This course was designed by women for women. Suitable for beginner- to intermediate-level hikers, we will explore an iconic Vancouver Island summit while advancing confidence and competency in backcountry skills. Participants will hone their ability to plan, prepare and pursue future adventures ranging from alpine day trips to multi-week expeditions.

This trip will run over 3 days and 2 nights. A 90-minute virtual pre-trip planning meeting will be scheduled prior to the start of the course. Location will be determined based on mountain conditions at the time of the course.


This course is suitable for beginners and intermediates. To safely partake, you should be comfortable travelling uphill, covering up to 700 metres of vertical gain while carrying a load of approximately 30 lbs.


  • Trip planning
  • Camp craft
  • Navigation and route finding
  • Leave no Trace
  • Backcountry hygiene and safety
  • Wildlife
  • Trail etiquette and techniques

Please see the pre-trip information package for details.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

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:

  • An evening of virtual instruction
  • 3-days of instruction with a qualified guide

Not included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Equipment


  • Camp Kit $45.00

    Includes a 3-season tent and a sleeping mat.

  • Cook Kit $50.00

    Includes a camp stove, fuel and a pot.

  • Navigation Kit $10.00

    Includes a map and compass

  • Jun 10 - 12, 20224 spots available.$595.00 Book Trip
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  • Aug 5 - 7, 20224 spots available.$595.00 Book Trip
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I have to say I absolutely loved the Women's Backcountry Skills! It was probably one of the most amazing things I've ever done. It was both mentally and physically challenging and very informative for someone new to this kind of thing. Sofia was a great guide and we really enjoyed her company and appreciated all of her knowledge! We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Jen Wynia,