Ridges to faces, rock to snow and ice, single push alpine missions to high altitude expeditions. Whatever your alpine aspirations are, we would like to help you discover a world of technical alpine ascents in a way that allows you to do so with maximum safety, efficiency and success.
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Ridges, faces, rock, snow, ice, single push alpine missions and high altitude expeditions: we would like to help you discover the world of mountains and summits in a way that allows you to do so with maximum safety, efficiency, and success.
This course prepares climbers for technical ascents that involves steep snow, alpine rock, ice and mixed climbing. Learn to move efficiently and safely in alpine terrain, across complex glaciers and bergschrunds. Learn how to deal safely and with speed through lower angled scrambling and easy climbing sections that may otherwise take undue time or done in an unsafe manner. Tackle narrow winding ridges that may not take protection and require specialized short roping. Transition and climb effectively on technical terrain that may alternate from belayed snow to ice, to rock. Learn piton craft, alpine rock and ice protection, improvised anchors, mitigating alpine hazards, route finding, technical descents and much more.
The Coast Mountains offer some of the best technical alpinism in the world.
Peaks will be climbed and the Alpine technique taught including:
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 endeavor 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:
We have rental equipment available if needed, but we highly recommend using your own gear so you can get comfortable with it under the guide’s instruction.
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
**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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