5 x 7mm prussic
  • 2 x 120cm slings
  • 6 trad draws (1 x 60cm sling + 2 non-locking carabiners = 1 trad draw)

Your guide/instructor will also bring along:

  • First aid kit with splint
  • Cell phone / satellite phone
  • Guide’s tarp
  • Programmable Radio
  • Rock climbing in alpine boots
  • Placing trad protection
  • Pitons
  • Natural anchors
  • Rope handling skills
  • Hazard management
  • How to move in alpine rock terrain efficiently
  • Low angled to steep snow and ice climbing techniques
  • Snow / ice protection and anchor building
  • Rope systems
  • Switching from glacier travel to climbing mode efficiently
  • Hazard management
  • How to travel on snow / ice effieciently and safely

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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.

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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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