Mountaineering

Challenge yourself and discover the rewards mountaineering…

Mountaineering, also known as Alpinism, is a moderate combination of rock, snow and ice climbing in the exhilarating pursuit of significant glaciated peak ascents. It is a very rewarding activity offering a mountain of challenges adaptable to all experience levels and personal goals. Join us for the ultimate mountaineering adventure and gain confidence while scaling a high peak, walking on glaciers, scrambling a sharp rocky ridge or climbing an exposed alpine face high above the valley.

Professional Mountain Guiding

Summit Mountain Guides offers a professional guiding service with fully certified Alpine and Mountain guides (ACMG / IFMGA). Climbing with a certified guide provides you with the highest industry expertise and safety standards. At Summit Mountain Guides, we take pleasure in helping you achieve your mountain adventure and goals. We specialize in designing trips to suits your needs and experience. By leaving all the logistics to the experts, you will maximize your climbing! In the peaceful wilderness of high mountain ranges, we interpret the landscape stories. Be amazed by the natural wonders while enjoying the leadership, knowledge, and safety provided by professional guides.

Mountaineering Adventure

Every summer, Summit Mountain Guides offers various mountaineering programs in Nelson BC, Western Canada, the European Alps, and beyond. We offer single or multi-day guided and instructional mountaineering programs to individuals or small groups with specific goals.

Whether you are interested in taking a crevasse rescue course, partake in a day of mountaineering or specific peak ascents, we have a program that suits your needs. Browse our guided and instructional programs below and contact us for designing a custom trip. We look forward to guiding your adventure…


Browse our mountaineering trips and courses

Mountaineering Courses

Advanced Mountaineering

This 4 to 5-day course is for people interested in fine-tuning their existing mountaineering skills & bringing them up to the next level. On this course, you will learn modern advanced mountaineering skills from professional mountain guides.

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Crevasse Rescue

This 1 day course is designed for mountaineers & skiers interested in learning the skills required for safe glacier travel and crevasse rescue.

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Day Skills Series

Our Day Skills Series is for people interested in acquiring or refreshing very specific mountaineering skills. It is a 1, 2 or 3-day series where participants can choose from various skills.

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Intro to Mountaineering

This 4day course is a comprehensive introduction to general mountaineering on rock, snow, glaciers and mixed terrain. It is designed for people with minimal experience interested in acquiring the basic skills and knowledge to start mountaineering.

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Snow & Ice Focus

This 3-day course is a condensed introduction to mountaineering with a focus on snow, ice and glacier travel skills. It is specially designed for motivated students just starting up or people with previous exposure to mountaineering & rock climbing looking to refresh specific skills.

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Mountaineering Trips

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  • Daily Guided Rock Climbing
  • Alpine Rock

Bugaboo Alpine Rock

The Bugaboos of Western Canada are one of the world’s greatest alpine rock climbing centers. Located in the Purcell mountains of South-Eastern British Columbia they are a cluster of high and sheer granite spires situated inside the pristine Bugaboo Provincial Park. Join our 3 to 5 day guided program and discover some of the best traditional alpine rock climbing in Canada.

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Canadian Rockies Rock Climbing

Famous for their well-preserved wilderness and natural beauty, the Canadian Rockies near Banff and Jasper National parks offer the highest concentration and variety of single and multi-pitch rock climbs in Canada. The limestone & quartzite rock walls surrounding the mountain communities of Canmore, Banff, Lake Lousie, and Jasper boast a life time of long quality climbs for yours to discover. Summit Mountain Guides offers day and multi-day guided rock climbing program in the Canadian Rockies from June through September.

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Chamonix Alpine

The Chamonix valley is dominated by the majestic dome of Mont Blanc. It is surrounded by hundreds of easily accessible pointy granite spires providing world-renowned rock, ice, and mixed alpine routes. The village is charming and offers incredible vistas, cuisine along with a vibrant mountain culture.

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Custom Alpine Rock

Organizing custom alpine rock trips is one of our specialty. The world is blessed with hundreds of quality alpine rock destinations. We have many years of experience organizing and carrying out successful alpine rock climbing trips in remote locations of Canada and around the world.

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Gimli Peak-South ridge, III 5.10a

Rated III 5.10a, the South ridge of Gimli peak in Valhalla provincial park, is one of the best of its class anywhere in the world. This captivating 8 pitch alpine rock climb is wildly exposed, sustained but moderate. The climbing is varied and features steep cracks, grooves, chicken heads, and fingery walls. Join one of our Alpine guides and ascend this route in style and good company.

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Kokanee Glacier Alpine

Nelson area in the Southern Selkirks offers some unique alpine and glacier objectives. Explore into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park and discover aesthetic ridges and impressive views. Alpine routes can be done in a long day trip or built into multi-day programs using the Kokanee Glacier Chalet as a base.

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Nelson & Castlegar Rock

Nelson & Castlegar Rock

Located in South-Eastern British Columbia, The vibrant communities of Nelson & Castlegar are home to some of the finest rock climbing the BC interior. Their geographical locations give quick access to fantastic rock climbing in the Purcells, Monashees and Selkirk mountains. The area, home of the famous Valhalla provincial park, offers an interesting variety of sound rock types ranging from granite, gneiss to limestone. The climbing here is remote and offers many quality single and multi-pitch rock climbs far from the crowds.

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Rogers Pass Alpine Rock

Renown for its deep powder ski touring, Rogers Pass also hosts some of the best alpine rock climbing and mountaineering in Canada. Located inside Glacier National Park, Rogers Pass is in the heart of the Selkirk mountains of Southeastern British Columbia. Join our 2 to 4 day guided beginner to advanced programs and discover the birthplace of North American mountaineering.

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Skaha & other BC Rock Climbing

British Columbia is blessed with a diverse variety of ecosystems along with a fascinating Geology; this has sculpted many attractive cliffs awaiting the keen climbers. BC is peppered with quality bluffs and rock walls featuring various rock types, Skaha near Penticton in the Okanagan Valley is a fine example with fantastic sport and trad climbing on compact gneiss. Curious climbers visiting the West Coast area, the BC Interior, the Okanagan Valley, the Columbia and the Kootenay regions will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of rock climbing available.

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Squamish Rock Climbing

Located on the West coast of Canada, along the Vancouver-Whistler corridor, the town of Squamish and the Squamish Chief is a rock climber’s paradise. “The Chief”, a 700m granite monolith, and its surrounding rock bluffs boast a fantastic density of granite slabs and crack climbs. The area is a traditional climber’s dream as it offers an incredible variety of long quality multi-pitch and single pitch crack climbs. Join us and discover this Canadian gem.

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Valhalla Alpine Rock

Located in the heart of the southern Selkirk’s in south-eastern British Columbia, Valhalla Provincial Park is home to some of the finest alpine rock climbing in Western Canada. The Mulvey Group, near the southern end of the park, provides a fantastic collection of rugged granitic spires boasting many classic alpine rock climbs.

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