INTRO TO ROCK

$395.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Your outdoor climbing journey starts here!

Over two days, build essential skills to safely top-rope climb on your own. We’ll begin with an introduction to technical systems and expand to movement skills. By the end of the second day, your rope work will be solid, and you’ll be moving more confidently over rock. These fundamental skills can be applied in a multitude of ways. For many, Intro to Rock is a stepping stone towards learning to lead or climb in the mountains.

Please read the pre-trip document for details.

LOCATIONS

Courses will take place at Comox (Cumberland) Lake Crags unless stated otherwise.

  • September 18-19: Nanaimo River

If you're interested in setting up a course at another location, please reach out. We also offer courses at Crest Creek Crags, Naniamo River, Mount Wells (Victoria) and on Quadra Island.

CURRICULUM

  • Equipment overview (selection, use and care)
  • Basic movement skills on rock
  • Rope skills & management for top rope
  • Top rope anchor building using trees and bolts
  • Rappelling from anchors
  • Introduction to removable anchors
  • Coaching, progress evaluation & feedback
  • Practice, practice, practice!

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

$995.00 / person

(at 5:1 ratio)
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This is a complete mountain skills course with a helicopter to whisk you straight into the alpine classroom. Quick access to a remote alpine environment makes it possible to cover a lot of material in just three days. Learn all the basics of mountaineering, from movement on snow, rock, and ice, to anchoring and belaying in all these mediums, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, route finding, and much more.

This courses typically runs June–September when conditions are more likely to be optimal for teaching the curriculum effectively. Please read the pre-trip document for details

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Our Intro to Rock or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals is recommended but not essential.
  • Ability to hike 200-300 m of elevation under a 20 lbs load

DISCLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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LEARN TO LEAD TRAD

$670.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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This two-day course is an excellent entry-point into the world of trad and leading. Under the eye of a qualified instructor, you’ll learn the fundamentals to lead safely and efficiently on rock using removable protection. Instructors will focus on technical systems, and provide detailed feedback for ways to improve before progressing to new material.

Please see the pre-trip document at the bottom of the booking page for important pre-trip details.

LOCATION

Courses typically take place at the Comox Lake crags near Cumberland, unless stated otherwise.

CURRICULUM

  • Rope & station management
  • Selecting & carrying a rack
  • Safe protection placements & strategies
  • Anchor building with protection
  • Safe and efficient lead belaying and climbing

Curriculum covers basics of both sport of trad lead climbing. If you already have some leading experience, you might consider our Single-Day Learn to Lead Trad course.

PRE-REQUISITES

Prior to registering, participants should:

  • Be well-versed in top-roping
  • Generally know what grade they can climb at (without falling)
  • Have completed an Intro to Rock course (or have equivalent experience)

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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3-DAY ALPINE SKILLS

$595.00 / person

(at 5:1 ratio)
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Over an action-packed three days, you’ll learn to manage risk on steep snow slopes and glaciers. If we have time, alpine rock techniques may also be covered. On the last day, we’ll put everything together as we journey to a nearby peak. The skills gained will open up a wide range of possible ascents in the Island alps, allowing you to take your hikes to the next level.

This course typically takes place at Mount Cain in May or June, unless stated otherwise. Please read the pre-trip document linked below for important course details.

This is an abbreviated version on our Mountain Skills Training.

CURRICULUM

  • Snow step and ice axe technique
  • Self arrest
  • Snow anchors
  • Roped glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • End roping and short roping
  • Route selection
  • And more!

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Intro to Rock or equivalent training/experience in rope work are recommended but not essential
  • Ability to hike up to 500m elevation under a 20 lbs load

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST1 WASHINGTON

$295.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little to no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to understand the formation of avalanches, to recognize avalanche terrain, understand how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins, to plan backcountry trips and to enact critical avalanche rescue skills.

Island Alpine Guides courses at Mount Washington benefit from quick and exclusive access using lifts at the resort to get us straight into great backcountry terrain for touring, learning and riding.

To register for this course, you should be a strong intermediate skier in natural conditions. If you are new to touring, you may wish to check out our Intro to Backcountry Touring course. If you would like to take this course on snowshoes, please see our "AST1: Snowshoe"

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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CREVASSE RESCUE

$195.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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Get ready for glacier travel in summer or winter with a focused day of crevasse rescue training. We can accommodate participants with experience or without, so the course can act as both an introduction to these skills or as a refresher. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete mountain skills course and that it only focuses on technical systems for crevasse rescue. If you are new to travel over technical terrain in the mountains, one of our winter or summer mountain skills courses, which includes crevasse rescue amongst many other skills, may be more appropriate.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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TANTALUS MOUNTAIN SKILLS

$1,290.00 / person

(at 3:1 ratio)
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If you have training and/or experience in basic mountain skills and are looking to take it to the next level, join us on a three-day course in the spectacular Tantalus Range. A short helicopter trip from Squamish drops us in the amazing Serratus/Dione Col, the site of the ACC Jim Haberl Hut. The hut makes for a comfortable stay while we spend three intensive days learning skills and putting them to use on some of the many challenging objectives near the hut.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST1 CAIN

$315.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little-to-no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator card, and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack.

We operate courses at Mount Cain only for contiguous groups who have their accommodation organized including a space that can be used as a classroom and to house the instructor. If you'd like us to run a course at Mount Cain for your group please contact us.

As COVID-19 restrictions will prevent us from meeting in-person for the classroom day, this course will offer three evening Zoom sessions during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with an in-person field day on Saturday.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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INTRO TO WINTER TRAVEL

$395.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Looking to get into the mountains this winter? This two-day backcountry tour with one night of winter camping will get you started with the basics of gear choice, trip planning, winter camping, movement through mountain terrain in winter, avalanche awareness, map and terrain skills, and more. This course will help you take that first step into the winter backcountry. The meeting point is typically Mount Washington's Raven Lodge.

The trip scheduled for Jan 29-30 and Feb 26-27, 2022 are for snowshoers.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ROCK REFRESHER

$195.00 / person

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This one-day course is perfect for those who have some rock climbing experience and would like to refresh their skills and tighten up their safety systems. It is also well-suited to those who wish to take one of our mountaineering courses but first need to review the fundamentals of rope systems. The emphasis is on technical systems (anchors, belaying, rappelling, etc.) to ensure that when you go out there, you are doing things the right way to make rock climbing as safe as it should be.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ADVANCED WINTER SKILLS

$995.00 / person

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This five-day course caters to the island ski tourer who is looking to gain the skills and knowledge to travel efficiently and safely through our island terrain in the winter. Vancouver Island Mountains are unique in snowpack and topography which require the backcountry traveler to be well versed in route finding, navigation, rope management and avalanche hazard evaluation. This course will cover skills such as avalanche hazard management, rope management including protecting, belaying and lowering, crevasse rescue skills and white-out navigation.

This is an advanced-level course and the participant should be familiar with common climbing knots, hold a minimum AST1 certificate and be comfortable traveling for extended days in a backcountry winter environment.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST2 WASHINGTON

$590.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training Two is an advanced avalanche course which takes a closer look at how avalanches form and how to manage more complex terrain. We delve deeper into the snowpack and learn how to apply different tests to help gain an understanding of snow stability and strength. Transceiver training moves into the realm of multiple beacon searches and how to solve these sometimes complex searches. The AST1 or equivalent training or experience are required as a prerequisite for this course. Participants should have at least one season of experience touring and should be strong intermediate level skiers at minimum.

Note This is a four-day course. If there is an available trip listed that spans four days, it's a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it indicates a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ROCK RESCUE

$395.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Imagine yourself belaying a partner on a climb when a mishap befalls them and they are hanging on the other end of the rope with you stuck on belay and unable to do anything. If you do any multi-pitch climbing, whether as a leader or a follower, you could find yourself in this scenario. If having the skills to manage these situations is of interest to you, then our two-day Rock Rescue course is exactly what you need.

On day one, we cover all the basics of improvised self-rescue, from rescue anchors and station-management to blocking and escaping belays. On day two, we move on to raising and lowering systems and, depending on what group experience allow for, we may also deal with more complicated scenarios involving multiple lowers, rappels with victims, passing knots, rope ascending, and other techniques used in multi-pitch rescue.

Take a look at Chek News to see their story on our Rock Rescue courses.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN SKILLS FLY-IN

$995.00 / person

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A special women-only version of our most popular summer course. This is a complete mountain skills course with a helicopter to whisk you straight into the alpine classroom, making it possible to cover a whole bunch of material in just three days. Learn all the basics of mountaineering from movement on snow, rock, and ice, to anchoring and belaying in all these mediums, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, route finding, and much more.

Our Intro to Rock or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals is recommended but not essential.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ROCK DAY QUADRA ISLAND

$195.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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This one-day course is designed for those that have done some climbing (indoors or out) who would like to refresh previously learned skills and acquire new ones. Exact curriculum will be designed by the assembled group, but will typically involve anchor building, outdoor rock movement skills, and backed-up rappelling techniques—and, of course, lots of climbing!

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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WILDERNESS NAVIGATION 2

$245.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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Modern smart phones and tablets with their resident Global Positioning capabilities are incredible pieces of technology that can greatly enhance the wilderness navigation experience. On this one-day navigation course, we'll cover how to use GPS to mark points, enter routes, make and follow route plans and much more.

This course will be delivered in two parts, with a 2-hour evening session to review route planning and information sourcing, followed by a day of practical application in the field.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • We recommend that you have Wilderness Navigation 1 or have similar training or experience before taking our GPS course
  • To achieve course objectives participants must be prepared to travel through bush and over rough terrain

Please read the pre-trip information package located at the bottom of the booking page for more details

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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WILDERNESS NAVIGATION 1

$195.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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Wilderness Navigation 1 is a one-day introduction to using and understanding topographic maps and compasses. This course provides fundamental skills that anyone who explores outdoors should have. A solid knowledge of the map and compass will not only benefit trip planning and inform GPS navigation, it also remains an essential skill to have to find your way through terrain, particularly if exploring new areas or in poor visibility. Each course will cover the curriculum below, but we will also tailor to each group’s needs and experience level.

We recommend our one-day Wilderness Navigation 2 as a follow-up course. Take both courses at once to receive a 10% discount

CURRICULUM

  • Interpreting features on topographical maps
  • Compass use and features
  • Scale, grid reference and latitude and longitude
  • Relating features on a map to features on the ground
  • Taking bearings in the field and on the map
  • Resectioning to determine location
  • Travelling on bearings through terrain

REQUIREMENTS

  • Participants must be prepared to travel approximately 3-4km, including sections through bush and over rough terrain
  • If there is snow on the ground, it could also include use of snowshoes which participants must provide for themselves

Please read the pre-trip information package located at the bottom of the booking page for more details

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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Mountain Travel

$740.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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If you've always wanted to be able to do some of the wonderful mountain hiking traverses that we have here on the island but could use a little help with the skills required, this course is for you. From planning food and equipment, packing and route planning to navigation, group management and camp skills, this course will give teach you a host of important skills for backpacking in the mountains.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ONE-DAY ROCK EXPERIENCE

$195.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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A fun-filled day at the Comox Lake crags introducing you to the exciting sport of rock climbing. Learn to move fluidly on the rock as you climb, belay, and rappel (descend). Suitable for all ages and a great day for a family.

Note that the July 31 course will take place at Comox Lake.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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MOUNTAIN IMPROV

$195.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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A course featuring all kinds of techniques to manage tricky situations in the mountains. Curriculum will include principals of anchor building with an emphasis on improvised anchors using trees, boulders, jammed knots, threads and much else. Rappelling safety including various back-up methods, multiple rappel techniques and rope options. We also look at all your lightweight gear options and things you may want to have on your island-specific "mini rack". Courses take place at either Comox Lake or Crest Creek.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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SNOW SKILLS

$195.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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This one-day course is a chance to cover a whole bunch of snow climbing fundamentals in a short timeframe, including everything from strategic route selection, step-making, and ice axe use, all the way to end roping, short roping and snow anchors. It is typically held at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ROCK DAY VICTORIA

$195.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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This one-day course is designed for those that have done some climbing (indoors or out) who would like to refresh previously learned skills and acquire new ones. Exact curriculum will be designed by the assembled group, but will typically involve anchor building, outdoor rock movement skills, and backed-up rappelling techniques—and, of course, lots of climbing!

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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2-DAY ALPINE SKILLS REFRESHER

$395.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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This two-day course is geared towards those looking to refresh their alpine systems and skills. A base camp at Mount Cain will allow for quick access to alpine terrain, and the specific curriculum will depend on the experience level and objectives of the group.

PRE-REQUISITES

To register for this course, we expect you to have previously taken 3-Day Alpine Skills, Mountain Skills Fly-In, Combined Alpine Skills or equivalent courses elsewhere. Please contact us if you are unsure.

CURRICULUM

Each course will be tailored to the needs of the group.

May 27-28 course curriculum will cover:

  • Snow anchors, steep snow travel, glacier travel (minus crevasse rescue)
  • Short-roping/short-pitching for alpine rock
  • Transitions between rock and snow
  • Techniques or considerations for effectively and safely rappelling/bailing off routes

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY TOURING

$195.00 / person

(at 6 :1 ratio) Next Trip: Dec 20, 2021 (day trip)
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This one-day beginner course provides tips and tricks needed for smooth travel in simple backcountry terrain, covering basics such as gear selection and use to skinning technique and route selection. Spend an enjoyable day with an IAG instructor, and gain experience moving through untracked terrain.

This course is an excellent precursor to AST1 and provides a fun and safe environment to try out alpine touring, split boarding or telemark. Great for anyone looking to gain some confidence on their gear, or those looking for a taste of what it’s like to break free from the resort.

Curriculum

  • Selecting, understanding, and using backcountry gear
  • Skinning technique
  • Basics of skiing in natural conditions
  • Introduction to winter travel considerations and hazards
  • Route finding and track setting
  • Opportunity for supervised practice and coaching
  • Suggestions for progression

Location

These trips utilize areas around Mount Washington for ease of access. Exact areas will be chosen based on conditions of the day, and group experience level.

Itinerary

A typical day begins at 08:30 and finishes around 16:00.

Participants will receive a pre-trip email one-week prior with exact meeting details.

Requirements

To maximize your enjoyment of the day, we ask that you:

  • Have moderate fitness (able to hike for 2-3 hours/day)
  • Have intermediate ski ability on-piste (meaning you can comfortably ski groomed blue square runs)
  • Are prepared to spend the day outside in variable conditions (please see gear list)

The choice between alpine touring skis, telemark skis or a splitboard is up to you. Choose the mode of transport that you are hoping to gain experience with.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page, or send us an email.

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WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

$395.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Over two days, we will cover and practice the essential survival skills for backcountry users travelling in south-west British Columbia. This course is experiential, and participants will build shelters to spend the night in. After completion of the course, participants will be equipped to handle many common survival situations.

CURRICULUM

  • Basic navigation with a map and compass
  • Shelter building
  • Fire starting
  • Basic foraging and tracking skills
  • Survival psychology
  • Pre-trip planning
  • Risk management
  • Emergency preparedness

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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SINGLE-DAY LEARN TO LEAD, TRAD

$335.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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A condensed version of our two-day Learn to Lead, Trad course. Learn to lead safe pitches including placement of protection, planning your ascents, and station management. Even if you have already begun lead climbing, instruction from our qualified guides will get you leading in a consistent, safe, and confident manner. Our low ratio ensures high quality, focused instruction with increased leading time.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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BACKCOUNTRY PERFORMANCE

$470.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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Knowing how to ski well in natural conditions is essential to enjoyable and safe backcountry travel. Our Backcountry Performance course provides two low-ratio sessions with a qualified ski instructor, followed by a day in the backcountry with one of our ACMG-certified guides. Great for anyone looking to break free from the resort, or simply take their backcountry skiing to the next level.

Participants choose the dates and times for their sessions. As these programs are low ratio and priced at 2:1, please don’t hesitate to contact us to book dates if you are on your own. We'll work to try to find another person to join you.

Note that this is not a program for beginner skiers. Rather it is for skiers who are at minimum intermediate level on piste and looking to up their skiing standard to ski in natural snow conditions.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER: All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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QUEER OUTDOOR ROCK

$195.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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In partnership with GOATS (Gayest Climbers of All Time), we're offering our first outdoor rock climbing program. Our aim is to increase outdoor accessibility by creating a more inclusive, safe, outdoor rock and alpine climbing environment for the LGBTQ2+ community.

On this one-day course you’ll learn everything you need to know to climb top rope on your own, including movement skills, belaying and rappelling, anchor building, gear selection and much more. All under the tutelage of supportive, queer ACMG instructors.

LOCATIONS

  • Sep 18th : Victoria

CURRICULUM

  • Equipment overview (selection, use and care)
  • Basic movement skills on rock
  • Rope skills & management for top rope
  • Top rope anchor building using trees and bolts
  • Rappelling from anchors
  • Coaching, progress evaluation & feedback
  • Practice, practice, practice!

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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COMBINED ALPINE SKILLS

$795.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Perfect for the budding mountaineer, this course offers the full mountain meal combo. With a curriculum that covers travel techniques for rock, snow and glacier, participants will gain the basic skills necessary to begin exploring a wide variety of mountain terrain.

From our base camp at Mount Cain Alpine Park, we will take advantage of quick access to stunning alpine terrain and one of the best outdoor classrooms around.

PRE-REQUISITES

To maximize safety and enjoyment, participants should:

  • Have completed Intro to Rock or have equivalent rope-work experience
  • Feel comfortable moving in alpine environments with exposure
  • Be able to travel uphill for up to 500m vertical gain under a 20 lbs load

CURRICULUM

  • Snow climbing
  • Snow anchors
  • Glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Rock anchors
  • Short-roping and short-pitching techniques for alpine rock
  • Route-finding skills
  • Transitions from snow to rock
  • Plus +

Please read the pre-trip information package located at the bottom of the booking page for details

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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GLACIER SKI COURSE

$595.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Take your ski touring to the next level by learning all about skiing in glaciated terrain. Glacier formation, route finding, roping for glacier travel and crevasse rescue are all covered in this three-day course which takes place in the spectacular Spearhead Range. This trip is off Island to take advantage of the heavily crevassed terrain in the Coast Mountains.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

You should be an advanced skier or snowboarder in natural snow conditions to sign up for a posted trip. If your skiing ability is less than this, please get in touch so that we can create a compatible group for you.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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WOMEN'S BACKCOUNTRY SKILLS

$595.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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This course was designed by women for women. Suitable for beginner- to intermediate-level hikers, we will explore an iconic Vancouver Island summit while advancing confidence and competency in backcountry skills. Participants will hone their ability to plan, prepare and pursue future adventures ranging from alpine day trips to multi-week expeditions.

This trip will run over 3 days and 2 nights. A 90-minute virtual pre-trip planning meeting will be scheduled prior to the start of the course. Location will be determined based on mountain conditions at the time of the course.

PRE-REQUISITES

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediates. To safely partake, you should be comfortable travelling uphill, covering up to 700 metres of vertical gain while carrying a load of approximately 30 lbs.

CURRICULUM

  • Trip planning
  • Camp craft
  • Navigation and route finding
  • Leave no Trace
  • Backcountry hygiene and safety
  • Wildlife
  • Trail etiquette and techniques

Please see the pre-trip information package for details.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

TRIP INFO

AST1 FOR SLEDDERS

$395.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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Our Avalanche Skills Training One for Sledders features a customized curriculum taught by a sledder who is also a fully qualified avalanche forecaster.

This entry-level course is designed for individuals with little to no formal avalanche training. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator trip planner and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack.

Schedule
This is a two-day course consisting of a Classroom day and a Field day.

Location for the field day is the Mount Washington area backcountry, accessed from kilometre eleven on Mount Washington Rd.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST2 CAIN

$635.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training Two is an advanced avalanche course which takes a closer look at how avalanches form and how to manage more complex terrain. We delve deeper into the snowpack and learn how to apply different tests to help gain an understanding of snow stability and strength. Transceiver training moves into the realm of multiple beacon searches and how to solve these sometimes complex searches. The AST1 or equivalent training or experience are required as a prerequisite for this course. Participants should have at least one season of experience touring and should be strong intermediate level skiers at minimum.

We operate courses at Mount Cain only for contiguous groups who have their accommodation organized including a space that can be used as a classroom and to house the instructor. If you'd like us to run a course at Mount Cain for your group please contact us.

Schedule: This is a four-day course with two evening sessions. If there is an available trip listed that spans four days, it's a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it indicates a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

TRIP INFO

AST+ Theory to Practice

$200.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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For many people, taking the step from avalanche skills training to actually getting out touring in the backcountry can be a bit daunting. This course bridges the gap from theory to practice. The idea was actually developed by some of our students and the results have been spectacular. Your day starts with a trip-planning meeting facilitated by an experienced guide, followed by a full day of touring in avalanche terrain and a structured debrief to end the day. Students will gain the confidence to plan and execute their own trips as well as a ton of local knowledge about their touring destinations.

If your course is taking place at an operational ski hill, the lifts will be used to increase the amount of time spent in avalanche terrain, as well as quantity of downhill riding on the day. To facilitate this, we've arranged access to specially priced, 2-ride lift tickets that you'll purchase as an add-on below (unless you have a seasons pass or access to your own ticket).

All trips listed below will be taking place at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

TRIP INFO

ALPINE ROCK SKILLS

$530.00 / person

(at 3:1 ratio)
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Travelling in the Island Alps, or any mountain range for that matter, inevitably involves managing fourth and low-to-mid fifth-class terrain. The slower-paced pitching or end roping techniques that we use at the crags are not appropriate in this terrain as they can increase risk from hazards such as rock fall.

On this two-day course, we'll cover the techniques that you need to move efficiently in alpine rock terrain, while also covering route-finding skills, transitions from snow and ice to rock, and other techniques necessary in these environments.

CURRICULUM

The following skills will be covered, with plenty of time devoted to supervised practice:

  • Short-pitching
  • Short-roping
  • Route finding skills
  • Transitions from snow and ice to rock
  • Improvised anchor building
  • Gear placement

This is an intermediate level course. Please see the pre-trip information package for details.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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LEARN TO LEAD SPORT

$335.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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This one-day, low-ratio course is an excellent entry-point into the world of sport leading. Under the eye of a qualified instructor, you'll learn the fundamentals to lead safely and efficiently on rock using bolts for protection. Instructors will focus on technical systems and considerations and provide detailed feedback along the way.

Please read the pre-trip information document for details.

LOCATIONS

Courses are held at the Comox Lake crags unless stated otherwise.

  • May 22, 2021 course will be held on Quadra

CURRICULUM

  • Anchor building
  • Rope and station management
  • Various station belay methods
  • Safe and efficient lead belaying & climbing
  • Switching over from climbing to rappelling
  • And more!

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

TRIP INFO

AST2 FOR SLEDDERS

$790.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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For those who have taken their AST1, this is the next step. The Avalanche Skills Training Two (AST2) is an advanced avalanche course which takes a closer look at how avalanches form and how to manage more complex terrain. We delve deeper into the snowpack and learn how to apply different tests to help gain an understanding of snow stability and strength. Transceiver training moves into the realm of multiple burial searches and how to solve these sometimes complex problems.

The course is 90% saddle time, learning about terrain selection and applying your skills in the mountains along with a fully qualified avalanche forecaster who is also an accomplished sledder. Evenings will consist of reviewing online resources, post trip debriefing and making a plan for the next day's objectives based on the most up-to-date weather and snowpack information available.

Schedule: This is a four-day course with evening sessions. If there is an available trip listed below that spans four days, it's a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it indicates a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.

_The AST1 or equivalent training or experience are required as a prerequisite for this course. Participants should have at least one season of experience after taking the AST1 or equivalent.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST1 SNOWSHOE

$295.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Dec 28 - 29, 2021
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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little to no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator card, and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack.

This course for snowshoers will be held at Mount Washington.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISLAIMER

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

TRIP INFO