This early season Mountaineering Skills refresher will get you out under the guidance of one of our Mountaineering instructors and review many of the essential and advanced skills for safe mountain travel. Ice axe self-arrests, crevasse rescue skills, steep snow climbing and alpine rope techniques are all covered in this intensive one-day field session. This course also offers you an opportunity to question your instructor on many different aspects of mountaineering that you may want to brush up on!
This one-day practical Mountaineering Skills refresher course will help you to review and refine your essential mountaineering skills before the summer mountaineering season begins.
Skills and techniques covered in this practical, hands-on training day include:
- steep snow climbing
- crevasse rescue systems
- self arrests
- snow, rock and ice Anchor construction
- rope management for snow and glacier travel
The Mountaineering Refresher course is held in one of a few different locations. These locations are preferred for the ease of access to good training sites with alpine-style conditions:
- Mt Seymour above North Vancouver
- Garibaldi Park behind Whistler/Blackcomb
- Sky Pilot region above Squamish
The specific course site/location will be decided a few days prior to the course date, based on current conditions and weather. Due to the Sky Pilot and Whistler/Blackcomb locations requiring added fees for lift access, Mt Seymour is the usual training location.
Each of our Alpine and Mountaineering programs are taught by some of the best climbers and Guides in Canada. All are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and each one has a passion for teaching that will inspire you in your climbing pursuits.
Visit Guides and Instructors Page for complete details and background on each of our Guide Team.
The Mountaineering Refresher course is a 1-day program. The course will begin at 8 am at the pre-arranged location and will finish at approximately 5 pm.
Your course will start with a brief morning meeting for introductions, to discuss Objectives, review gear, and plan the day's activities. After this pre-trip session, you will hike to the alpine training site and spend the day learning, reviewing, and practicing a variety of mountaineering skills and techniques including:
- Steep snow climbing
- Crevasse rescue systems
- Self arrests
- Snow, Rock, and Ice Anchor construction
- Rope management for snow and glacier travel
- Here is a link to the Gear List - Mountaineering day-trip Gear List
You will be working in and on snow, so it is important to have proper boots suitable for snow travel. Boots also must be appropriate for use with general mountaineering-style crampons.
You should always plan for the worst which includes temperatures of close to freezing or slightly below at night, and possible precipitation of rain and/or wet snow each day. Please ensure your clothing and gear is suitable for these conditions.
Technical gear is listed on the Gear list. Students are asked to supply their own basic slings and cords, as these items may experience wear on each course. These items are available at outdoor stores such as MEC. All other technical gear can be supplied if requested in advance (with the exception of Crampons).
Questions about the Mountaineering Refresher course
Complete the required Waiver and Medical disclosure form in advance of the field session. Click on the link and navigate to your specific course and date:
- Canada West Mountain School Waiver and Medical disclosure form
Review the CWMS cancelation and transfer policy:
- Canada West Mountain School Refund/transfer Policy