$595.00 / person(at 5:1 ratio)
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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.
- Snow step and ice axe technique
- Snow anchors
- Roped glacier travel
- Crevasse rescue
- End roping and short roping
- Route selection
- And more if time allows
- 3-days of instruction with an ACMG guide
- Group technical gear
- Transportation to and from the meeting point
- Personal equipment
- Personal technical gear (available as add on, see Gear List tab)
- Volunteer-run ski hill located 20 km from Woss
- Washroom facilities available
- No potable water (bring what you require)
- Parking lot is used for car camping, so feel free to bring a few luxuries if camping (there may be other groups using this area, so please be respectful of others by keeping the noise to a minimum and packing out what you pack in)
Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details, or send us an email.
- Have hiking experience
- Have taken Intro to Rock or have equivalent experience (preferred but not essential, see pre-course homework below)
- Be comfortable spending time outside in variable conditions
- Travel uphill, covering up to 600 metres of vertical gain while carrying a load of approximately 20 lbs
Please ensure you are comfortable with the following basic knots:
- Figure 8 follow-through
- Figure 8 on a bight
- Double overhand
- Double fisherman’s
- Clove hitch
- Munter hitch
Please ensure that all gear is functioning and in good repair. Temperatures encountered on this trip typically can range from -5°C at night to the 20s during the day, but this will depend on the time of year your trip is held.
- Helmet – UIAA approved and adjustable
- 3x locking carabiners – at least one should be pear-shaped
- 3x regular carabiners
- Harness – a simple, lightweight alpine seat harness
- Belay/rappel device
- 7mm accessory cord – 2 x 5 metre lengths, 1 x 1.5m length
- Double shoulder length (120cm) sewn sling – should be rated to 22kn
- Crampons – simple, 10-point general mountaineering crampon (either step-in or strap- on are fine depending on your boots)
- Ice axe – general mountaineering tool, 50-80cm depending on your height
- Long underwear (top and bottom) — wool or polypropylene
- Mid-weight soft-shell jacket — down, wool, fleece or synthetic
- Insulated jacket - down or synthetic
- Waterproof shells (jacket and pants) — especially necessary for practicing self-arrests
- T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt – white cotton can be excellent for cooling and sun protection during the height of summer
- Hiking pants – nylon or similar
- 2x Gloves — one lightweight, one warmer
- Mountaineering boots — stiff, with a sharp cutting edge on the sole to effectively kick steps in snow
- Gaiters — optional if pants stay over boots with elastic cuff
- Warm socks — wool or synthetic blend
- Sock liners (optional) — silk or polypropylene
- Tent - 3 season
- Sleeping bag —At a minimum please bring something warm to -5 (recommended warmth rating will depend on the conditions at the time of your course)
- Sleeping pad
- Camp stove, fuel and pot
- Eating vessels and utensils
- Food - 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches (pre-prepared and easy to consume on the go), 2 dinners, and whatever snacks you require. For tasty, nutritous and locally pre-made meals check out https://wildedgeketo.com/.
- Water Reservoir – there is no potable water at Mount Cain, so please bring whatever water you will require for the duration of the trip.
- 30L+ day pack (with waist belt) — big enough to carry your rain gear, fleece, water, lunch, and some of the group technical gear and ropes
- Sun hat
- Sunglasses with 100% UV block
- 2 x 1 litre water bottles
- Camera (optional)
- Head-lamp with spare batteries
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Pocket knife
- Small personal first aid kit (blister supplies, bandaids, personal meds)
- Reading material (optional)
- Feminine hygiene supplies (if needed)
- Spare prescription glasses (a good idea as back-up for contact lenses)
- Technical Gear: All items on our technical gear list can be purchased as a “Mountaineering Kit” add on when you book. This includes items on technical gear list, and available for $45 ($15/ day).
- Mountaineering boots: If you require mountaineering boots or other items from our gear list, we recommend that you check out Sports Rent based out of Victoria: sportsrentbc.ca
Great curriculum and course organization with the perfect amount of theory and practical skills training. Jan is an amazing instructor with a incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from.Martin Kluemper, Mount Cain
Thanks for the fun time, and special shout out to Helene for being such a great instructor!Anon. ,
We had an amazing climb. Can't recommend Chris enough, he's a terrific teacher and gave us excellent route beta for future objectives.Richard G. ,
I can't wait to get out again! It was an incredible course and I am so glad to have taken it, definitely ignited something.Anna Clark, Victoria, BC.
Thank you for a great weekend, and a great introduction to mountaineering. I learned some essential skills, and gained a much better understanding of my own comfort zone and how to expand it. I am really keen to get out there and do just that. I will be in touch with questions from time to time, and will certainly take another course with IAG. Thanks again.Daniel Sunter, Victoria, BC.
The course was fantastic. I learned quite a bit and am keen to get into the mountains more, particularly to try some more ice climbing. Lyle was a great guide, he has a good depth of knowledge and teaches it well. I look forward to taking more courses with IAG.Micheal Nesbitt, Comox, BC.
I took the 3 day Alpine Skills course with Lyle Fast on April 16th-18th. It was fantastic. Lyle was tremendously resourceful, knowledgable, and most importantly... safe. We all learned loads of information on a wide variety of subjects designed to keep us safe. I could not have asked for a better guide!Chris Dimoff, Victoria, BC.