Aug 21, 2016

Slabadabadoo! AD, 5.7, 350m, Drinnan Slabs

Slabadabadoo is a very fun slab climb on good rock in a beautiful alpine setting. It is located in the center of the Drinnan Slab at the headwaters of Hoder Creek in the Southwest corner of Valhalla Provincial Park. The Southwest facing slab can easily be accessed via the Drinnan Pass trail. The route is a mixed bolt/trad protected climb composed of 8 x 50m pitches with bolted anchors.

Jul 25, 2016

Whitewater Rocks

Whitewater Ski Resort is well known for its advanced ski terrain and fantastic backcountry skiing. Despite being easily accessible from Nelson, summer opportunities are little known; they include off-trail hiking, ridge walks, peak scrambles and, now, alpine rock climbing. Since 2010, David has spent numerous days developing a collection of climbs with various partners in the shadow of Ymir Peak. These efforts resulted in the creation of several 2-4 pitch climbs scattered over various rock walls between Half Dome and Ymir Peak.

Jul 24, 2013

The Valhalla Guidebook Project

Cameron Shute and I are pleased to announce that we are embarking on a Valhalla guidebook project. After much consideration we have decided to take on the task of writing and publishing a modern guidebook dedicated exclusively to the Valhalla mountain range. We are planning to work extensively on this project over the next two years and hope it will be completed and available for the public by the spring of 2015.

May 27, 2013

Winter 2013 Highlights

Winter 2013 was excellent, the ski season started off very strong and snow kept coming in dribs and drabs for most of the winter. SMG had a successful season running ski touring programs, avalanche courses and even a few ice climbing courses. This blog is a photo compilation of the winters highlights, enjoy and feel free to comment! Thanks to all who contributing to making the winter fun & safe!

Aug 25, 2012

Earl Grey Pass, Purcell Wilderness Conservancy

A group of four traveled from east to west and completed the Earl Grey Pass traverse in five days. As they may have been the first folks over the pass this year here is updated trail information and hiking beta with more photos and story to follow...

Jun 03, 2012

The South Ridge of Gimli Peak; Ascent into History

This is the story about the south ridge of Gimli as it will appear in the upcoming "Alpine Canada Book Project", a promising coffee table book highlighting some the best alpine climbing areas in Canada. It is the story of my first experience climbing this iconic peak which began my fascination and love of climbing alpine rock in the Valhalla’s. It is a fun story supplemented by some local climbing history, enjoy!

Mar 25, 2012

Spring Break Hikes in Joshua Tree, CA

As a family this spring March break, we headed down south for nine days, joining two other families with young kids. Wander through the dry Mojave desert of Joshua Tree National and learn about the array of walks and incredible desert ecology.

Nov 21, 2011

Winter 2012 Newsletter

Winter 2012 is off to a strong start here in British Columbia! This year we have a great program line up with scheduled trips in Western Canada and Europe. Click here and enjoy SMG's Winter 2012 newsletter. We look forward to skiing and climbing with you...

Nov 04, 2011

Local Poster - Winter 2012

We have just finished our poster highlighting some exciting local and not so local winter programs for 2012. Click here to see the poster.

Sep 15, 2011

Étoile Filante IV 5.11c, 300m, South face of Asgard peak, Valhallas

Cam Shute and I returned to beautiful Mulvey Basin in Valhalla Provincial Park this past July and completed a new route on the South Face of Asgard Peak. Our cumulative efforts spread over two years along with an evolving vision resulted in a new independent line on the right side of the South Face. Click here for more info.

Jun 18, 2011

Chamonix Alpine

We started The 2011 alpine guiding season in Chamonix this year. David is back in the Alps working on Mont Blanc ascents, classic alpine mix routes and teaching mountaineering. If you happen to be in the area, he is still available most week-ends till July 10th. Click here for photos and more info.

Apr 11, 2011

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Winter 2011 has been amazing and will stand out as one of the best! We have enjoyed a full season of daily guided ski tours, classic traverses and avalanche courses. David is heading over to the Alps soon for our Spring ski touring progams Click here and enjoy SMG's Spring 2011 newsletter!

Jan 02, 2011

Winter 2011 Newsletter

Winter 2011 is here! We have been busy developing programs and courses for this season and just finalized our newsletter for the upcoming season. Click here and enjoy SMG's Winter 2011 newsletter!

Nov 24, 2010

Choosing an Avalanche Course

November has shown all the exciting signs that another snowy winter is underway. Down in the valleys the once vivid foliage has fallen to the ground, the daylight hours have decreasing and the temperatures have cooled off. Winter has already made an appearance in the valleys over the last few weeks with a welcome dump of snow in town and arctic temperatures. With all the natural elements aligned, the human excitement is slowly building with anticipation of another great winter in the mountains.

Sep 06, 2010

Mt. Brennan Fall Hike, Goat Range

At lower elevations it is hard to imagine summer is coming to a close. Trek into the alpine and experience the flowers turned to berries and trails being covered with dusting of snow and ice. Learn more about a great late season walk that will lead you into the early signs of winter!

Jun 04, 2010

Spring & Summer 2010 Newsletter

Spring 2010 is here and Summer is approaching fast! We have been busy developing programs and courses for this season and just finalized our newsletter for the upcoming season. Click here and enjoy SMG's 1st ever newsletter!

May 28, 2010

Desert Escape

From ski boots to rock shoes, it was in Zion and Red Rocks that we kicked off the 2010 rock climbing season this year. We flew down to Vegas, rented a car and climbed as much as our body allowed on this 10 day personal trip!

May 12, 2010

Gray’s Peak in Kokanee Glacier Park

Gray's peak, located near the southern boundary of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, offers easy mountaineering on glaciers along with a few fun granite alpine ridge climbs. This 2740m peak is easily accessible from Nelson and can be climbed in a day from the Gibson lake trail head near Nelson B.C. Here you will find a brief route description for the south-west ridge, the full south ridge and the regular north glacier route.

May 10, 2010

Measure of Risk in Avalanche Terrain

What level of risk is acceptable when you go back country ski touring? Acceptable level of risk or risk tolerance is very subjective. It is very personal and often based on previous experience, judgment and decision making ability. Some of the close calls that skiers live through are also a valuable opportunity to learn how to better mitigate future risks.

May 04, 2010

Early Hikes & Flowers, West Kootenay

About this time of year, when Whitewater Ski Hill near Nelson closes, both little and big people are hiking up snow free trails like Pulpit Rock and the early season flowers pave a wave of floral succession. Learn about two early season flowers that show off their petals as winter recedes.

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