This training course is often a rite of passage before heading to a serious mountain project. The focus here is on practicing moutain skills so that participants can gain the autonomy that will lead them to their own adventures on glacier or on the highest summit of the Earth. This very physically demanding training will give you a hint about the endurance needed before attempting to climb on high mountains.

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.

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Training course objectives:

  • Gain a high level of comfort moving over rugged terrain on snow and ice slopes of 45–60 degrees, with crampons and technical ice tools.
  • Pratice the basic techniques for moving over glaciers and exposed terrain: tying-in, self-belaying and belaying.
  • Be able to assess the risk of the practice and make wise decisions.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Recognize mountain topography and geomorphology
  • Avalanche-risk assessment and accident management
  • Learn to choose a goal that is realistic, and reasonable
  • Traveling on a Rope Team using running belays
  • Setting up belay stations on the mountain
  • Climbing/descending long slopes of various pitches (200–400m) with crampons
  • Climbing WI3 ice flows of less than 10 meters

The Mountaineering Techniques Level 3 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)
  • Entrance fees to the training site (if applicable)
  • 2 days of training

The Mountaineering Techniques Level 3 training course does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation fees (1 or 2 nights)
  • Meals: (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 supper)
    • Plan for a minimum budget of USD $250 for all expenses

Number of participants: Minimum 3 / Maximum 6

Ratio: 1 instructor per 4 participants

Minimum age 15 years old

Prerequisites:

Recommendation

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

Training site: Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont

Schedule for the weekend

Day 1- 10h

  • 8:00: Meet in the Broken Yoke restaurant behind Smugller’s Notch Inn, make a game plan for the day, review concepts and equipment
  • 9:30: Depart by car (15-minute drive to the parking lot)
  • 9:30–10:00: Prepare backpacks
  • 10:00–11:00: Approach to Rock Shelter
  • 11:00–16:30: Ascend and descend Easy Gully
  • 16:30–17:30: Descent and return to the parking lot
  • 18:00: Depart by car and end of the day – Night at Smuggler’s Notch Inn or similar

Day 2 – 9h

  • 8:00: Meet in the Broken Yoke restaurant behind Smugller’s Notch Inn, make a game plan for the day, review concepts and equipment
  • 9:30: Depart by car (15-minute drive to the parking lot)
  • 9:30–10:00: Prepare backpacks
  • 10:00–11:00: Approach to Rock Shelter
  • 11:00–15:30: Ascend and descend Hidden Gully or other route
  • 15:30–16:30: Descent and return to the parking lot
  • 17:00: Depart by car and end of the day – Return to Montréal

Dates:

  • 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

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Personal gear to bring

  • 2 lunches and snacks
  • 1 litre of hot water or beverage
  • 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
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Headlamp

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.

  • Ice-climbing boots
  • Climbing helmet
  • 2 technical ice-climbing axes (or one technical ice axe and one mountaineering axe)
  • Ice-climbing crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • 1 self-belaying lanyard (ex: Beal’s DynaConnexion)
  • 1 ice screw (22 cm)
  • 7 large locking carabiners
  • 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.)

Recommendation

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

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