Packed Alpinism

Packed Alpinism

A full week of training and instruction, from the basics to advanced techniques with expert Alpinists. This is our longest alpine course and the best way to begin mountaineering and alpine climbing. No experience required.


This course for beginners is the best way to get your start climbing. We do it all on this course and usually get 2-3 summits.


The course starts with a day of rockclimbing in Squamish and then we spend the next 6 days in the alpine!


Topics include: Rock climbing technique, belay techniques, basic knots, rock/snow/ice anchor construction, protection placement and removal, rappelling, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, alpine hazard avoidance, ice/snow climbing techniques, navigation and route finding, alpine systems to increase speed, food selection/prep, and trip planning.

Client to guide ratios are 4:1 or less.


2019 Dates

June 16th-22nd. July 14th-20th. 

Contact us for custom dates.


$1450 per person


Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet in Squamish

Go rockclimbing

Learn basic knots, belay techniques, protection placement and removal, rappelling and crack climbing techniques

Food selection and purchase food for the mountains

Day 2 - Drive and hike into the mountains

Establish camp


Learn navigation, glacier travel theory, roping for glacier travel

Day 3 - Learn ice axe and crampon use, snow/ice anchor construction, crevasse rescue, ice/snow climbing techniques, self arrest and glissading

Day 4 - Attempt a summit involving glacier travel and snow/rock climbing

Day 5 - Go ice climbing, learn advanced rescue techniques and review crevasse rescue/rope ascending


Day 6 - Attempt a summit involving glacier travel and snow/rock climbing

Day 7 - Review and course close

Break camp

Hike out and drive home

What’s Included:

  • Technical climbing equipment (eg. harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe, rock shoes, carabiners, ropes, rack, first aid and rescue equipment)

  • Guide’s Fees

What’s not Included:

  • Transport to or accommodation in Squamish BC, for information about arranging transport/accoms click here.

  • Personal mountain equipment (eg. mountain boots, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, tent, headlamp, clothing etc.)

  • Food and fuel

  • Transport Squamish to the alpine, participants typically carpool and split gas

  • Any hut fees or camping fees depending on location, typically courses are run in areas where camping is free