Alpine Skills for Advanced Mountain Running

Join veteran mountain runners and Arc’teryx Athletes Adam Campbell and Eric Carter to cover the crossover from mountain running to lightweight alpine climbing. You will cover gear required, mountain movement, basic roped progression, rappel anchors, route planning, selection and considerations, weather reading, and hazard assessment. Your day will be spent on terrain with a small pocket-glacier and is classically considered an introductory alpine route.

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$155.00

  • Intermediate/advanced clinic. Extensive previous alpine running experience is required. Participants in this clinic should have:

    • Ability to run uphill and downhill with up to 1500m gain
    • Ability to run for 5 hours straight on technical terrain
    • Comfortable with exposed scrambling

  • Are you a mountain runner who wants to crossover into more fast and light alpine travel?

    We will cover the crossover from mountain running to lightweight alpine climbing including the gear required, mountain movement, basic roped progression, rappel anchors, route planning, selection and considerations, weather reading and hazard assessment.

  • The Alpine Skills for Advanced Mountain Running Clinic will be held in the alpine areas surrounding Sky Pilot mountain, above the Sea to Sky Gondola. The team will meet with their Guide/Athlete at the Sea to Sky Gondola and use the gondola for access. The Sea to Sky Gondola is located about 5 minutes south of Squamish on Highway 99, see a Google Maps link here - Sea to Sky Gondola

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  • The Arc'teryx Climbing Academy Alpine Skills for Advanced Mountain Running Clinic starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 28th. The team will meet with their Guide/Athlete at the Sea to Sky Gondola to prepare for the day. The Sea to Sky Gondola is located about 5 minutes south of Squamish on Highway 99, see a Google Maps link here - Sea to Sky Gondola

    The Sea to Sky Gondola fees are not included in the Clinic cost and must be pre-purchased online at Sea to Sky Gondola lift tickets if you do not have a pass already.

    After a morning meeting and gear check, you will load the Gondola when it opens at 9:00 am. From the top of the Gondola, the approach to the Sky Pilot region is about 2 hours. You will spend the day in the alpine region on and around Sky Pilot.

    The Alpine Skills for Advanced Mountain Running Clinic will run until approximately 6 pm.

  • Clinics will proceed regardless of weather, so every participant should be prepared for a full day outdoors in any/all conditions.

    The gear list for your Advanced Alpine Running Clinic is included below. This list will help you prepare for your clinic, please contact the Canada West Mountain School office if you have any questions.

    Arc'teryx also provides a great online Virtual Advisor service to assist in preparing for your clinic and any other adventures - Arc’teryx Virtual Advisors. Book your 15 or 30 minutes chat with an Arc’teryx product guide to ensure you have all the right gear to keep you comfortable and protected – whatever the weather.

      Personal Equipment required for Advanced Alpine Running Clinic
    • Footwear: Trail running shoes
    • Running pack: big enough to hold all your gear, water, food, plus some extra ropes and equipment
    • Outer layer rain jacket: lightweight rain jacket, the weather can change quickly!
    • Comfortable active-wear: clothing suitable for alpine running and climbing in a variety of weather conditions. Check forecast before you go!
    • Small puffy jacket or sweater: it can be cool on the ridgecrests and in the wind
    • Sunscreen: minimum recommended is 30 SPF
    • Insect repellent: (optional) keep separately in a Ziploc bag as it will damage ropes and synthetic materials
    • Personal Emergency kit: small kit with emergency blanket, whistle, headlamp w/ fresh batteries, etc.
    • Drink bottles: minimum 1 litre or more, no water is available in the climbing areas
    • Food/snacks: food that is easy to snack on while on the move, enough for 5-6 hours of moving
    • Sunglasses: ideally with full wrap to provide good coverage on snow in the alpine
    • Hiking poles: collapsible poles for the approach and descent, ideally able to store in your pack.

      Minimum Technical Equipment for Alpine Running
    • Trail Crampons: for crossing snow and glacier sections
    • Climbing harness: rentals available with minimum 24 hrs notice*
    • Helmet: rentals available with minimum 24 hrs notice*
    • 3 locking carabiners: rentals available with minimum 24 hrs notice*
    • 1 belay device: rentals available with minimum 24 hrs notice*
    • 1x 120+ cm sewn sling or other safety tether/leash/PAS: rentals available with minimum 24 hrs notice*

      Optional items
    • GPS watch
    • Ice axe
    • Rappel device
    • Prussik cord (7-8mm)
    • Smartphone

    Rentals
    (*) Starred items may be rented from Canada West Mountain School with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Please contact our office support staff directly by e-mail at - info@themountainschool.com, with "Academy Clinic Gear Rentals" in the Subject line. Each item is $5/day, or $15/day for a complete kit (includes all starred items).

  • What you will learn
    During the Alpine Skills for Advanced Mountain Running Climbing Academy Clinic you will cover a variety of skills and techniques through a combination of demonstrations led by clinic Athletes and Guides; hands-on practical application; and, engaging and informative Q&A sessions throughout the day.

    Participants will have ample opportunity to practice new skills and techniques as well as engage directly with the clinic Athletes and Guides. Specific skills and techniques covered include:

    • Gear required
    • Mountain movement
    • Basic roped progression
    • Rappel anchors
    • Route planning, selection and considerations
    • Weather reading
    • Hazard assessment