Intro to Mountaineering Course

Learn the fundamentals of mountaineering from an experienced guide, surrounded by beautiful BC mountains

Duration 3 days Climbing
Time of Year
Time of year July - September
Total distance approx 15km
Group Size
Group size 3 - 6 Guests
Difficulty Challenging
Meeting Location
Meeting in Whistler

Trip Highlights

  • Lear mountaineering skills from a professional guide
  • Practice valuable glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills
  • Meet like-minded adventurers
  • Explore beautiful glaciers in the Sea to Sky
  • Lear how to plan your own mountaineering trips

Learn the basics of mountaineering on one of the many distinct and beautiful glaciers in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia. Whether you’re a keen hiker looking to get further into the backcountry, or a climber who wants to reach new heights, this course will teach you the relevant skills to stay safe in the mountains.

Hike into the hills with an experienced guide and learn how to travel through alpine and glaciated terrain. Spend 2 nights camping in the alpine and explore the surrounding area. Gain valuable skills in mountain travel and an appreciation for the landscape. There will be an option to climb a nearby peak to practice these new skills.

This course is ideal for those who are looking to take their adventures to the next level and explore deeper into the mountains. The skills learned will form the basis of any mountaineering objectives you may have, and can be applied anywhere in the world. 

The intro to mountaineering course is designed with ample time to put the learned skills into practice. There are numerous mountain objectives in the area which require a range of skills including steep snow and ice, glaciers, scrambling on rock, rappelling, etc. We will camp close to the glacier so we can quickly and easily get into challenging terrain.

While the majority of the time is spent learning and practicing practical skills on the glacier, there are also theory lessons in geology & glaciology, route selection, navigation, leadership and emergency response.

The skills learned on the intro to mountaineering course will help you to go on to climb difficult rock and ice routes in the BC mountains, explore deep into the wilderness, or even take on expeditions in the higher ranges. Learn the ropes with Outdoor Explore this summer.

Lessons included in this course:

  • Glacial Travel and crevasse rescue basics
  • Rope fundamentals/travelling roped up
  • Using an ice axe and self arrest
  • Steep Snow Travel and basics of ice climbing
  • Hazard Identification & awareness
  • Creating anchors & belays
  • Observe geological processes of the area
  • Learn skills from an experienced guide
  • Enjoy the beauty of glaciated terrain in the BC mountains!

Pricing Per Person

1 - 3 Guests
4+ Guests

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What our customers say about Outdoor Explore guided adventures

Always good fun out with the Outdoor Explore team. First time out with these guys I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep up, but they helped make me feel comfortable and safe the whole time. Solid, confident, and proficient guides. Amazing way to visit the outdoors, seeing places that would be hard to access alone....

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Trip details


Day 1

  • Meet in Whistler and arrange car-pooling
  • Gear Check
  • Drive to trailhead
  • Hike to camp
  • Skills introduction & practice
  • Supper & Enjoy the evening out in the alpine!

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Skills practice
  • Optional summit
  • Supper & Enjoy the evening out in the alpine!

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Skills practice/Review
  • Pack up and hike out
  • Return to drop off location

Itinerary Disclaimer
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!


Please bring your own breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Enough to cover the whole trip with some to spare, just in case.


Please bring your own tent. Tents can be rented from us - please contact us before the trip to arrange a rental. Tent-sharing can be arranged with other participants.

Price Includes/Excludes
Price Includes
  • One experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • 3 days of mountaineering tuition
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)
  • Group climbing gear (ropes, ice screws, snow pickets)
Price Excludes
  • Tipping for the guide
  • Transport to and from the trip location (ride sharing can be arranged)
  • Your food while on the trip
  • Your personal clothing and equipment. See packing list above
  • Your personal camping equipment including tent, stove, gas, etc.
  • Your personal travel/cancellation insurance
  • Any rental equipment, if applicable (e.g. sleeping bags, ice axe)

Check your crampon compatibility with you boots before you set out!

Bring extra gloves

Bring sunglasses that wrap around the sides of your eyes/cover more of your eyes than flat lenses. The sun and reflection on the snow is bright!

Select an appropriate ice axe for your height. Technical climbing axes are not ideal for most glacier travel.


We're happy to answer any questions you have about this trip. Give us a call or drop us an email.

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