If going to the mountain on your own is what you are looking for, this training course is for you. The focus here is on practicing moutaineering techniques on an accessible terrain. We will get to sleep in a hut (if you feel brave, there is also the possibility to winter camp) and we will cook expedition-style meals.

Our instructors are passionate about mountaineering, and they’ve made several ascents on the largest mountain chains on the planet. Excellent teachers and great adventurers, they’re known to spread height fever! Visit our TRIP section to dream of summits.


Course objectives:

  • Gain a high level of comfort moving over rugged terrain on snow and ice slopes of 30–45 degrees with crampons, using a mountaineering axe and carrying a backpack weighing up to 20 kilos
  • Pratice basic techniques for moving over glaciers and exposed terrain: tying-in, self-belaying and belaying.
  • Introduction to mountain-hut life, winter camping and expedition-style meals
  • Be able to assess the risk of the practice and make wise decisions


  • Advanced concepts of geomorphology and glaciology
  • Reading and analysis of avalanche bulletins
  • Setting up belay stations on ice and snow in practice situations and on exposed terrain
  • Climbing with crampons on slopes of 45–60 degrees without a backpack
  • Using a technical ice tool to climb short passages
  • Traveling on a Rope Team concepts and pratices for ascent and descent
  • Techniques for rappelling/descending a mountain
  • Ascending a fixed rope with a backpack
  • Pratice a crevasse rescue
  • Mountain-hut life, winter camping and expedition-style cooking

The Mountaineering Techniques Level 2 training course includes:

  • FQME and AGMA certified instructor
  • Technical and instructional material
  • 20$ discount on the book Freedom of the Hills (value of 45$ – promo code Freedom)
  • 1 night in a mountain hut
  • 1 expedition-style evening meal and breakfast
  • 1 hot beverage per day

The Mountaineering Techniques Level 2 training course doesn’t includes:

Number of participants: Minimum 3 / Maximum 6

Minimum age: 15 years old



  • We highly recommand the purchase of this instructional book, a must-have for climbers and mountain lovers.

Schedule for the weekend

Day 1- 12 hours

  • 9:00: Welcome reception at the La Liberté Nord-Sud hut in the Parc d’Escalade et de Randonnée de la Montagne d’Argent, and hand-out equipment
  • 9:30–16:30: Course presentation, practical workshops, technical training and demonstration
  • 16:30: End of the day and return to the site
  • 17:00–19:00: Winter camping concepts and meal preparation
  • 19:00–20:00: Guide gives a presentation on mountain travel
  • 21:00: Bedtime

Day 2 – 10 hours

  • 7:00–9:00: Wake up, breakfast, tidy and clean the mountain hut
  • 9:15–16:30: Course presentation, practical workshops, technical training and demonstration
  • 16:30: End of the day and return to the site
  • 17:00: Departure


  • Most winter weekends if the minimum number of participant is achieved

Other dates available upon request. 10% discount on reservation during the week (promo code: 10%semaine)

Please contact us at 438-871-7133 or info@lalibertenordsud.com.

Course cancellation due to weather conditions

The course could be cancelled if the forecast calls for more than a 60% chance of precipitation and an accumulation of 1 mm or more hourly for the greater part of the day or if the temperature is colder than -25 °C. The decision can be made the day prior to the activity at the latest. Please note that we rarely cancel this course completely due to weather conditions.

Additional information


Personal gear to bring

  • 2 lunches and snacks
  • 1 litre of hot water or beverage/day
  • Synthetic clothing (that dries quickly) for your base layer
  • Polar-fleece jacket
  • Windproof, soft-shell or waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket (with or without sleeves – recommended) – to keep you warm when we’re not moving
  • Day backpack (30–40 litres)
  • Tuque, scarf, mittens and gloves (2 pairs)
  • Old ski pants or outdoor pants (high probability of tearing your pants with crampons) – bring tape if your pants are baggy around the calves
  • Gaiters (recommended to protect pants)dscn1112
  • One pair of warm socks
  • Change of clothes for the trip home
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Camera

OPTIONAL personal gear to bring (for your safety, we believe you should always have these items when venturing outdoors):

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Flashlight (headlamp, if possible)
  • Lighter
  • Pocket knife

MOUNTAINEERING equipment to bring

Note: The items in the following list are recommended in order for you to gain autonomy.

If you don’t have all of these items, you can rent individual pieces from us or the whole set for $30 (tax incl.) per day.

  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Mountain boots
  • Crampons with antibott system
  • 1 mountaineering axe
  • 1 technical ice tool (hammer)
  • 1 self-belaying lanyard (Beal’s DynaConnexion or equivalent)
  • 5 large locking carabiners
  • 2 oval carabiners (without screw locks)
  • 2 runners (120 cm)
  • 1 cord (6 m of 7-mm cord)
  • 1 cord (2 m of 7-mm cord)
  • 1 belay device (Reverso, ATC, etc.)
  • 1 pulley (optional)
  • 1 Jumar (optional)
  • 1 ice screw
  • 1 snow picket (optional)


  • We highly recommand the purchase of this instructional book, a must-have for climbers and mountain lovers.


Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review

Fantastic course content and very knowledgable team! I was the only participant that didn’t speak French and Leo did an amazing job of teaching this course in both french and English. I have a background in high angle rope rescue and I was extremely impressed with Leos technical knowledge and his ability to communicate his knowledge in his clear and easy to understand course content. I only wish it was longer!

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