Outdoor Wilderness Courses In Squamish and Whistler BC



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Mountaineering COURSES

There are a multitude of spectacular alpine climbs and mountaineering objectives within the Squamish – Whistler areas.

Avalanche Skills Training

You will learns skills critical for travelling safely in the backcountry. The curriculum includes avalanche rescue skills, trip planning, equipment use, hazard assessment, and terrain selection. 

First Aid

First Aid is a course designed for outdoor professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into the remote backcountry and challenging environments. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

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Photos in the backcountry: Doing it Right

The art of outdoor photography may have been appropriated by Instagram, smartphones and an endless competition for likes, but coming home from a trip with quality images is still one of the rewarding experiences of spending time in the mountains. Digital photography is within everyone’s reach these days with image sensors in phones having the same pixel count as many Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras did just a few short years ago. Yet despite all the technological advances with these devices, good photos still

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Keep Your Avalanche Skills Sharp This Winter

One of the first things that new winter backcountry travellers learn about avalanche education is that it’s lifelong. Courses and certificates represent certain milestones, yes. But veteran avalanche forecasters are constantly combing weather reports, gathering snowpack data and retraining their rescue skills on a daily basis. As recreationists touring on weekends and days off, we can’t expect to spend as much time with our heads buried in the snow as the guides and industry professionals.   However, avalanche knowledge and rescue skills are in the

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These Backcountry artists will inspire you these holidays

In case you hadn’t noticed, the backcountry is a beautiful place. It can be hard work to get  out there and home again, but few people would argue against it being worth every sweat-inducing step. With such magnificence on our doorstep in British Columbia, it’s not hard to see so many artists use it as their primary inspiration for drawings and paintings. For these holidays. MSAA has profiled five of our favourite backcountry artists in the province. You can find these works sprinkled around mountain



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