Custom Alpine Rock
Custom Alpine Rock
You choose the location, we organize it!
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.
The alpine climbing world is full of lesser known destinations. Because of their remoteness, these areas often display a sense of wilderness that is unparalleled to mainstream venues. We would be delighted to organize a trip to your dream destination or take you to one of our favorite lesser know alpine mecca.
Most of these more remote areas require a minimum of 3 days to accomplish a climb. Some may benefit of upwards of 10 days. Contact us if you have a specific area of interest and we can share preliminary logistics. Here are some of our favorites:
- The Waddington Range in Canada’s Coast Mountains
- The Adamants in BC’s Northern Selkirks
- The Leaning Towers in BC’s Southern Purcells
- Lotus Flower Tower in The Cirque of the Unclimbable, NT
- Mount Thor area, Baffin Island, Nunavut
- Fitz Roy Massif, Argentinean Patagonia
- Tores del Paine, Chilean Patagonia
- Trango Tower, Karakoram, Pakistan
Most of these areas a quite remote. Getting to and from the start of the trip can be very costly. Also, the guide to guests ratios tend to be lower due to the nature of these programs. This contributes to higher success rates but increases the price significantly.
Contact us with your area of interest, we will be happy to work with you and establish a trip that suits your needs. With enough notice, it will be possible for us to organize all logistics and secure permits required. In the meantime, the information below may provide valuable info to get the ball rolling. Thank-you!
Most of these more remote mountain areas require a minimum of 3 days to accomplish a climb. Some may benefit of upwards of 10 days. Contact us if you have a specific area of interest, we will be happy to share preliminary logistics.
Once we have decided on a particular venue together, we will discuss optimal time-frame, design the best possible itinerary and we provide a rough quote.
It is important start planing these kinds of trips early. Some of the less frequented areas may require several months of planing to establish logistics and acquire proper permitting.
On these guided alpine rock program, prior rock climbing and mountaineering experience is required. Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains. The difficulty of the routes we attempt will be based on present conditions, your personal goals, interests and previous climbing experience. Previous traditional and crack climbing experience, with or without a guide and the ability to climb with a small pack is required.
These unique alpine rock climbing venues are located in very different places from one another. Each one will have completely different logistics comparatively. You can expect to travel for at least a few days to get to our starting point and back.
Once we have decided on a specific location, we will provide you with the best possible options for getting to the starting point and a custom itinerary. Let us know if you have any specific questions.
The optimal climbing season for these remote venues varies greatly. In the Northern hemisphere, July and August tend to be the best months for Alpine Rock Climbing. In the Southern Hemisphere, January and February are best.
Due to the higher elevations, proximity to dominant winds and weather conditions, mountain weather is difficult to predict. It is most often worse than the weather in the surrounding valleys and can change quickly as it is really hard to predict for more than 24hrs ahead.
It is always an interesting challenge to know exactly what you are going to get, therefore is important to be flexible with timing and not too attached to a particular goal or objective. Be prepared by bringing all required items, this ensures you will be dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation.
- Pre-trip planning support
- Fully certified IFMGA and/or ACMG Alpine Guide or Mountain Guide services
- Alternative plan based on current conditions
- Rope use & all technical equipment
- Emergency response plan
Services NOT included:
- Dinners & breakfast while on trip
- Lift passes
- Personal clothing, equipment, climbing/mountaineering boots *see equipment list for more details
- Personal lunch & snacks
- Travel to meeting location or taxis for shuttles
- Accommodation or huts on trip
- Trip interruption, cancellation insurance or medical insurance
- Additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather
How experienced do I need to be?
On this guided alpine rock program, prior rock climbing and mountaineering experience is required. Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains. The difficulty of the routes we attempt will be based on your personal goals, interests and previous climbing experience. Previous traditional and crack climbing experience, with or without a guide and the ability to climb with a small pack is required.
Is it safe?
On all our courses, SMG provides you with fully certified IFMGA/ACMG Mountain, alpine and rock guides. This guarantees you the highest safety standards in the industry. Mountaineering remains hazardous and while it is impossible to eliminate all the hazards, our guides will maximize your experience and greatly minimize the risks involved.
Can I rent some of the equipment needed during the programs?
On this program, participants are required to have their own equipment. If needed, some equipment is available for rental. Contact us for details
Where can I rent/buy climbing & outdoor equipment?
Contact us and we will provide you with the nearest possible options based on you trip location.