Intro to Mountaineering

sharing the past


protecting the future

Event Details


This course will introduce you to the skills required for moderate glacier travel and ascending alpine routes; involving both snow and ice. We have designed this course to be the perfect place to start if you want to climb Mt. Baker, one of the Pacific North West’s most iconic 10,000 foot peaks. Day 1 will be spent preparing for the three days in the mountains. On Day 2 you will be flown to a select location where you will camp for 2 nights and spend three days in the mountains, where we will cover basic mountaineering techniques, ice axe and crampon use, self-arrests, snow and glacier travel, rope skills, hazard assessment and crevasse rescue fundamentals. Those who partake in this course are usually avid hikers who aspire to go beyond the trails and head into the technical terrain that lays beyond. These four days will forever change your dreams and perception of the mountains and we are confident that you will be well on your way to becoming a mountaineer when you complete this course. You will learn the following takeaway skills from The Mountaineering Basics course, enabling you to expand your mountain objectives and head further afield:

– Trip planning, preparing for multi-day mountaineering objectives and understanding weather.

– Recognizing hazards, understanding terrain, and the skills required to avoid or manage risk.

– Navigation techniques including map, compass, altimeter and GPS use.

– Rope skills for glacier travel.

– Snow climbing techniques and equipment use.

– Technical equipment use and crevasse rescue fundamentals.

– Camping in sensitive environments with low impact and alpine travel best practices.



Event Details

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.

Virtual training
None for this course.

Day 1
Day of Preparation in the Chilliwack River Valley

Day 2
Helicopter ride to location, establish camp, begin field skills.

Day 3 

Field skills and practice

Day 4

Morning of field skills and application, camp take down, hike to rally point to drive to town.

Guide:guest ratio
1 : 4

4 days

Gear required*

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Prusik cord, slings, locking carabiners as recommended with given course, personal anchor
    • 6m of 7mm static cord (1 x 5m long, 1 x 1m long)
    • 3 locking carabiners (or 2 locking with 1 being a '3 way' locker)
    • 2 non locking carabiners
  • Well fitted mountaineering boots
  • 40-60L pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
  • Gaiters
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Trekking pole (optional) –
  • Waterproof Jacket, Pants, Base layers
  • Gloves
  • Pen, Pencil
  • Shelter
  • Sleeping bag (-8 rated or colder)

Fitness requirement
Good level of fitness with ability to walk on uneven ground with a 40lb pack

The field portion of this course will occur in the local Fraser Valley backcountry.

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



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