Intro to Mountaineering Course

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

3 Days | Grade/Difficulty
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From CAD $550.00
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Meeting in Whistler

Intro to Mountaineering Course Trip Overview

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.

Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 2 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us

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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!


Intro to Mountaineering Course Itinerary

This plan is subject to change.

Day Activity
  • Meet in Whistler and arrange car-pooling
  • Gear Check
  • Drive to trail
  • Hike to camp
  • Skills introduction & practice
  • Supper & Enjoy the evening out in the alpine!
  • Breakfast
  • Skills practice
  • Optional summit
  • Supper & Enjoy the evening out in the alpine!
  • Breakfast
  • Skills practice/Review
  • Pack up and hike out
  • Return to drop off location

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, however, 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!

Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • One professional & experienced guide
  • Insurance for the guide
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for the guide
  • Food while on trip
  • Camping equipment
  • Rental of sleeping bag and Thermarest/sleeping pad, if required
  • Rental of any mountaineering equipment
  • Travel to and from the trip location (car sharing can be organized)
  • Your personal insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. if we stop for coffee on route to the trip
  • Personal trip equipment e.g. clothing, rucksack


Camping on or below the glacier (2 nights).

Please bring your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad/Thermarest. If you are unable to bring your own, please contact us and we can arrange a rental.

Additional Information

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.

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