Intro to mountaineering

The foundational mountaineering course.

The Mountaineering Basics course is designed to take you from simply dreaming of spending time in big mountain terrain, to actually getting out there and doing it. This course will build a solid foundation of the essential skills required for basic general mountaineering objectives and allow you to learn in the same environments that you plan to explore with your new skills. There is no better way to gain confidence and practical knowledge than spending time in the mountains with a professional mountain guide.

Guide : guest

1 : 6


2 days

Gear required

  • Crampons (types will vary on course)
  • Mountaineering Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Prusik cord, slings, locking carabiners as recommmended with given course, personal anchor
  • Hiking Boots
  • 30-40l day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Trekking pole (optional)
  • Waterproof Jacket, Pants, Base layers
  • Gloves
  • Pen, Pencil
  • Fitness requirement

    A basic level of fitness is required. We will regularly cover 5 + kms per day and gain upwards of 500m of elevation.


    Chilliwack River Valley, Coquihalla or Manning Park, snow and weather dependant.


    Saturday 8-430 in Chilliwack, weather dependant. Sunday 8-430 in the Coquihalla or Manning Region.





    Upcoming courses

    We get it, you're excited, so are we!

    But, we're still updating our courses and trips for Winter 2020/2021.

    At this point, we have only opened up AST 1 and AST 2 courses. Keep checking back as we update more and more stoke-fueling adventure.

    - The Ascent team