Wedge Mountain holds a dramatic appearance on its northern side. Our most popular requested route for guiding is the Northeast Arête which is quoted in the Alpine Select guide book (by Kevin McLane) as: “a beautiful classic of mountaineering in British Columbia.”
The highest mountain in Garibaldi Provincial Park at 2904m
Wedge Mountain holds a dramatic appearance on its northern side. Our most popular requested route for guiding is the Northeast Arête which is quoted in the Alpine Select guide book (by Kevin McLane) as:
“a beautiful classic of mountaineering in British Columbia.”
This route is mostly lower angled snow, but is very exposed as you make your way across the arête to the upper flanks of the mountain. The first day is hiking to an alpine hut where you will spend the night before attempting the mountain the next day. From the hut, you’ll make your way up the sweeping Wedge Glacier to the start of the climb. Descend the mountain back to the hut to gather your stuff before descending the trail to the valley.
Dates: On request
Duration: 2 days
Things to bring:
Cost: Single – $450 per person per day, Double – $260 per person per day
Ratio: Maximum 2:1
Difficulty: Challenging and requires competency on all types of alpine terrain and moderate fitness level.
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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