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Spring 2019 Mountaineering Skills Courses for KMC Members

Spring 2019 Mountaineering Skills Courses for KMC Members

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club is subsidizing these courses to the amount of $25 per member. Please note we have a $75 course subsidy limit for any one member per calendar year.

Volunteer trip organizers will receive an additional subsidy of $25 over and above the regular member $25 discount, already included in the posted rates. To qualify, you must have organized at least 4 trips in the past year. This program recognizes the importance of all trip organizers within our club. If you think you qualify, please contact Peter at first for an approval.

Mountain Leadership & Hazard Management - Sunday, June 23, 2019

This course is designed to encourage KMC members to develop leadership skills so they can confidently organize a trip for our club. It is hosted at the new base lodge building at Whitewater. There will be an indoor session in the morning and an afternoon hike/scramble to Half Dome via the north ridge in the afternoon. The course concentrates on the following skills:

  • Mountain leadership and Group management
  • Hazard management
  • Emergency procedures
  • Map, compass & navigation; Route selection

KMC member rate $60.00 (The KMC increased the discount on this course – no further discounts). Minimum group of six required.

Day Mountaineering Skills Series – June 8 and 9, 2019

The Day Mountaineering Skills Series is for members interested in acquiring or refreshing specific mountaineering skills. You will learn modern mountaineering skills from qualified instructors in a safe environment. For more information:

Ice Axe & Crampon use, Movement skills & Rope handling - June 8, 2019
Crevasse Rescue, Snow & Ice Anchors - June 9, 2019

Price includes use of rope use and all technical equipment, but does not include personal equipment or your food/transportation. Mountaineering equipment (ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness, prussix, carabiners) *SMG rental $30/day KMC member rate $95.00 per each skills day (minimum group of six required)

Intro to Wilderness Navigation (map and compass - with GPS assist) June 15, 2019 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Doug Clark;
Cost: $10 (members only) Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Location: Strawberry Pass Parking Area (on Highway 3B, approx. 10 km south of Highway 3/3B junction).

This will be a one-day, introductory course covering how to use a compass and interpret maps. Participants will learn how to determine and plot UTM coordinates and to use their compass and supplied maps to navigate to specific locations in the bush.

There will be a short class room session at the beginning of the day to explain

  • use of electronic devices to obtain UTM coordinates,
  • locating UTM coordinates on a map
  • basic map interpretation, and
  • basic compass use

You must bring the following

  • pencil
  • small ruler
  • compass (with adjustable declination!!)
  • GPS or cell phone with an app that can provide UTM coordinates (eg. TopoCanada)
  • clothing, food and water appropriate for a full day in the bush

Introduction to Rock Climbing – Two day program

June 15, 2019: On the first day you will learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing.

June 16, 2019: On the second day, you will learn personalized movement skills, basic anchor construction and rappelling while climbing as much rock as possible.

KMC member rate $85.00 each day (minimum group of six required each day) – technical gear including harnesses, helmets, belay device and rock shoes (or use your own) will be provided.


  • 8:00 AM meeting at local climbing site
  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda
  • Issue of required gear
  • Intro to common rock climbing equipment
  • Movement skills intro and bouldering
  • Basic knots, belaying, rope handling and commands
  • Rock climbing with the safety of a rope
  • Integration of movement skills while roped climbing
  • Climbing different routes
  • On the 2nd day, we will introduce lead belaying, rappelling and basic anchor construction
  • Course debrief and wrap-up by 4:30pm

For more information: