This course is designed for those looking to become proficient at moving in the mountains, choosing new routes, assessing conditions and confidently leading teams through big mountain terrain. Spend 5 days learning and refining skills and finish the course by summitting a few spectacular peaks in the process! We have designed this course to be an in-depth dive into the fundamentals of mountaineering, you will leave this course feeling confident in each of the elements that make up a well-rounded big mountain skillset. Each morning we will meet at an agreed upon location, either in the Coquihalla area, manning Park or in the Chilliwack River Valley. These locations will be decided on closer to the date of the course due to weather and snowpack variations. Throughout the days in the field, our Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) team will work through the topics that are important for big mountain travel.
These topics include, but not limited to, the following:
- Route selection
- Weather and avalanche forecasting
- Glacier travel and rope use on glaciers
- Crevasse rescue
- Snow and rock anchors
- Use of mountaineering tools: crampons, ice axes, mountaineering axes etc.
- Navigation- map and compass use, learning how to read route topos, inreach communication and GPS use.
- Emergency procedures and accidents.
As a requirement of participation with Ascent Fraser Valley Guides and Mountain School, you will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the beginning of the activity.
Due to COVID-19, all classroom components need to be completed in advance on a virtual training platform. Your instructor will be in touch with you and will send you the appropriate links and resources to complete this portion of the course.
Each day will involve 8-10 hours outside, with substantial elevation gained and lost every day. If a family or group of friends are comfortable with Covid protocols, we can arrange for this course to take place at a lodge or Yurt.
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- Crampons (types will vary on course)
- Mountaineering Ice Axe
- Climbing Helmet
- Ice Screw
- Prusik cord, slings, locking carabiners as recommmended with given course, personal anchor
- Mountaineering Boots (must be crampon compatible)
- Hiking Boots -30-40l day pack
- 60-70l overnight pack
- Water bottle
- Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
- Hiking Boots
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Trekking pole (optional)
- Tranciever, Probe, Shovel
- Waterproof Jacket, Pants, Base layers
- Sleeping bag, pad, pillow
- Skis/ Splitboard, skins
- Snow shoes
- Pen, Pencil
An adequate level of fitness is required. We will regularly cover 7-10 kms per day and gain upwards of 800m of elevation.
The field portion of this course will occur in the local Fraser Valley backcountry.
The classroom training will have to be completed individually via virtual training prior to the course dates. The field days will start at 8am and run for approximately 8-10 hours.
No previous mountaineering experience is required.
*It is the clients responsibility to secure equipment prior to the course or trip. If renting through Mt. Waddington Outdoors, you will receive a discount code for online rentals. Please allow adequate time to acquire your rental gear, specifically if shipment is required.
Venue: Chilliwack River Valley, Coquihalla or Manning Park