Island Alpine Guides - Courses > Climbing

By: Island Alpine Guides  09-12-2011
Keywords: Skills Training

Intro to Rock

Experience rock climbing in a fun and safe environment. On day one develop your movement skills on rock, belaying, rappelling and simple anchor building. On day two we take it to the next level with the building of complex anchors, using removable protection and advanced movement skills. On completion of this course you’ll feel comfortable going top-roped climbing on your own.

Mountain Skills Fly-in

This course is identical to our Complete Mountaineering Skills Course, but with a helicopter to whisk you straight into the "alpine classroom" it becomes possible to cover the same curriculum in just three days. The IAG Introduction to Rock Climbing Course or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals are recommended but not essential.

Learn To Lead

When you have done enough top roped climbing that you feel ready to start lead climbing there is no better way to get into leading safely than to learn correct techniques from the start. Our two day learn to lead course covers everything you need to know to lead safe pitches from placement of protection and planning your ascents to station management and even some self rescue techniques. Even if you have started lead climbing already, instruction from qualified guides will get you leading in a consistent, safe and confidence inspiring manner.

3 Day Alpine Skills

This shorter version of our mountain skills training takes advantage of quick access into alpine terrain to give an action packed long week end course. On the first day hike in, make camp and head straight for the snow to start training in snow climbing, anchors, belaying etc. The second day is a full day of training in climbing and glacier travel. Day three sees us putting it all together using the skills we have learned to climb to the summit. Descend to break camp and walk out after the climb. IAG Intro Rock recommended but not essential.

Crevasse Rescue

Get ready for the summer mountaineering season with a focused day of crevasse rescue training. We can accommodate participants with experience or without so the course can act as an introduction to these skills or as a refresher. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete mountain skills course and that it focuses just on technical systems for crevasse rescue. If you are new to travel over technical terrain in the mountains, one of our mountain skills courses which includes crevasse rescue amongst many other skills, may be more appropriate.

Tantalus Mountain Skills

If you have training and/or experience in basic mountain skills and are looking to take it to the next level, join us on a three day course in the spectacular Tantalus Range. A short helicopter trip from Squamish drops us in the amazing Serratus/Dione Col, the site of the ACC Jim Haberl Hut. The hut makes for a comfortable stay while we spend three intensive days learning skills and putting them to use on some of the many challenging objectives near the hut.

Rock Refresher

This one day course is perfect for those who have taken a rock climbing course before or have some rock climbing experience and are keen to refresh skills and "tighten up" their safety systems. The emphasis in this day is on technical systems (anchors, belaying, rappelling etc.) to make sure that when you go out there you are doing things the right way to make rock climbing as safe as it should be. This day is also well suited to those that want to take one of our mountaineering courses and need to review the fundamentals of rope systems but do not want to invest two days into rock climbing on our introduction to rock climbing course.

Rock Rescue

Imagine yourself belaying a partner on a climb when a mishap befalls them and they are hanging on the other end of the rope with you stuck on belay and unable to do anything. If you do any multi pitch climbing, whether as a leader or a follower, in reality you could find yourself in this situation. If having the skills to manage these situations is of interest to you then our two day rock rescue course is exactly what you need. On day one we cover all the basics of improvised self rescue from rescue anchors and station management to blocking and escaping belays. On day two we move on to raising and lowering systems and depending on what time and group experience allow we may deal with more complicated scenarios with multiple lowers, rappels with victims, passing knots, rope ascending and other techniques used in multi pitch rescue. Go to to see the story that Chek News did about our rock rescue courses.

Complete Mountain Skills

On this five day course you will learn all of the basics of mountaineering from movement on snow, rock and ice to anchoring and belaying in all these mediums, glacier travel, route finding and much more. The IAG Introduction to Rock Climbing Course or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals are recommended but not essential.

Keywords: Skills Training

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