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Spring 2018 Skills Courses for KMC Members

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club is subsidizing the mountaineering and rock climbing 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.

For online registration see the course registration page.

Day Mountaineering Skills Series – June 2 and 3, 2018

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:

June 2, 2018: Ice Axe & Crampon use, Movement skills & Rope handling

June 3, 2018: Crevasse Rescue, Snow & Ice Anchors

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)

Introduction to Rock Climbing – Two day program exclusive to KMC members

  • June 16, 2018:
    On the first day you will learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing.
  • June 17, 2018:
    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 $75.00 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:

Wilderness Navigation (map and compass - with GPS assist)  8:30 am - 4:00 PM, August 4, 2018

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

Location: Strawberry Pass

This will be a one-day, introductory course covering how to use a compass and interpret maps to locate specific features in the field.

Participants will learn how to plot UTM coordinates on a map and then use their compass and supplied maps to navigate in the field to the plotted coordinates.

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

  • how to use electronic devices to obtain and use UTM coordinates, 
  • basic map interpretation, and
  • basic compass use. 

You should bring

  • pencil
  • compass (with adjustable declination!!)
  • optional, but desirable - GPS (or cell phone loaded with an app that provides UTM coordinates)
  • clothing, food and water appropriate for a full day in the bush