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Trip Information
Name: Intro to Alpine Rock
Starts: Sat Aug 26, 2023
Return: Sun Aug 27, 2023

Registration opens: Tue Jan 31, 2023
Event category: Guided Instruction
Difficulty grade: B4  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 6

Organizer: MountainSkills AcademyAdventures
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Participant Information

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). 

Don't forget that all Active BCMC Member receive a 15% Discount on ALL MSAA Courses. To receive the discount please contact our office at info@msaa.ca with your valid membership number.  

Develop your "Alpine Rock 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:

This is the industry's premiere Intro to Alpine Rock course, providing the critical skills required to safely and efficiently climb alpine rock.

Alpine rock often involves easy to moderate, yet complicated approaches, climbing and descents. This can include glacier travel, rappels, tricky route finding and managing many transitions. Unless techniques are otherwise learned, transitions complicate matters as terrain on a typical route involves everything from exposed ridge walking, to scrambling, to both short and full pitch rock climbing, all of it most likely in boots and with a glacier travel approach. As well, the normal mountain hazards are present and need to be mitigated.

The key to alpine rock success is recognizing and managing the above mentioned in a safe, efficient and timely manner. This is what participants will learn from MSAA’s expert ACMG guides and our industry leading curriculum on this 2-day Alpine Rock course.


Course Location: Day 2 of this course will be run on Whister Blackcomb. *A lift ticket will be required for this day (this can be purchased through MSAA).


Day 1: Meet the guide at 8:30am at a predetermined location. 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.


Day 2: Meet the guide at 8:30am The guide will discuss the weather and conditions with the group and perform a gear check, and discuss the days objective. Student will then take the Whistler Blackcomb Lifts to access the alpine environment


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:


A full gear list will be sent out to the participants after booking.



Day 1:

• Trip Planning: Weather, Conditions, Hazards - mitigation

• Environmental and route condition/changes

• Discussion on approach containing glaciers & snow slopes

• Use of Terrain Belays, Body Belays and Gear Belays in alpine rock terrain

• The Art of Efficient Alpine Transitions

• Alpine rock climbing technique with alpine boots

• Alpine rock route rappelling/lowers

• Choosing an appropriate alpine rock route

• Assignment: Next days route and trip plan

Day 2:

• Approach a moderate alpine rock objective:


The goal of this day is to put into practice the alpine rock skills. We choose terrain will that maximizes skill application and terrain transition management. According to a participant's comfort, ability, age, experience and under the supervision and leadership of the guide, participants may lead portions of the ascent.




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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