Ice Climbing Clinics & Advanced Modern Technique Training - Whistler / Squamish - MSAA

Intermediate – Advanced Ice Climbing Clinic

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Waterfall ice Climbing Training Coast mountains


  • Cost:
  • $749

Location: Whistler or Squamish  Duration: 2 Days  Fitness: Very Good  Ability: Intermediate  Prerequisites: Multi-Pitch Experience  

This two-day clinic is for ice climbers whose ability level is between intermediate and advanced. It will maximize your current performance as well as provide all the necessary tools for you to reach the highest levels of ice climbing performance. Work on your stance, balance, route finding, protection placement, pace, and decision-making for safety.

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Dates: December 2019 - April 2020

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Course Information

This course is recommended for ice climbers of intermediate to advanced abilities.
The curriculum focuses on our experience-driven ice climbing technique; a technique refined by world class ice climber Eric Dumerac, as a foundation and development tool to enhance performance.

*All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if minimum number has not been reached.

This is achieved through understanding the ice climbing technique phases and concepts:

  • Stance
  • Balance
  • 3 dimensional plane
  • Optimal route finding strategy
  • Optimal protection placement
  • Learning to rest
  • Setting a pace
  • Critical safety
  • 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.

All instruction is provided with a maximum of 2 students per instructor, and our methodology is based on tailoring our mentorship to your needs.

Several key technique building exercises are rehearsed to establish a sound foundation. Bring your ice climbing to the next level with this excellent 2 day clinic.

Day One

  • Meet the instructor, sign waivers, safety discussion, and gear check
  • Drive to field location
  • Lessons 1-4
  • Climbing warm up and participant technique and ability evaluation
  • Lessons 5-7
  • End of day. Debrief, discuss following day

Day Two

  • Meet at pre-arranged location
  • Safety discussion and gear check
  • Drive to field location
  • Lessons 8-14
  • Performance evaluation: technique fine-tuning and feedback
  • End of day. Debrief
  • Final evaluation: feedback and future progression preparation


  • Backpack 25-35L
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Mountaineering boots
  • 2 technical ice axes
  • Crampons
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • 3 x 120cm sling
  • Belay device
  • 1 Abalacov Hooker
  • 1 small knife
  • 1 x 1m 7mm prussik
  • 5 medium ice screws
  • 4 long ice screws
  • 6 quickdraws or 60cm slings or screamers with non-locking carabiners


  • 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

Bring lunch, snacks and water for both days.

We highly recommend using your own gear so we can teach you the correct usage techniques and get you climbing comfortably in your own gear.

Day One

  • 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 Performance ice climbing specific equipment reviewed
  • Lesson 5 IceXpert technique foundation reviewed and implemented.
  • Lesson 6 Participant technique comparison with iceXpert technique i.e. strengths and weakness, and recognizing areas to be focused on for progression.
  • Lesson 7 Belaying: Technique building exercises specific to each participant

Day Two

  • Lesson 8 Progression from previous day: IceXpert ice climbing technique broken down into important phases and concepts according to each participants needs.
  • Lesson 9 Technique: demonstration and exercises designed to resolve any bad habits and ingrain good technique in stance, balance and the 3 dimensional plane.
  • Lesson 10 Optimal route finding strategy
  • Lesson 11 Optimal protection placement
  • Lesson 12 Route strategy: learning to rest, conserving energy and setting a pace
  • Lesson 13 Critical safety and acceptable level of risk decision making.
  • Lesson 14 Progression evaluation and feedback Ongoing practice with emphasis on any weaknesses: error correction fine-tuning

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Important Information

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.

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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 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.

Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.

• For 1-2 day adventures/courses booking must be paid in full.
• For longer adventures/courses a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking.
• The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date.
• Bookings made less than 30 days before adventure/course must be paid in full.

Next day bookings are taken up until 5pm the day before any tour or course. *Subject to guide availability

Full Terms & Conditions

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 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 Tours

  • With less than 48 hours of the tour start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • With more than 48 hours notice:  We will reschedule or refund with no penalty.
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 of the course date: 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 of the course date: 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 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent 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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