The shorter version of our mountain skills training takes advantage of quick access into alpine terrain to give an action-packed long weekend course. On the first day we head straight for the snow to start training in snow climbing, anchors, and belaying. The second day is a full day of training in glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Day three sees us putting it all together using the skills we have learned to complete a mountain journey and perhaps climb a summit.
This course typically takes place either at Mount Cain or Mount Arrowsmith depending on conditions.
Our Intro to Rock or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals are recommended but not essential.
Please note that this course typically runs during May-June when conditions are more likely to be optimal for teaching the curriculum effectively.
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
- Group technical gear
- Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, carabiners, belay devices, climbing shoes)
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to and from the meeting point
- 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.
Mountaineering Kit $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.
- 3 Day Alpine Skills (pdf)
$595.00 / person(at 5:1 ratio)
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.