Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions that we get regarding our trips.  Although the list of questions may not include every single question, it definity will give you some good information. From time to time we do miss things, so feel free to email us if you get lost!

 

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For the most part, most people of generally good fitness can book these trips or courses.

The courses pages generally will give you an idea of what previous experience you need.

The best thing is to get in touch with us directly and we can talk about the fitness and/or the skill set/background you might need.

We use an encrypted external payment system called Bookwhen which is 100% secure. You can use your credit card with this system.  You can pay us with your PayPal account as well if you prefer.

If you are Canadian, Etransfer is quick, simple and free.  We typically require a 50% deposit at time of booking and require full payment 30 days before the course or trip.

Every trip is different but if you are signed up for a course, we will send a confirmation email typically along with a comprehensive equipment list to ensure you have what you need.

If you are booking a private trip, one of us will call or email you and we will go over logistics along with a gear and clothing list.

This will depend on the kind of trip you are doing, rock climbing in the valley bottom is profoundly different than alpine climbing above 2700 meters above sea level, even in July.

For climbing courses in summer there will be a gear list for each course that includes clothing and for winter trips such as an AST course there will be a gear list and clothing list as well.

Think base layer, mid layers, outer shells for the wind and precipitation as well as what you should have on your head. Eyewear is crucial as well, good quality sunglasses are key.

It will depend on the program but for the entry level climbers we provide helmets, harnesses, chalk bags and belay devices.

We don’t have a fleet of rock shoes but they can rented at Gear Up Sports. for $8.00 per day.

For backcountry ski trips, you can also rent all your ski touring equipment at Gear Up as well as ice climbing equipment.

Yes. I use Avalanche Canada’s Mountain Weather Forecast to start with to get an overview of the big weather picture and then work my way down in scale.

Some of the other useful sites are Spot Wx

As well as Windy

And this one from Norway YR

The weather is obviously something beyond our control. If it is raining or too windy or too cold there is nothing we can do to change that and it can make things uncomfortable or downright dangerous.

In the world of mountain guiding we remain flexible and positive and we do some other objective or activity that makes sense based on the weather and conditions.

If the weather is terrible and we get skunked then we try to reschedule if possible or give you a rain check for another day.

Do your best to contact us as soon as you can to let us know and we will try to make arrangements to accommodate you or find alternative dates at a later time to do it.  It is best to purchase trip cancellation insurance and their are many insurance companies that provide this service.  Check the Alpine Club of Canada’s trip cancellation insurance option