This is a complete mountain skills course with a helicopter to whisk you straight into the alpine classroom, making 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, route finding, and much more.
This courses typically runs June–September when conditions are more likely to be optimal for teaching the curriculum effectively. 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
- Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons)
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to and from meeting point
- Camping equipment
- Personal equipment
*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.
- Jun 5 - 7, 20200 spots available.$895.00 Sold Out
- Jun 13 - 15, 20203 spots available.$995.00 Book Trip
- Jun 18 - 20, 20201 spot available.$895.00 Book Trip
- Jun 27 - 29, 20200 spots available.$895.00 Sold Out
- Mountain Skills Fly-in (pdf)
$995.00 / person(at 5:1 ratio) Next Trip: Jun 5 - 7, 2020
Ken was a marvellous instructor. He not only taught us about safety, but also mountain etiquette and trusting in our gut instinct, and philosophies of mountaineering so that when you head out, you have a purpose and the skills to bring you home safe again – and that means leaving our arrogance and ego at home. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to everyone starting out with mountaineering.Anne Nguyen, Nanaimo, BC
It was truly a fantastic trip. Thank you again for providing such a great experience.Ben Porcher, Courtenay, BC.
The course was first class and I feel much safer and confident in the alpine now thanks to it.Chris Istace, Chemainus, BC.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Killer trip, once in a lifetime, I couldn't have asked for a better experience!Jordan Campbell, Campbell River, BC.
"Taking this course was the best decision I've made this year"Duy Tang, Comox, BC.
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.
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
Amazing trip. Not only was the weather and location perfect, our guide Ken was incredible. He was approachable, easy going and had an absolute wealth of experience about life in the mountains. Would recommend for sure.Rob Livingstone, Victoria, BC
Thoroughly enjoyed the course, the instruction and the group overall. Ken was a great instructor and was patient enough with me while the skills slowly returned to me after a long absence from the mountains.John Considine, Victoria, BC
The course was great! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it very informative, engaging, and fun! As well, it was very well-organized, which I appreciated. I would expect the guide to be knowledgeable and competent. I wasn't expecting the guide to bring such a level of spirituality to the course. I deeply appreciated his perspective on life in the mountains. It was a rich and rewarding experience. I would definitely recommend it as well as consider taking another one of your courses that you offer. I very much appreciated the other participants as well, and am hoping to get up in the hills with a couple of them at least.Jeremy Page, Victoria, BC
I had a blast learning these important mountain skills. I can't wait to get back out again.Matthew Lettington, Nanaimo, BC.