Have you registered with a travel agency for a guided ascent of a non-technical high mountain? Some basic mountaineering skills would come in handy, right?

Mountaineering, the queen discipline of the vast world of climbing, requires mastering a whole range of techniques. This brief and intense training focuses on the basic techniques needed when hiring a mountain guide.

Our instructors are mountain enthusiasts and they have accumulated several ascents on the largest mountain ranges on the planet. Good teachers and great adventurers, they are known to transmit the fever of the heights.

Contact us to book or for any questions

438-871-7133 or operations@lalibertenordsud.com

Course objectives:

  • Demonstrate a certain ease in moving over rough terrain on snow and ice slopes of 30 to 45 degrees, with or without crampons and using the mountaineering ax;
  • Be introduced to the basic techniques necessary for traveling on glaciers and in exposed terrain: roping up, self-belaying and belaying.
  • Be introduced to the risk assessment of the practice and making wise choices

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  • Introduction to mountain geomorphology, climatology and glaciology
  • Physiology, altitude sickness and taking medication
  • Principles of progression in the mountains (altitude stages)
  • Making basic mountaineering knots (figure eight, clove hitch, alpine butterfly, prussik)
  • Walking/descending with crampons on variable inclines
  • Use of the mountaineering axe according to the inclination of the slope
  • Controlled glissade and self-arrest techniques
  • Rope ascent/descent techniques with jumar/prussik
  • Technical advice on equipment (mountain goggles, boots, multilayers, etc.)
  • Health principles in the high mountains (water management and personal hygiene)
  • Outdoor Environmental Ethics

The Basic Mountaineering Course for Guided Trips includes:

  • FQME and AGMA certified instructors
  • Technical and educational material for the group

The Basic Mountaineering Course for Guided Trips does not include:

  • All personal gear and mountain equipment to bring (see list)
  • Lunch costs if applicable

Price (before taxes)

$450 per instructor

Number of participants per instructor: Maximum 6

Minimum age: 16 years old


  • Be registered or plan to register for a high mountain trip


Our usual sites for these courses are; Montagne d’Argent and Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. We can travel to other sites, but travel costs apply ($0.50 per km from Montreal).


  • We strongly recommend that you purchase this reference book in connection with your training.


  • 9:00 a.m.: Welcome and hand-out of equipment
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Presentation, practical workshops, technical training
  • 4:30 p.m.: End of the day and return to the parking lot
  • 5:00 p.m.: Departure
  • Less than 30 minutes, less than 50m of elevation gain and less than 1km of walking to get to the different teaching sectors


On demand!

Contact us to book or for any questions

438-871-7133 or operations@lalibertenordsud.com


Date changes, cancellations and refunds

Read pour policies here.

Personal Equipment to Bring

  • Dinner and snacks
  • 1 liter of water or hot beverage
  • Synthetic clothing (which dries quickly) as a first layer (not in summer)
  • Fleece jacket (not in summer)
  • Windbreaker, soft shell or waterproof coat (if rain is announced in summer)
  • Down coat (with or without sleeves – recommended) – to keep you warm when we are standing still (winter only)
  • Day backpack (30-40 liters)
  • Tuque, scarf, mittens and gloves (2 pairs) (depending on the cold announced)
  • Old snow or outdoor pants (there is a high risk of puncturing the pants with crampons) –  tape if the pants are loose at the calves
  • Gaiters (recommended to protect pants)
  • A pair of warm socks
  • Change of clothes for the return
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Camera

Personal OPTIONAL equipment to bring (in our opinion and for your safety, you should always have these items with you when venturing outdoors):

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Flashlight (if possible, frontal)

MOUNTAIN equipment to bring

Note: The following list is recommended in order to achieve autonomy

If you do not have all of these items, we can rent you what you need. Click here for mountaineering equipment rental

  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • mountaineering boots
  • Crampons with anti-boot system
  • 1 mountaineering ice axe
  • 1 jumar (optional)

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