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.
Included in the price:
- 3 days of instruction with an ACMG guide
- Return helicopter flights
- Group technical gear
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to and from meeting point
- Camping equipment
- Personal equipment
- Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons)
Mountaineering Kit Rental $45.00
Ice Axe, Crampons, Helmet, Carabiners, Cords and Sling. All these items are required to participate in the course. See the precise technical gear requirement in the Important pre-trip information .pdf below. We rent complete kits only, not individual items. Once purchased rental is non-refundable.
- Mountain Skills Fly-in (pdf)
$995.00 / person(at 5:1 ratio)
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
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
This was an excellent course, all around. Jan was such an incredible teacher and our group of women had a ton of fun with him. He was hilarious, respectful, knowledgeable, and thoughtful in his interactions and teaching. It is very clear that he knows exactly what he's doing out in the mountains. I learned a lot about how to make smart decisions to keep myself safe while mountaineering, and it left me with a lot of excitement to continue learning more and getting back out on another trip soon.Michelle S. ,