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Name: Intro to Basic Mountaineering
Starts: Sat Jul 31, 2021
Return: Sun Aug 01, 2021

Registration opens: Thu Jul 08, 2021
Event category: Guided Instruction
Difficulty grade: B4  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 4

Organizer: MountainSkills AcademyAdventures
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Participant Information

***COVID19 Guidelines Compliance:  Participants MUST read and comply with BCMC Guidelines attached in the Trip Planning Forum, confirm both at time of sign up, and day of event  - they have completed the  BC Covid-19 Symptom Self Assessment Tool questionnaire at time of registration. ***

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Once complete, email screen shot to organizer. 

This course is taught by Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures by a professional ACMG certified guide. MSAA is offering a special price for BCMC members of $373.15+ GST (usual price $439.00). 



Develop your "Mountaineering Skills" with the Sea to Sky's leading mountain school. Obtain the complete required skill set & implementation through expert certified guides and our carefully crafted curriculum. Est. 1991 - Trip Advisor; Hall of Fame status,  beloved and trusted by BCMC members!

Course Details:

in this course, you will learn the basic mountaineering skills needed to safely climb a snow and ice peak.


On day one we will focus on skill development and on day 2 we will put your skills to use by climbing on a snow and ice alpine peak.


Course Location: Whister Blackcomb. The Whistler Alpine hosts a world-class learning environment easily accessible by the lift system. This allows us to cut out the approach time and maximize learning over the two days of this course.


Although not a prerequisite, it is highly recommended that participants take a Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel course prior to taking this course as most peaks require a glacier approach.




Course Location: Both days of this course will be run on Whister Blackcomb. *A lift ticket will be required for both days (this can be purchased through MSAA).


Day 1: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will have everyone sign a waiver, before performing a gear check, having a safety discussion and giving a brief overview of the course. The group will then use the Whistler Blackcomb lift system to access the best learning environment in the Coast Mountains.


Day 2: The meeting time will be determined at the end of Day 1.


Each day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a course debrief and a discussion of what the next steps will be for students.


Gear List:


We recommend the following:


• Head lamp with extra batteries

• Soft shell type climbing pants

• Insulating top and bottom under-layers and socks

• Synthetic or wool t-shirt

• Mid layer fleece top

• Weatherproof shell jacket

• Down or synthetic insulated “puffy” jacket

• Warm hat and ballcap

• Warm mountain or ice climbing gloves

• Light gloves

• Sunglasses and sunscreen

• Daypack 35-45 L

• Camera

• A hiking pole is recommended

• Equipment

• Mountaineering boots

• Harness

• Helmet

• Mountaineering axe

• Crampons

• Belay device


If you have taken a crevasse rescue course, bring your crevasse rescue equipment


If you own your own climbing gear we highly recommend that you use it as it is best to be familiar with your own equipment. Please let us know when you register.




Day 1:

• Mountain Environment & Mountain Conditions

• Use of Ice Axes, chopping steps, piolet traction position, ice climbing, down climbing and dealing with low angled ice or steep

• Crevasse rescue review

• Situational awareness

• Mock Alpine steep snow & Ice climbing technique

• The mountain environment - risk and hazard management


Day 2:

• Put skills into practice

• Students share leads with direct supervision




Click HERE for the full curriculum




On-line Registration process:

(1) Click “Join this trip” on the left hand side of the page. You will be added to the Waiting List

(2) Once on the Waiting List you will have access to the Course Online Payment on the left side of the page where you will find the promo code. Complete your payment directly with MSAA HERE  using the promo code. Be sure to select the right date in the drop down menu. You will receive a confirmation email from MSAA once your payment is completed.

(3) Forward your confirmation email to courses@bcmc.ca. You will then be added to the Confirmed List.

(4) Keep an eye on your email for further logistic details.

Please use the BCMC covid guidline for transporation. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact MSAA at +1 (604) 938-9242 or Oudi at courses@bcmc.ca.

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