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.


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.


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.

Included in the price:

  • 2 days of instruction with an ACMG guide
  • Group technical gear
  • Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe)

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to and from starting point
  • Food
  • Tents, sleeping mat, sleeping bag
  • Personal equipment
  • Clothing

We offer catering on some of our trips for an extra $60/person/day. Please check with our office to see if your trip has this option.

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"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
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
"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