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
- 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
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, etc.)*
*Available as a "Mountaineering Kit" add on (see below).
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.
- Jun 17 - 19, 20220 spots available.$995.00 Sold Out
- Jul 1 - 3, 20220 spots available.$995.00 Sold Out
- Jul 23 - 25, 20220 spots available.$995.00 Sold Out
- Aug 13 - 15, 20220 spots available.$995.00 Sold Out
- Aug 27 - 29, 20225 spots available.$995.00 Book Trip
- Sep 10 - 12, 20220 spots available.$995.00 Sold Out
- Mountain Skills Fly-in (pdf)
$995.00 / person(at 5:1 ratio) Next Trip: Jun 17 - 19, 2022
The trip was fantastic! It exceeded my expectations, Andrew is an exceptional guide. The Covid risk management was very well managed and didn’t hinder my experience of the course. Hats-off to Andrew for taking great care of us. I look forward to taking more courses with Island Alpine Guides.Mark Toth, Courtenay, 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
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
Thank you for an incredible weekend. The smile has yet to leave my face. I've now been on two IAG courses and both were phenomenal. I was really impressed with the quality of training, the depth of knowledge we were provided during the course and the incredible location for it to take place. The small delay in departure Saturday was more than made up for by the helicopter ride and the proximity we were able to keep to the Alpine Classroom - what a magical location for the course. I found the course to be the right level of demanding, challenging of my limits and of risk management. While feeling excited and focused, there weren't any moments in which I felt unsafe or over exposed despite the seriousness of the terrain we were in. Andrew did an incredible job of managing the group throughout the course, and I was particularly impressed with how well he was able to monitor and oversee two separate ropes teams traversing the mountain. I've spoken with other guides in the past and I know what an incredible responsibility this can be, to manage the systems and risk for themselves and 5 strangers in their care. Andrew also did an excellent job of monitoring how we each were doing, and assisting us only when necessary or requested. Not only that, but it turned out he had been taking fantastic photos for us the entire time, sharing them with us on Monday at our debrief. Our group is collecting all our photos into a single dropbox, which I may be able to share with their permissions. I've been enthralled by mountaineering for quite some time now, but as a freshwater paddler from Ontario - the mountains have otherwise been inaccessible to me for lack of experience and skill. I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity this past weekend to begin to build the foundation I need to explore these places with as minimal risk as possible.Jonathan Horvatin, Victoria, BC
I had a blast learning these important mountain skills. I can't wait to get back out again.Matthew Lettington, Nanaimo, BC.