Testimonials
The course was fantastic. Money well spent and I would recommend this course to others. Graeme was a great guide as well. I felt challenged and pushed my comfort zone while maintaining a confident level of safety with him leading the way. Blain Turner, Victoria, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Testimonials
This weekend was an incredible experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Not only was the programming great, but Ken [our guide] was an absolutely fantastic instructor and guide. It was one of the finest experiences I have had and with his help was able to push past many mental blocks I had during climbs. I was shocked by what I was able to accomplish with him stewarding. By the end of the weekend, I had the sublime experience of being physically exhausted from the activities but totally energized mentally. Ken's unique blend of experience, teaching and philosophical approach to life, risk, and experience cannot be overstated. Jonathan Horvatin, Victoria, BC

INTRO TO ROCK

Testimonials
The training was amazing! This was my fourth IAG course and the second one taught by Ken Wylie. He’s a fantastic teacher and an amazing human being. We learned invaluable skills but also had a ton of fun. Colleen Chestnut, Bowser, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

Testimonials
The course was very helpful. We love the location. Graeme's teaching was effective. We had plenty time to practice. At the end of the course, we had much more confidence with the sport. Neil Han, Victoria, BC

ROCK RESCUE

Testimonials
Course was awesome! Exceeded my expectations and then some. Ken was such an awesome guide. His approach to teaching was perfect. He made you think and process yourself but was there with guidance when you needed a hand. I will definitely recommend this course to others looking for technical skills to advance their mountaineering/backcountry skill set. David Leith, Campbell River

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

Testimonials
The course was great, exactly what I was looking for! Our instructor did a great job explaining maps, compass use, and how to apply them in the field. She was very patient with us when reminding us how to find our position. Our group had quite a few questions, which she had no problem answering! I would definitely recommend this course to others. Ian Scott, Victoria, BC

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION ONE

We had a great time, and Mark was an exceptional instructor. He definitely covered things that were worth hearing again and added a whole lot more to the information load. Best of all, is he always explained WHY we do something, which was a real game changer. We confidently applied our skills the next morning without concern. We look forward to taking our skills to the next level and returning to IAG for another course soon! Laska Paré, Victoria, BC

INTRO TO ROCK

The course was great, another very useful tool to add to my alpine toolbox. The individual critique of each piece of protection by Jan was invaluable for learning. I left the course knowing what I needed to practice and feeling confident to lead. Peter Blencowe, Victoria, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

We had a fantastic time. Ken was the best, not only a great guide but a nice person and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed getting to know him. It was a great trip and the best way to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The scenery took our breath away and will forever leave a special mark on our hearts. We appreciate the care you took in organizing everything from beginning to end. It was perfect! We are sad it is over and we have to return to the real world. Tom & Pat, California

AUGERPOINT TRAVERSE

Thanks for teaching us the ropes last weekend. You are helping to bring my mountaineering dreams into reach. You rock! Matthew Lettington, Nanaimo, BC

SINGLE-DAY LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Christophe and the course were amazing! We got to climb multiple routes (wet but fun) on the safety of top rope but also while placing our own gear. The feedback from Christophe on every piece of pro we placed while we belayed him up was really good. Then coming back down every route we got to remove and re-examine our placed gear. Of course, as with any guide, we got to hear some real-life experiences and stories on which systems have worked well for that guide, gotta love the personal touch! I would and have recommended this course to people in my similar circles, familiar with climbing and some of it's practices, but needing to place more pro and be able to evaluate and be confident on the placing of that pro. A definite must-do course for those looking to head out into the mountains and get into slightly more technical climbs. Ryan Smith, Nanaimo, BC

SINGLE-DAY LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

I started lead climbing after a three day course taught by Jan Neuspiel. We covered gear placement, anchors, rope management and multi pitch climbing techniques. This professional instruction proved priceless to me on so many levels. I noticed my base technical skills were at a higher level compared to more "seasoned" climbers. There is just so much ground level knowledge I gained that would have been impossible to replicate without professional instruction. As I progressed in my climbing, I teamed up with Jan as a climbing partner four years later on a 3000ft big wall on Baffin Island. I highly recommend this training to anyone serious about climbing safely and effectively. Guy Ridler, Courtenay, BC

SINGLE-DAY LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

The introduction to lead climbing course was a learning experience of a lifetime. The teaching was superb and brought the best out of me at a pace that was suitable to my needs and compatible with my goals. Perhaps most importantly, it challenged me to think logically about working with the gear, rock and my climbing partners in the safest way possible. Upon finishing the course, I feel comfortable working independently at my level and taking appropriate risks to further my goals in the mountains. It was one of the most satisfying classes I have taken. Michelle Hawkins, Courtenay, BC

SINGLE-DAY LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Had a great time and learned a ton on yesterday's Mountain Improv course with Ken Wylie. A great "next level" in skills for those who travel and lead others in the mountains. As always, IAG exceeded my expectations. Bil Derby, Nanaimo, BC

MOUNTAIN IMPROV.

Your guide, Jen Olson, is a gem. Her calm confidence and ability to take charge made all of us feel safe in a terrain that was quasi unknown to us. Not only is her skill set insanely broad but most importantly, Jen is capable to teach those skills with such ease. She is captivating and so passionate that one can’t help but love mountaineering when next to her. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another course if I knew she was teaching. Genevieve Renart, Victoria, BC

WOMEN'S MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

I had an amazing time on the Intro to Rock course. Ken was an awesome instructor, a good balance between clear and concise instruction, and humour! Since the course, I’ve bought all my own gear and have been travelling around the island to different crags since. I’m hooked! Shannon Hamilton, Tofino, BC

INTRO TO ROCK

Jen was a great guide - super friendly, really knowledgeable. I appreciated all the efforts that went into planning the weekend. I had a ton of fun and learned so much. Danielle Down, Nanaimo, BC

WOMEN'S MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

We had an awesome time on the Nootka trail. Yes, at times it was a good workout (which we enjoyed too), and the full experience was terrific. Our guide Michael Morse was great. His meals and overall consideration exceeded expectations. He is highly client-service focused, friendly and encouraging. We would highly recommend him for future engagements by Island Alpine Guides. Bentley family, Vancouver, BC

NOOTKA TRAIL

Had a great time and learned a lot. Graeme did a great job and was extremely knowledgeable and professional, and the other participants were good fun. Raphael Zar, Nanoose Bay, BC

INTRO TO ROCK

This was such an awesome day. I went in looking to get an additional skill set to assist in backcountry hiking, specifically alpine hiking, where my fear of heights usually causes me to back away (literally and figuratively!) from a lot of experiences. The fact that I was able to end the course rappelling over the crag was huge, and this was entirely due to the teaching ability and patience of Jan and his calm instruction, and the supportive group of people I was with. Wendy Langelo, Crofton, BC

MOUNTAIN IMPROV.

We had a wonderful day and came away with some great tools in the tool box. Jan was a wonderful instructor sharing his knowledge, patience and good humour. Now to put things into practice and conquer the fear! Laura King, Campbell River, BC

MOUNTAIN IMPROV.

Best thing I did all winter. I couldn't have asked for a better day! Joe was a fantastic guide and the terrain he took us into was epic. The whole trip from our guide to the terrain choices to our pilot was top notch. I can't wait to do it again next year. Corey Gardiner, Victoria, BC

HELI-ACCESSED TOUR

The trip was phenomenal and exceeded my expectations. Great group, great guide, great pilot! Robert Doerfler, Camas, WA, USA

HELI-ACCESSED TOUR

I went for a short tour soon after taking AST Plus. The information I learned on the course was spot on. The forecasted snow hadn't arrived so I was able to use the tools learned during the class to make an informed decision about what the level of risk reasonably was for our area and we had a great day! Before having taken that course, I wouldn't have had enough confidence to go out given the risk level predicted in the bulletin. EJ Hurst, Gabriola Island, BC

AST PLUS

The course with our guide Ken Wylie was amazing. Ken was insightful and inspiring, and some of what he shared extended well beyond avalanche safety into activities in the backcountry and life. Kristen Walsh, Victoria, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

I thought the course was great! Ken is a fantastic guide and the lessons we learned really stood out to me the following day after I read the avalanche report which essentially duplicated what Ken commented on. The conditions on Sunday were the type where I would stay inbounds and not even consider venturing into the backcountry, so having Ken show the group how to safely travel in these conditions was very beneficial. Corey, Victoria, BC

AST PLUS

I really enjoyed the Snow Skills course. Ken was great, very knowledgeable and funny. I would definitely recommend the course to any friends interested in boosting their adventure skills. Hayley Johnson, Victoria, BC

SNOW SKILLS

The course was fantastic. In particular our guide Ken Wylie’s communication skills were terrific. Graeme Green, Roberts Creek, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Ken, the guide, was fantastic. He was funny, easy to get along with, and made the whole day both fun and really informative. I'd be happy to recommend Island Alpine Guides to anyone. Trevor Peddle, Victoria, BC

SNOW SKILLS

Fran and I both loved our time spent in the Tantalus. Although the trip is not cheap, we think it is well worth the money. The helicopter flight to the Jim Haberl hut is unforgettable and you quickly appreciate how useful it is to land on the snow and get straight to the climbing. Our guide, Alex Geary, was fantastic. He ensured we were kept out of our comfort zone, but we never felt in any real danger. He also made sure that were actively involved in the more technical sides of the climbing, rather than just "getting us to the top", which helped build our experience and knowledge base. He is an immensely competent guide and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. Thank you Island Alpine Guides for helping to organize an amazing trip. Anthony Dearden, Vancouver, BC

TANTALUS ASCENTS

Our instructor was very knowledgable, helpful, and prepared. Money well spent. Vic Marchiel, Courtenay, BC

GPS NAVIGATION

We had an incredible time. Jan is so knowledgeable and a terrific teacher. So impressed with him! :) Anna, Vancouver, BC

TANTALUS MOUNTAIN SKILLS

We had an incredible time. Jan is so knowledgeable and a terrific teacher. So impressed with him! :) Anna, Vancouver, BC

TANTALUS ASCENTS

We had a fantastic time. Graeme taught us so much and made us feel comfortable enough to go out again this weekend and bring our son. We appreciate all the advice on gear too. I will keep trying to trust my foot holds! Steve hopes to beat that crack! This was a Fathers Day present for Steve and it looks like the gift will be enjoyed all summer and for years to come. Jen & Steve, Victoria, B.C.

INTRO TO ROCK

An excellent introduction to moving efficiently in the alpine, focusing on practical skills and decision making. For those looking to move from hiking/scrambling/sport climbing to mountaineering, this is the course. Lyle, our guide, was a wealth of knowledge and experience. Don St-Hilaire, Courtenay, BC

ALPINE ROCK SKILLS

"Thank you for organizing our alpine adventure, Simon, Adrian and I had an outstanding weekend on Mt. Cain with IAG. Lyle meshed perfectly with the attitude of our group and was able to spend a lot of time addressing our specific questions." Graeme Dowell, Victoria, BC

ALPINE ROCK SKILLS

"The trip was amazing. Learned a ton of new skills and Lyle (our guide) was awesome. All-around good experience. I would definitely do another IAG course in the future." Simon Mountjoy, Victoria, BC

ALPINE ROCK SKILLS

Our guide was amazing. He gladly adapted our days to make it enjoyable for everyone. He used his extended experience with ropes to lower us in very steep sections. We all felt very safe under his supervision. Michel Pinault, Victoria, BC

COMOX GLACIER HIKE

Great course, and we appreciated the instructor. Kelly Sommer, Victoria, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

Excellent course, Graham was very knowledgeable and helpful. Richard Rae, Powell River, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

The course was very helpful and the instructor did a good job to help us get a lot out of the day. Alias Powell, Campbell River, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

It was a great course—far more complex than I expected. Graham is an amazing guide. Ulrike Schmidt, North Saanich, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

It was such a great weekend. I am surprised at the amount of learning and climbing we were able to do within two days. I am happy to report that I seem to have retained the information and feel confident on the rock. A valuable introduction to rock climbing! Lisa Jackson, Cumberland, B.C.

INTRO TO ROCK

The Intro to Rock course was wonderful, as I expected. Lyle was such a great instructor; his calm, professional demeanor made it easy for us to feel comfortable trying out all the new skills we were learning. I loved the combination of taught sections and hands-on experience that the course offered, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to become confident and well-prepared to begin top roping outdoors. This was a perfect start to the season! Easha Acharya, Nanaimo, B.C.

INTRO TO ROCK

My Grandson had an incredibly positive experience because of the knowledgeable, experienced and supportive instructor. Michael Walton, Cumberland, B.C.

INTRO TO ROCK

The course was excellent. Full of the kind of information I was looking for. Lots of fun. Ken did a great job. I'm a happy customer! Paul Cooper, Victoria, BC

INTRO WINTER TRAVEL

Sincere thanks to Ken, our instructor, and to Zoë for all the support and correspondence! What an awesome 2-day trip in the mountains. Stunning scenery and learnt heaps! Would definitely recommend IAG to anyone interested in experiencing the adventure of outdoors! Christopher Little, Auckland, New Zealand

INTRO WINTER TRAVEL

Absolutely loved the trip. First-class instructor. Marvin Kamenz, Comox, BC

INTRO WINTER TRAVEL

I wanted to say thanks to all of you again for a wonderful day out and for participating in this course last Sunday. A huge thanks to Jan for his expert instruction, guidance and encouragement as well! When I initiated the course with IAG, I could not have imagined a better group of folks to be out in the snow with! It was a super day of learning, pushing boundaries and enjoying new terrain at Mount Washington. Peggy Taylor, Victoria, BC.

AST PLUS

I found the course material excellent and the presentation was top notch. It helped that the subject matter is so inherently fascinating, but the two of you really brought it to life. It was clear from your passion that safety in the backcountry is of great personal significance to you. Your message of personal responsibility and power on the part of each member of a group really resonated with me. I was heartened to be made to feel like a member of a team, whose opinions and intuitions are important, even in the company of people with vastly more experience. This is a powerful message, applicable in many spheres of life that involve teamwork, from the mundane to the potentially life-changing. And for me, it was an extremely effective learning trigger, helping to give weight and substance to everything that I learned. Stefan Kriegler, Vancouver Island, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Jan was a great instructor and guide! We had an introduction to outdoor climbing & anchor building and he tailored our day of private instruction to exactly what we wanted and where we wanted to climb; In this case, Quadra Island. Coming with no previous knowledge of outdoor climbing, I found it be the perfect balance of theory and climbing. I'm very confident with the skills I have no to go outdoors and top rope with just the one day course. I am definitely booking again for lead and other outdoor courses with Island Alpine Guides! Dana & Grant, Parksville

ROCK DAY QUADRA ISLAND

Jan was a great instructor and guide! We had an introduction to outdoor climbing and anchor building and he tailored our day of private instruction to exactly what we wanted and where we wanted to climb; in this case, Quadra Island. Coming with no previous knowledge of outdoor climbing, I found it to be the perfect balance of theory and climbing. I'm very confident with the skills I have now to go outdoors and top rope with just the one-day course. I am definitely booking again for lead and other outdoor courses with Island Alpine Guides! Dana & Grant, Parksville

INTRO TO ROCK, QUADRA ISLAND

We were more than impressed with Jan as our guide! Our heli climbing on Mount Matchlee was a memorable experience! Looking forward to returning sometime in the near future. I'm still enjoying the after-effects of our day! Judith Freed, Vero Beach, Florida

HELI HIKING

We were more than impressed with Jan as our guide! Our heli climbing on Mount Matchlee was a memorable experience! Looking forward to returning sometime in the near future. I'm still enjoying the after-effects of our day! Judith Freed, Vero Beach, Florida

HELI-ACCESSED CLIMBS

This 3-day course was an exceptional, informative, and fun experience that was rounded out with world class instruction. I learned more than I could have imagined and am excited to build upon my newfound knowledge with more alpine experiences, many of which will most definitely be with IAG. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to gain valuable mountaineering skills while enjoying awe-inspiring surroundings! Easha Acharya, Nanaimo, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

"Taking this course was the best decision I've made this year" Duy Tang, Comox, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

Killer trip, once in a lifetime, I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Jordan Campbell, Campbell River, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

I had a great time at the course. I am sure everybody really enjoyed themselves as well. We're planning to go out next week to practice our skills. With the skills we gained and the little we already had, I feel confident that we can go out and safely enjoy ourselves. Graeme's casual professionalism made the course very enjoyable and safe. I would not hesitate to take another course led by him or put on by Island Alpine Guides. I look forward to the opportunity to take my next course, probably mountain skills. Paul Spencer, Victoria, B.C.

INTRO TO ROCK

Before I forget I thought I’d write a quick note about the Rock Rescue course we had with Lyle last weekend. It was an incredibly informative few days and well all really enjoyed it (and learned a lot). Lyle was absolutely great. Thanks for your help in putting this together for us! Alois Schonenberger, Victoria, BC.

ROCK RESCUE

Couldn't have had a better instructor for us. Lyle was very knowledgeable, encouraging and calming. He tailored the course for us and what we needed to know. We got everything we wanted out of it. It was great! Paula Frigon, Edmonton, AB.

LEARN TO LEAD, SPORT

I thought your Intro To Rock course with Graeme was excellent. Graeme was extremely professional and taught the course at just the right pace for our group as we had all had a little bit of experience climbing but were looking for a refresher and some professional guidance. Graeme definitely planted the climbing bug in me I hope to take your Learn to Lead course soon! Grayson Kerr, Victoria, B.C.

INTRO TO ROCK

It was amazing! We all had a great time thanks in a large part to Lyle. We look forward to our next trip with Island Alpine Guides!! Jennifer Gunning & Family, Victoria, BC.

MOUNT ARROWSMITH DAY HIKE

Thanks for a great trip. I will certainly recommend your outfit to anyone I can, I thought it was first class. It was good to meet new people with similar interests. Awesome group to be with for this trip. Keep me in the loop on the improvised rock anchors course. I am keen to keep learning. Daryl Aason, Shawnigan Lake, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

I had a great experience with IAG. Jan takes the time to explain things and makes sure that you understand what he is saying through hands on practice. He is also very patient and very knowledgeable. I wouldn’t hesitate in taking another IAG course or recommending them. Hope to see you on the rocks!! Thanks again for everything. Tim Turray, Courtenay, BC.

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

I took the 3 day Alpine Skills course with Lyle Fast on April 16th-18th. It was fantastic. Lyle was tremendously resourceful, knowledgable, and most importantly... safe. We all learned loads of information on a wide variety of subjects designed to keep us safe. I could not have asked for a better guide! Chris Dimoff, Victoria, BC.

3-DAY ALPINE SKILLS

The course was fantastic. I learned quite a bit and am keen to get into the mountains more, particularly to try some more ice climbing. Lyle was a great guide, he has a good depth of knowledge and teaches it well. I look forward to taking more courses with IAG. Micheal Nesbitt, Comox, BC.

3-DAY ALPINE SKILLS

I have nothing but good things to say about our instructor Ken. He was very knowledgeable and patient while explaining concepts. He encouraged and was always happy to answer any question we had to make sure everyone understood what was being taught. His personal experience and stories were powerful teaching tools explaining the balance between risk/reward when entering the backcountry. A.C., Vancouver Island

AST1 Mount Washington

Ken is an excellent instructor and I thoroughly enjoyed the course!! C.G., Vancouver Island

AST1 Mount Washington

Privileged! Great day. Look forward to reinforcing it with the 3-day Glacier Ski course. Derek Kyostia, Comox, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

Just a quick note to express my satisfaction with the AST1 course at Mount Washington this past weekend. The course exceeded my expectations in every regard and I came away feeling it was a weekend very well spent. You have a gift in Lyle. He is an exceptional instructor who can balance very well between the novices, such as me, and the folks with more experience. His teaching style means everyone benefits from each other as well as him. Bil Derby, Nanaimo, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

By far one of the best experiences of a lifetime. Instructors with unparalleled experience and understanding at IAG! Kurt Kaufman, Toledo, Ohio

AST2 Mount Cain

It was great. Lyle was very methodical and we both felt safe the entire time — even my mother who had never worn a harness before in her life. Colby Barrett, Colorado, USA.

HELI-ACCESSED CLIMBS

I had a blast learning these important mountain skills. I can't wait to get back out again. Matthew Lettington, Nanaimo, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

Great weekend! Awesome learing opportunities, great terrain, steak and potatoes in the alpine, what more could I ask for? I'd do it again! Patrick Horsefield, Nanaimo, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

The course was first class and I feel much safer and confident in the alpine now thanks to it. Chris Istace, Chemainus, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

Lyle was great. Very professional, yet also interesting to talk to and always aware of our needs/status. I must say it was weird for us (me especially) to be in the back country and having someone else making all the decisions, but the benefits of observing and learning were worth the weirdness! Clarke Gourlay, Qualicum, BC.

ELKHORN

We really enjoyed our Rock Experience course last week. It was great! Ken did an excellent job of working with each of us at our various skill levels, putting everybody at ease and giving lots of positive encouragement. And the location was beautiful — loved the forest! Thanks so much. Andrea Hubbard, Victoria, BC

ONE-DAY ROCK EXPERIENCE

Many thanks for the great course. Loved the energy, teaching, ability to adapt to all levels, improvise for conditions and maximize value! We'll see you again. Jordan Anderson and Tida Brisotto, Victoria, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

I was amazed at how much you learn in three days of instruction with IAG - not to mention a helicopter access adventure in the mountains. The value from this course is incredible and I now feel confident venturing into terrain that I would have avoided before. Carl Tessmann, Cumberland, BC

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

This was a great course, highly recommended! Patrick Horsfield, Nanaimo, BC.

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Thanks for teaching us the ropes last weekend. You are helping to bring my mountaineering dreams into reach. You rock! Matthew Lettington, Nanaimo, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Thanks for a great weekend of Ski Touring @ Mt. Cain Ladies and Jan! Jessica Dulong, Victoria, BC.

WOMEN'S WEEKEND

Thanks for an amazing course! Ulrike Schmidt, Victoria, BC

AST2 Mount Cain

Tony and I wanted to say how much we enjoyed the course and Lyle's teaching. I'm someone who inherently looks for yes no answers to questions but Lyle further made me appreciate the subtle art of 'snow science'. Sebastian Wende, Australia

AST2 Mount Cain

I wanted to let you know how fantastic the AST2 course was this past weekend at Mt. Cain. Despite initial snow issues, it was good of you and Lyle to organize the snow to fall in different consistencies and depth over the four days, to make our learning during our profile practices more valuable. Lyle was a first-class guide. I liked his “what do you think” approach, rather than regurgitating the information at or to us. Being an educator, I know and appreciate good teaching practices when I see them. He was patient with all of my questions and often directed me to answer them myself with further investigation. Mully Jackson, Victoria, BC

AST2 Mount Cain

Thanks for doing this for the general public. I really enjoyed the course and met new friends and learned some amazing things. Niko is an incredible instructor. Thanks so much – you guys are really great. Chris Larson, Vancouver, BC

Avalanche Skills Training 1 for Sledders - Lodge Based at Brohm Ridge

The course and instruction[with Niko]was awesome. Very entertaining, kept us in it the whole time. what a wicked venue as well! My sons are so over the top that we did this as a family. It will have a long lasting effect in many ways. Hennessey Family, Whistler, BC

Avalanche Skills Training 1 for Sledders - Lodge Based at Brohm Ridge

This past weekend’s AST1 course was excellent. Lyle did a great job of delivering the course content in a simple, easy-to-understand way. Even though snow conditions were not good, the field work we did was so valuable and effective. Andrew Jackson, Glenlyon Norfolk School, Victoria, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Jan is a very knowledgeable guide and is easy to approach with any question about the mountains you could think of. I highly recommend the AST1 course for anyone who is interested in the backcountry. From experienced to complete beginner, this course has the very best building blocks to set a valuable foundation to keep you safe and having fun in the mountains. I will definitely be taking more courses through Island Alpine Guides in the future. Natty Stash, Vancouver Island, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Thanks Jan for an excellent day of instruction and coaching in the 'AST plus' course. Anyone who wants to boost their confidence in effectively planning a trip, and making critical decisions in the backcountry ought to attend. I learned a ton, and had a lot of fun. Thomas Kerr, Victoria, BC.

AST PLUS

The most well taught and invaluable course with regards to rock climbing I've ever done! Franjo Gasparovic, Courtenay, BC.

ROCK RESCUE

Mattias was an excellent teacher. He was adaptable and able to keep the course interesting and fun throughout the day. His passion for navigation really shone through and both Robbie and I left feeling inspired to learn more. As well as being clear and organized, he was also very engaging and fun to talk to. All in all, it was an excellent experience- and we would be excited to take more classes in the future, and would strongly recommend them to our friends. Katelyn Kennedy and Robbie Young, Powell River, BC

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION ONE

Thank you to our instructor, Mike, for sharing his expertise and lifelong mountain knowledge — from hoar frost to facets, from convexities and overburden, to runout zone and debris field. He made the companion rescue interesting and challenging. Practise, practise, practise. A special thank you to you too for your effort with the great Avalanche Bulletin page, our number 1 tool. Thomas & Waltraud Radetzki, Sooke, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Thank you for offering a great course! Lots of information in just two days! Keiko Arakawa, Campbell River, BC.

AST1 Mount Cain

Great learning opportunity for anyone wanting to take their backcountry travel/avalanche terrain knowledge to the next level. Thank you Jan and Island Alpine Guides. Derek Jenkins, Victoria, BC.

AST PLUS

Just wanted to thank you for a great weekend. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Shauna Mack, Port McNeill, BC.

AST1 Mount Cain

It was truly a fantastic trip. Thank you again for providing such a great experience. Ben Porcher, Courtenay, BC.

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

Testimonials
I can't say enough great things about the Intro to Rock course. It was one of the funnest adventures I've had on the island. The location was stunning. We had the perfect amount of instruction and practice at the start. As a beginner, I felt a bit intimidated but that was soon gone – Jan is amazing at sharing his experience and knowledge. My favourite part was the climbing. We had so much opportunity to do anchoring, belaying, rappelling and ascents and it was totally safe, and totally rad! Learning by doing was the only option in this course, which made the course so engaging and useful. You're not sitting around watching the instructor do everything! My loaner shoes were awesome, and the equipment was really good. If you want to get out for a great climb on our beautiful island and learn a ton, please do not hesitate to take this course. It was 100% worth it. Melanie Adams, Victoria, BC.

INTRO TO ROCK, QUADRA ISLAND

The trip was great, felt really adventurous, exceeded my expectations with good company and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Christophe judged his pace well so I could keep up without difficulty and enjoy the experience. The camps were comfortable, Christophe's cuisine had a touch of French flair, the rock was dry & the friction good. The climbing was comfortably within my ability and the views spectacular. There was a real feeling of satisfaction on reaching the summit. An all-round excellent trip. Best regards & thanks again for a really memorable trip. Nigel Riley, Ambleside, England.

Rambler Peak

Christophe and the course were amazing! We got to climb multiple routes (wet but fun) on the safety of top rope but also while placing our own gear. The feedback from Christophe on every piece of pro we placed while we belayed him up was really good. Then coming back down every route we got to remove and re-examine our placed gear. Of course, as with any guide, we got to hear some real life experiences and stories on which systems have worked well for that guide, gotta love the personal touch! I would and have recommended this course to people in my similar circles, familiar with climbing and some of it's practices, but needing to place more pro and be able to evaluate and be confident on the placing of that pro. A definite must-do course for those looking to head out into the mountains and get into slightly more technical climbs. Ryan Smith, Nanaimo, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

The course was very good. Christophe has an excellent teaching style. His knowledge is obvious but he delivers it in a calm, relaxed and non-pretentious manner. A true teacher. I felt safe the entire time. And, I left with much more knowledge than I arrived with. Also, I have a greater awareness of my limitations. This is a good thing! "What the mind doesn't know, the eye doesn't see!" I now see a lot more! Thanks for sending us such a great instructor. Tom Roozendaal, Nanaimo, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Thank you for a great trip . I'm sure you'll be seeing more of me & hopefully my friend for summer trips as well. Food, location & skiing all great. Simon Pemble, Victoria, BC.

Heli-Accessed Touring

Thank you for a great trip . I'm sure you'll be seeing more of me & hopefully my friend for summer trips as well. Food, location & skiing all great. Simon Pemble, Victoria, BC.

WEEKEND SKI TOURS

The introduction to lead climbing course was a learning experience of a lifetime. The teaching was superb and brought the best out of me at a pace that was suitable to my needs and compatible with my goals. Perhaps most importantly, it challenged me to think logically about working with the gear, rock and my climbing partners in the safest way possible. Upon finishing the course, I feel comfortable working independently at my level and taking appropriate risks to further my goals in the mountains. It was one of the most satisfying classes I have taken. Michelle Hawkins, Courtenay, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

We had the very best day today! Christophe is the perfect guide. He was thorough and clear in his teaching and held the very highest regard for safety at all times. Yes, I look forward to further training with IAG. Kevin Doyle, Victoria, BC.

ONE-DAY ROCK EXPERIENCE

I finally finished standing down from the AST2 course at Mt. Cain yesterday. I'm very pleased to have attended, and feel it was well worth the investment and time. You struck an excellent balance between theoretical knowledge, field exposure, and creative exercises. In particular, I learned a lot from the exercise of writing the forecasts under your direction. That was an excellent teaching technique, for it forced us to think ahead and anticipate conditions and how they would be changing. Thank you for putting together a very well done course, and presenting it well. I, and I'm sure the others, appreciated your willingness to put in some additional time with us beyond the minimum requirement. Bill Wallace, Malahat, BC

AST2 Mount Cain

I wanted to let you know how happy I am with the AST1 course I took with you recently. The practical knowledge we learned over those two days is invaluable. I definitely feel more confident in my decision-making beyond the rope. Steven Hornick, Cobble Hill, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Thank you again for your work with the Alpine Club Youth this past weekend. They learned a lot and are inspired to learn more thanks to your engaging and informative course. Dahlia Miller, Victoria, BC.

AST1 Mount Cain

I would like to commend you and your staff for putting on an awesome course. The content was thorough and engaging, and the field work was not only an excellent way to reinforce the classroom lessons, but it also added so much more value to the course to be able to see things first hand out in the "real world". The class size was large enough to be able to simulate a good-sized ski group but not too large for each student to get individualized attention from the instructor. Speaking of the instructor, Christophe did an amazing job. He was knowledgeable, professional and did a great job engaging us with the course content. I came away with a much greater understanding of the mechanics of avalanches and also a far greater respect for the potentially devastating effect that bad decision-making can have. I would absolutely recommend the AST1 course to anyone who ventures into the backcountry. Christina Sharun, Nanaimo, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

I just finished my AST1 course today and wanted to say that I had an awesome time and am looking forward to making turns in the backcountry. Thanks again for another awesome course. I've spread the word among my friends and they're all looking forward to next year to book their own spots for the AST1 course. Kevin Hardy, Courtenay, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

The course was great, weather was perfect and Christoph is a great instructor with an amazing amount of knowledge. It's been over 10 years since I took my Avi Awareness and the new knowledge and tools will be an amazing help in the backcountry. Michael Allen, Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Nanaimo, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

We absolutely loved our day with Christophe. Along with great weather and great snow on those Southwest facing slopes, Christophe was patient, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the area and conditions. It had been a few years since we had taken AST1 and were looking for a refresher focusing mainly on practical skills, trip and route finding, and insider knowledge for Island touring (since this is our new home!). Christophe provided this. We would recommend IAG to anyone and will definitely consider trips with your team in the future. Stacey and Robert Fraser, Victoria, BC.

My most sincere kudos to Mike for a administering a great course. He definitely made the course extremely engaging and interesting. His enthusiasm, knowledge and demeanour gave credibility to the course material and avalanche theory, and thoroughly engaged the students. Also, it made for one heck of a good time. Tony Litke, Snow Survey Network Program, BC Ministry of Environment, Victoria, BC

AST1 Mount Washington

Thank you for an amazingly informative course. The content was very educational and you were superb at facilitating learning throughout! Bridget Horel, Merville, BC.

AST1 Mount Cain

Testimonials
Thanks so much for doing a great job on that course! I can't remember ever learning so much in a weekend. The drive through the mountains back to Edmonton was extra fun -- I spent half the time tracing routes up and down the visible terrain. Euan Thomson, Edmonton AB

AST1 CAIN

Thanks again for a great course; it was so great to do the course on my home turf, because I now see that terrain in a whole new light. It actually made me more confident about going into avalanche terrain back there, because I have some tools to assess the risk appropriately. Jimmy Thomson, Vancouver, BC.

AST1 CAIN

Thank you again for a truly amazing weekend. You really blew any expectations we had for AST1 out of the water. Breanne Storey, Victoria, BC

AST1 WASHINGTON

Awesome course, so worth the money. Angeline and I came out with so much more knowledge than we expected and feel so much more prepared to tour the backcountry this season. It really showed me how little I really knew last season. Your teaching ability and passion for ski touring and avalanche knowledge really shines through while you're teaching (especially in the field). Thanks again, and we look forward to taking more courses and tours with you in the near future. Nate Elman & Angeline Huson, Courtenay, BC

AST1 WASHINGTON

Thank you for leading such a great course today. We really enjoyed ourselves and got a lot out of it. We'd both be very interested in an advanced version to build on these new skills. Silas and Irini Sandham, Nanaimo, BC.

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION ONE

My wife trusts you more than me and she has never met you! George Woernle, Chemainus, BC.

ARROWSMITH SPRING SKI

Thank you for a great weekend, and a great introduction to mountaineering. I learned some essential skills, and gained a much better understanding of my own comfort zone and how to expand it. I am really keen to get out there and do just that. I will be in touch with questions from time to time, and will certainly take another course with IAG. Thanks again. Daniel Sunter, Victoria, BC.

3-DAY ALPINE SKILLS

Thanks so much for a great weekend. I learned a lot and feel very confident and look forward to climbing again soon. Taking the course was a great idea. I found it challenging but not to the point where I ever felt uncomfortable. All the basics were covered and the pace was perfect. Had a great time. Renee Blouin, Quadra Island, BC.

INTRO TO ROCK, QUADRA ISLAND

Thanks again for a great weekend learning how to rock climb safely. Sacha Slootweg, Victoria, BC.

INTRO TO ROCK, QUADRA ISLAND

Thanks again for the awesome course and weekend. Definitely met my expectations and I learned a lot. As always a real pleasure hanging (pun intended) with you over the weekend. We'll keep in touch. Russell Henry, Nanaimo, BC.

Learn to Lead Trad and Multi Pitch

The idea was to send the 2012 ski season off with an adventure, so naturally I got in touch with IAG. Jan was keen right off the start to ski spring lines on Arrowsmith, and within a couple of days he had two other skiers lined up and a trip plan. The day on the Arrowsmith massif didn't disappoint. Under clear blue skies, we skied our chosen lines, lunched on the saddle between Arrowsmith and Cokely, then decided to climb a rocky wall up to Cokely to ski out via the Rousseau Route. The day had everything I'd hoped for: steep skiing, challenging ascents and an adventurous spirit. It was a fitting end to an epic ski season. Toby Gorman, Nanaimo, BC.

ARROWSMITH SPRING SKI

I had a great time riding with you. I gained a lot of knowledge, and definitely appreciated your willingness to share your expertise. Thanks again, and happy turns. I look forward to our next meeting. David Boychuk, Vancouver Island, BC.

1/2 Day Washington Backcountry

I started lead climbing after a three-day course taught by Jan Neuspiel. We covered gear placement, anchors, rope management and multi pitch climbing techniques. This professional instruction proved priceless to me on so many levels. I noticed my base technical skills were at a higher level compared to more "seasoned" climbers. There is just so much ground level knowledge I gained that would have been impossible to replicate without professional instruction. As I progressed in my climbing, I teamed up with Jan as a climbing partner four years later on a 3000ft big wall on Baffin Island. I highly recommend this training to anyone serious about climbing safely and effectively. Guy Ridler, Courtenay, BC

LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

Thanks for the incredible, informative and fun course. Kimberly Johnston, Ucluelet, BC

AST1 WASHINGTON

An awesome day! Janet Rygnestad, Nanaimo, BC.

Garth and Sons Cain Day Touring

My wife and I had a spectacular time ski touring on Vancouver Island, thanks to IAG. We will (and have already) highly recommend IAG to our friends. Jan and IAG helped maximize our vacation time by finding safe routes and untracked lines all day. Vancouver Island has so much to offer, and IAG helped us enjoy the skiing, touring, and culture that are there! Brian McNamara, Portland, Oregon.

1/2 Day Washington Backcountry

My son really enjoyed the AST1 course. He had a great time and learned a lot. He has told me a few stories from the course and you definitely got his attention. He loves skiing and the mountains and has been doing some skiing recently in the backcountry, which of course has had me concerned. I appreciate you teaching him respect for the backcountry and the elements. This course will help him to be safer and better prepared. Thank you very much. Sheila Goodall, Courtenay, BC

AST1 WASHINGTON

Thanks again for a great course. It was exactly what we needed. Kyle Milburn, Ecofish Research Ltd, Courtenay, BC

AST1 WASHINGTON

Even though it was our 5th year running, I felt that your delivery of new course material and presentation techniques keeps getting better. Your ability to teach teenagers about terrain and avalanche risk assessment and group decisions is very effective. Thank you for helping to inspire tomorrow's stewards of nature. Andrew Jackson, Glen Lyon Norfolk School, Victoria, BC.

AST1 WASHINGTON

An awesome experience! I can't wait to get out and use it. Patrick McConnell, Courtenay, BC

AST1 WASHINGTON

Just wanted to write and say thanks for organizing another great IAG trip for us. Mike was extremely well-prepared with enthusiasm to match, and we had a blast while seeing some of Vancouver Island's most spectacular scenery and wildlife. It has been very difficult getting back to work this week! Mary Thiess & Toby Gorman, Nanaimo, BC

NOOTKA TRAIL

It was the experience of our lifetime. Our guide Mike and our fellow hikers Mary and Toby were fantastic. Mike gave us the impression of being in a Hilton hotel: excellent meals and utmost care. We couldn't have imagined a better guide and companions. When we're back in Belgium we'll certainly talk to others about this trail, this beautiful country and the excellent guidance by Island Alpine Guides. Andre & Rita Van de Perre, Melsele, Belgium

NOOTKA TRAIL

Just wanted to email to thank Christophe for the great tour yesterday. We had so much fun and enjoyed recounting all the different parts of our day on the drive home yesterday afternoon. We'll look forward to a Mt Cain tour next year! Mary Thiess, Nanaimo, BC.

1/2 Day Washington Backcountry

Mike is a truly excellent guide. We feel very fortunate to have had him. The food was great too - all very high quality. The experience unforgettable. Going on a trip like this really makes you realize what a great country we live in. William Kaplan, Toronto, ON

NOOTKA TRAIL

Both Nicole and I really enjoyed the course immensely. Thanks for the great attitude and your incredible amount of knowledge. You really know how to teach well and are a pleasure to climb with. By the way, using Squamish as a venue for the course was awesome. I love the rock here and there are billions of climbs to choose from. Paul Barrette, Vancouver, BC.

Hardy Custom Learn to Lead

The introduction to lead climbing course was a learning experience of a lifetime. The teaching was superb and brought the best out of me at a pace that was suitable to my needs and compatible with my goals. Perhaps most importantly, it challenged me to think logically about working with the gear, rock and my climbing partners in the safest way possible. Upon finishing the course, I feel comfortable working independently at my level and taking appropriate risks to further my goals in the mountains. It was one of the most satisfying classes I have taken. Michelle Hawkins, Courtenay, BC.

Hardy Custom Learn to Lead

Here is the photo evidence of three of the greatest climbers ever, and me; as well as two of the greatest guides. Let’s do it again! Bill Coffin, Los Angeles, California.

TANTALUS ASCENTS

Thanks for a wonderful weekend. Our long day Saturday was as exciting as it gets for me, with the snow and rocks all mixed together. All and all, three days of thrill rides. And then add the fresh halibut and great steaks, and hey – what a deal! It was great seeing you again, and climbing with you was far more of a treat than skiing with you, as much fun as that is. Hope I can make a deal with god to buy back another 10 years to keep it all up. I was so exhausted (as well as elated) that I fell asleep on the airplane coming home. What a terrific weekend – thanks so much! Bill Hargreaves, San Diego, California

TANTALUS ASCENTS

Thank you again for a great trip and adventure. We are all looking forward to next year. Jacquie Bourdon, Comox, BC

AUGERPOINT TRAVERSE

My climbing partner and myself looked forward to this trip as a once in a life time adventure. Now we say a helicopter fly in mountain experience with IAG will be an annual event! Dale Combs, Duncan, BC.

HELI-ACCESSED CLIMBS

STOKED! Andy Burden, Victoria, BC.

COMOX GLACIER CLIMB

If someone had been injured while climbing I had no idea what to do until taking a course like this! Clive Powsey, Cumberland, BC.

ROCK RESCUE

Thanks very much for offering the crevasse rescue course yesterday. The course was a great learning experience. Matthew Benjamin, Victoria, BC

CREVASSE RESCUE

Just wanted to again say thank you for a wonderful day of instruction. I got so much more than I was expecting. Mark was also thrilled with the course. Michelle Hawkins, Courtenay, BC.

ROCK REFRESHER

What a great adventure! The whole experience was fantastic! Thanks for getting us to the top of Serratus. It’s nice after the fact to know you made it to the top, rather than just getting close. There are too many great photos to pick a few right now, so I have burned them all to a disc and will drop it in the mail today. Dale Combs, Advanced Mountain Skills Tantalus Range

TANTALUS MOUNTAIN SKILLS

It really was one of the best courses I've ever taken - it was perfectly structured and well taught. Thanks! It's proven especially useful; I've been planning all kinds of trips all around here! Erik Petereson, Nanaimo, BC.

COMPLETE MOUNTAIN SKILLS

I started lead climbing after a three day course taught by Jan Neuspiel. We covered gear placement, anchors, rope management and multi pitch climbing techniques. This professional instruction proved priceless to me on so many levels. I noticed my base technical skills were at a higher level compared to more "seasoned" climbers. There is just so much ground level knowledge I gained that would have been impossible to replicate without professional instruction. As I progressed in my climbing, I teamed up with Jan as a climbing partner four years later on a 3000ft big wall on Baffin Island. I highly recommend this training to anyone serious about climbing safely and effectively. Guy Ridler, Courtenay, BC.

Hardy Custom Learn to Lead

I have skied all over the world in Europe, Canada, South America, Greenland, Alaska, Russia and the Himalayas. Some of the best days I have had have been skiing with Jan. Joaquin Folch, Barcelona, Spain.

ISLAND HELI SKIING

I've been climbing with Jan since our first trip in Nepal in 1989. We've climbed together almost every year since then in the European Alps, Yosemite, the Tetons, and both the Coast Range and on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. On every trip I have put my life in Jan's hands, and I've been comfortable doing so. He's very careful and very knowledgeable as a guide. He really does make my safety in the mountains his first priority. Jan is also always sensitive to my limits, both in thinking through each route (and sometimes each move on a section of a route), and in thinking through when he can push me a little to get past my fears, when I really am able to follow him. Beyond the question of safety, we've become good friends. You need someone you can talk to, in all moods, when you're sharing a tent for days. Jan can get along well with, and encourage, a very wide range of people. Ken Cohen, Boston, Massechusetts

TANTALUS ASCENTS

I have taken a half dozen treks with various companies around the country climbing in Africa, Canada, Italy, Switzerland as well as a variety of places in the US and have had a number of guides who have assisted me in these ventures. None of them came close to holding a candle to the experience we had with Jan. Thank you. We will treasure our memories forever. Dan Stephenson, Temecula, California.

TANTALUS ASCENTS

For several years my daughter's birthday present for me was a guided trip with Jan Neuspiel to one of the higher local peaks on northern Vancouver Island or in the Bute Inlet area. Without exception, the climbs were enjoyable and successful, and the memories remain with me as some of my most enjoyable mountaineering trips. At the start of a trip the objective always seemed to be higher and more difficult than anything I could reasonably expect to climb safely. Yet once we got going I never had reason to fear or worry, it was simply lots of fun in spectacular surroundings. If it wasn't for very arthritic knees, the birthday present tradition would, hopefully, still be going on. Rolf Kellarhals, Quadra Island, BC.

ELKHORN

Thanks for the great day, it was a life affirming trip with that "it's good to be alive" vibe. We really appreciated the professionalism of your pilot and of course your expertise on the mountain. I hope we all get a chance to travel in the wilderness again. Pete Postuk, Victoria, BC.

Three Day Heli Accessed Ski Tour

Great trip, great company and outstanding guiding! George Woemle, Chemainus, BC.

Heli-Accessed Touring

Over the years I have done a number of trips with Jan on Vancouver Island and in the Coast Range. Jan's enthusiasm for mountains is infectious. He is great fun to have adventures with and he has helped me push my limits in a safe way. For our first trip together he guided an all woman's snow and ice school that I had helped to organize. His teaching abilities and interpersonal skills were exemplary. Dr. Erika Kellerhals, Quadra Island, BC.

COMPLETE MOUNTAIN SKILLS

I have had the benefit of Jan's guiding on four separate occasions over the years. From an initial top rope rock climbing course, through to a wild expedition in the Waddington range, Jan has provided me with solid instruction and guiding to the highest standards. Jan's friendly nature and wide ranging conversational interests make his trips all the more entertaining. I recommend Jan without hesitation as a guide to your adventures. Mort Allingham, Comox, BC.

MOUNT WADDINGTON

My two 15 year old sons and I took the AST 1 course last weekend. I came away from the two days with a keen appreciation of how little I knew about avalanche danger. The boys actually admitted that they had learned a lot! And they had fun. Jan was great. I look back at this being one of the best things I have done for my kids in a long time. It could save their lives. Thanks. Paul Cosulich, Vancouver, BC.

ACCVI Youth AST1

Thanks again to Jan Neuspiel of Island Alpine Guides for an amazing experience! In the last couple of years I have taken various climbing instruction, an avalanche course and a guided mountain hike/climb on Vancouver Island. All three outdoor educators/guides (Cliff, Karen and Jan) have been outstanding! My most recent adventure was a helicopter fly in to Matchlee Mountain. Three days of excellent instruction at a magical location, all under blue skies and warm weather; and to top it off a climb to the summit! My climbing partner (Albert Pozar) and myself looked forward to this trip as a once in a life time adventure. Now we say a helicopter fly in mountain experience with IAG will be an annual event! Dale Combs, Duncan, BC.

You did a great job with making the course professional while keeping it entertaining and fun. I felt you did a great job of balancing the safety and technique messages while keeping it realistic and relating it to real situations and decision making. I would and have recommend the AST1 course to anyone who wants to explore any out of bounds areas whether they are skiers, boarders, snowshoe or hikers. I really liked the layout of the course and how you used what we were actually seeing (good and bad techniques) and experiencing as learning tools instead of just using theory. I am eager to get out and put some of my new skills to practice and continue learning in the outdoors! Tod Gilbert, Nanaimo, BC.

AST1 CAIN

I can't wait to get out again! It was an incredible course and I am so glad to have taken it, definitely ignited something. Anna Clark, Victoria, BC.

3-DAY ALPINE SKILLS

I recently went through the Intro to rock course and then did the Long weekend mountain skills course with Jan from Island Alpine Guides. What can I say? Both were excellent! Jan is a great mentor and has a ton of experience. I have since put many of the skills that I learned to use on a week long hiking trip in Strathcona Park. Doing these courses with Jan has certainly taken my hiking skills "up a notch". I plan on doing more courses with I.A.G in the future. Russ Henry, Nanaimo, BC.

INTRO TO ROCK, QUADRA ISLAND

Thanks for an awesome trip. I've gained an immense appreciation for what you do and a thirst to continue on. Carol Ann Patterson, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

Rich is a very skilled and extremely capable guide who I learned a lot from and without whom I would never have been able to complete this trip. It looks like we were the first party to summit both the SouthWest and the Main peaks this year according to the registry. We stayed at the excellent bivy shelter on the main summit and had a great sunrise. Everything went according to plan and there was a great mixture of mixed climbing, route finding moving on snow, excellent rock and not so excellent rock. Overall an extremely intense and exhilarating experience and worked out well with the 4-day time period. Next summer may be Rambler Peak or some other interesting adventure. I shall be in contact. Rod Szasz, Tokyo, Japan

COLONEL FOSTER, FULL TRAVERSE

Thank you so much for looking after everyone so well — the organization really was fantastic. Having the camp all ready for us upon arrival was just so welcome, the morning room service coffee was above and beyond, as well as so unexpected, and of course the confidence you gave us all was incredible. Miranda Jones, Courtenay, BC

COMOX GLACIER HIKE

I really enjoyed this and will do it again with you. Thanks for your wonderful stories, intimate knowledge of the terrain and relaxed way of getting everything to work like clockwork. Wayne Shtybal, Saanich, BC