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Summit Mountain Guides Hiking, Rock Climbing, & Mountaineering

The Backcountry Adventure Is Now Yours for the Taking

Summit Mountain Guides are the experts at professional mountain guiding services and instruction for the vertically inclined. Their winter and summer programs include beginner to advanced mountaineering, backcountry ski touring, ice climbing, rock climbing, trekking and hiking trips – all with professionally certified and experienced IFMGA/ACMG guides.

Summit Mountain Guides also offer daily-guided programs or multi-day backcountry adventures throughout Western Canada (and even in Europe!). You can join as an individual, group, or with your family or staff team for training in avalanche awareness, rock climbing and ropes rescue skills, ice climbing instruction, or learn to mountaineer programs. Pick an adventure below that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Trips require 2 weeks advanced booking notice. Bookings made within 2 weeks of a requested trip date may have only 50% limited availability

Booking:

Email us or call us at 778-457-5001 to speak with a Get Lost Adventure Centre representative about booking your next adventure! Or feel free to stop by in person – next to the base lodge of RED Mountain.


pic-rockclimbingLocated in South-Eastern British Columbia, the vibrant communities of Nelson, Castlegar & Rossland are home to some of the finest rock climbing in the BC interior. Their geographical location gives quick access to fantastic rock climbing in the Purcell’s, Monashee’s and Selkirk mountains. The area offers an interesting variety of sound rock types from granite or gneiss to limestone.

The climbing here is remote and offers many quality single and multi-pitch rock climbs far from the crowds. The Nelson, Rossland and Castlegar areas have seen significant rock climbing development in recent years and with the publication of the new West Kootenay Rock Guide, climbers have more than 500 sports routes to choose from.

GROUP SIZE:
6ppl maximum (*multi pitch routes max 2-3 guests)

DATES AVAILABLE:
April to October

SKILL LEVEL:
Ages 6+. These guided outings are for climbers of all abilities. No previous climbing experience required. Previous outdoor or indoor climbing experience is an asset. Join us and safely learn this exciting sport from our skilled instructors. Learning opportunities abound for all experience levels.

PRICE:

Full Day Half Day
6:1 $108 per person 6:1 $70 per person
5:1 $120 per person 5:1 $87 per person
4:1 $140 per person 4:1 $105 per person
3:1 $170 per person 3:1 $125 per person
2:1 $225 per person 2:1 $163 per person
1:1 $400 per person 1:1 $275 per person

Equipment Included!

ITINERARY:
Day rock climbing itineraries are somewhat flexible. A typical guided rock climbing day will start around 8:00 AM at a local crag. Depending on group needs and particular climbs, we will generally be done before 5.00 PM. If you book a half-day climb, you have the option of 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm.

pic-valhallaLocated in the heart of the southern Selkirk’s in south-eastern British Columbia, Valhalla Provincial Park is home to some of the finest alpine rock climbing in Western Canada. The Mulvey group, near the southern end of the park, provides a fantastic collection of rugged granitic spires appealing to the alpine rock climber.

The sunny alpine walls and sharp rock ridges surrounding the headwaters of Mulvey creek offer numerous high quality alpine rock climbs for all ability levels.  Many alpine classics include routes on Gimli, Asgard, Midguard, Wolf’s Ears, Dag or Neislhem, each of these impressive peaks part of Norse mythology. Enjoy a specific day route or join a 2 to 4 day guided Valhalla Alpine Rock program with an experienced local guide.

Summit Mountain Guides offer easy, moderate and advanced guided alpine rock climbing programs in this area. Some of the popular peaks and routes guided in the Valhallas include:

  • The South ridge of Gimli peak (Grade III, 5.10a)
  • West ridge of Asgard peak (Grade III, 5.5)
  • Full West ridge of Gladsheim peak (Grade III, 5.6)
  • South face of Gladsheim peak (Grade IV 5.10d)

GROUP SIZE:
2-3 guests maximum

DATES AVAILABLE:
July 20-23, 2018, Aug 17-20, 2018, 3-4 day programs available. Custom dates available on demand.

SKILL LEVEL:
Ages 19+. On this guided alpine rock program, prior rock climbing experience is required. Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains. The difficulty of the routes we attempt will be based on your personal goals, interests and previous climbing experience.  Previous traditional and crack climbing experience, with or without a guide and the ability to climb with a small pack is required.

PRICE:
1:3 ratio is $695/person
1:2 ratio is $850/person
Private is $1500.
For additional days, add $200 per person for a group of 3, $275 per person for group of 2 or $500 for private

Rope use and all technical equipment included!

ITINERARY:
Day 1, Pre-trip meeting; 7:00 PM in town (1 hour)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waivers
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Issue of required gear and session on packing strategy

Day 2, Drive-in, Hike-in and Climb

  • 04:30 AM, meeting and drive
  • 06:00 AM, at trail head, hike -in
  • 07:30 AM, at camp location, drop overnight gear
  • 08:00 AM, hike to base of climb with a small day pack!
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike back to camp
  • 16:30 PM, Back in camp for a great dinner and cozy night in the mountains

Day 3, Full Climbing day

  • 06:30 AM, breakfast, hike-in to another classic alpine rock route
  • 07:30 AM, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike back to camp
  • 16:30 PM, Back in camp for another great dinner and cozy night in the mountains

Day 4, Last climb and hike-out

  • 06:30 AM, breakfast, hike-in to another classic alpine rock route
  • 07:30 AM, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike-out
  • 18:00 PM, back at the parking, drive-out
  • 20:00 PM, back in Nelson for a late dinner
pic-gimliLocated in the heart of the southern Selkirk’s in south-eastern British Columbia, Valhalla Provincial Park is home to some of the finest alpine rock climbing in Western Canada. The Mulvey group, near the southern end of the park, provides a fantastic collection of rugged granitic spires appealing to the alpine rock climber.

The sunny alpine walls and sharp rock ridges surrounding the headwaters of Mulvey creek offer numerous high quality alpine rock climbs for all ability levels.  Many alpine classics include routes on Gimli, Asgard, Midguard, Wolf’s Ears, Dag or Neislhem, each of these impressive peaks part of Norse mythology. Enjoy a specific day route or join a 2 to 4 day guided Valhalla Alpine Rock program with an experienced local guide.

Summit Mountain Guides offer easy, moderate and advanced guided alpine rock climbing programs in this area. Some of the popular peaks and routes guided in the Valhallas include:

  • The South ridge of Gimli peak (Grade III, 5.10a)
  • West ridge of Asgard peak (Grade III, 5.5)
  • Full West ridge of Gladsheim peak (Grade III, 5.6)
  • South face of Gladsheim peak (Grade IV 5.10d)

GROUP SIZE:
2-3 guests maximum

DATES AVAILABLE:
July 23 & 24, 2018, June 30 & July 1st, 2018. 3-4 day programs available. Custom dates available. 1 Day Ascent 1:1 $550 or 1:2 @ $300pp, 1.5 Day Program 1:1 $875 or 1:2 @ $465pp *Rope use and all technical equipment included*

SKILL LEVEL:
Ages 19+. On this guided program, you must be an intermediate to advanced climber. Previous varied climbing experiences, with or without a guide, and the ability to follow traditional crack climbs in the 5.10a range with a small pack is required. 

PRICE:
1 Day Ascent:
1:1 $500
1:2 $275pp

1/2 Day Program:
1:1 $825
1:2 $440pp

Rope use and all technical equipment included!

ITINERARY:
Pre-trip meeting evening before; 7:00 PM in town (1 hour)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waiver.
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Issue of required gear and session on packing strategy

Ascent Day

  • 04:30 AM, meeting and drive
  • 06:00 AM, at trail head, hike -in
  • 07:30 AM, at base of Gimli, start climbing, climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, at the top, walk off & hike-out
  • 18:00 PM, back at the parking, drive-out
  • 20:00 PM, back in Nelson for a late dinner
pic-hikingDaily guided hikes allow you to keep your pack light so you can explore for a full day the pristine mountains and discover the stories behind the unique alpine flora and fauna.  Whether staying in a comfortable hotel, cabin or camping, you can easily access day programs or build a multi-day hiking program to suit your interests, experience and adventure!

For hikers seeking unique backcountry hikes, join a certified hiking guide for the day to walk in an alpine meadow, along aesthetic ridges or through the lush forests of the Selkirk, Monashee and Purcell Mountains.  The West Kootenay region provides a diverse array established wilderness trails for beginner walkers to very experienced hikers. 

Enjoy the pristine and rugged mountain scenery on trails in Valhalla Provincial Park, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Goat Range Provincial Park as well as unique places like MacBeth Icefield, Whitewater Canyon, Jumbo Pass, Idaho Peak, Mt. Gimli and many more!  We offer a number of hikes, each different from one another.

GROUP SIZE:
8ppl maximum

DATES AVAILABLE:
Mid-June to early October with 2 weeks’ notice

SKILL LEVEL:
Ages 6+. Programs are beginner to advanced.  Guests are responsible to self evaluate their skills as groups need to be matched together based on prior experience and ability.  Please contact us to discuss your background and what kind of tour would suit you best.

PRICE:
Full Day
6:1 $108 per person
5:1 $120 per person
4:1 $120 per person
3:1 $167 per person
2:1 $200 per person
1:1 $400 per person

ITINERARY:
Some of the trail options include Whitewater Pass in Goat Range Provincial Park, the Keyhole in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Loki Peak in the Purcell’s, Mulvey Basin the Valhalla Provincial Park. We will choose an area that best meets your experience and interest. Contact your guide by phone or email the evening before for meeting location.

  • Meet your guide between 7-8am am at predetermined location, sign waivers and check gear
  • Drive up to hiking trail head, return time based on distance from Nelson or Kaslo.  Programs run between 8-10 hours.



Alpine Rock Climbing Equipment List

The equipment and clothing you bring will have a big impact on the quality of your trip. Ensure to bring all items listed except for items that are listed as optional (either are luxuries or your guide will be carrying for you both). If you have any questions about anything please contact us.

Some items* are available for rental.

Day trip equipment check list:

  • Helmet*, harness*, rock climbing shoes*
  • 2 locking carabinners*
  • 1 belay device*
  • Crampons & ice axe* (depending on objectives and conditions)
  • Light mountaineering boots (on some climbs approach shoes may be appropriate)
  • Cool weather clothing (fleece jacket, long johns, warm hat & thin gloves)
  • Clothing allowing for easy and complete range of motion
  • Rain/wind shell
  • Rain/wind pants
  • Sunglasses & Ball Cap
  • Sun screen, lip cream (UVA/UVB protection with minimum SPF 30)
  • Lunch, snacks
  • 1 L. water bottle
  • Writing & reading material (optional)
  • Headlamp (with fresh batteries and a set of extra ones)
  • Camera, batteries (optional)
  • Pocket knife (one, can be the same one you use for eating, i.e. Swiss army knife)
  • A little bit of toilet paper
  • Blister kit (a small amount of moleskin, second skin and/or duct tape)
  • Daypack (30 to 40 liters. For clothing, lunch, personal and group climbing gear)
  • Trekking Poles* (1 to 2 collapsible poles)

Overnight trips equipment check list:

*Note: For overnight trips you will need all items listed for day trips plus these ones

  • Overnight Backpack (We recommend a 55-60 Litre pack for this trip. It has to be big enough to fit all extra clothing, sleeping bag, food, overnight equipment (tent, stove, etc.), and alpine rock climbing gear. Side compression straps are very useful to bring the size of your pack down for the day trips where we will be carrying less equipment. Also, you may want to consider carrying and extra small (20-30ltr pack) easily compressible day pack for the day trips from our base camp or the hut.)
  • Sleeping Bag (For hut trips in summer we suggest a bag rated to 0 Celsius (32 F.). For camp based we suggest one rated to -7 Celsius (about 20 F.). Make sure you bring a stuff sac that will reduce your bag to its minimum size (i.e. one with compression straps) so you don’t use up all the room in your pack. Down sleeping Summit Mountain Guides 250-354-4884 info@summitmountainguides.com bags are more susceptible to getting wet but much lighter and they pack smaller too. Synthetic ones are easier to keep dry; they are heavier and bulkier though.)
  • Insulating sleeping pad (1, light weight thermarest work best)
  • Plate & cup (there are many lightweight/compressible options)
  • Spoon (aluminum or plastic, the “spork” works well)
  • First Aid kit (band-aids, ibuprofen & Aspirin/Tylenol is enough, the guides will have a complete kit)
  • Lighter
  • Toiletry (Small toothbrush, small amount of tooth paste, contacts or prescription lenses, prescription drugs, pads, a small cloth to wash, etc)

*Tent programs may vary slightly regarding requiring additional personal camp gear (shared tent) and cooking items (stove, pots, fuel) and meals please contact us to discuss.

Clothing

On overnight trips, temperatures can vary widely as they can increase from below freezing overnight to +25C on sunny days. For clothing use the ‘layer system’. Light technical clothing that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly if sweaty or wet. We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit changing temperature conditions. Synthetic (pile, polypropylene, Capilene, etc.) or smart wool clothing is optimal in the mountain environment. We discourage cotton clothing as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. This list covers items needed for all likely conditions during the mountaineering season:

  • Long underwear (top and bottom 2 of each, thin polypro or smart wool)
  • Wool/Synthetic blend socks (1 to 2 pairs)
  • Mountaineering pants (1 pair for our daily activities, a scholler/stretch/ wind stopper blend with reinforced nylon knees and bottoms works best)
  • Lightweight shirt and/or T-shirt (1 of each)
  • Long sleeves shirt (with zip-neck, wind stopper fleece/nylon combo is best)
  • Fleece jacket ( 1, medium weight)
  • Heavyweight fleece /small down jacket (1 for cold weather, night-time/emergency)
  • Outer Jacket (1, thin waterproof/windproof with hood, i.e. Gore-Tex)
  • Outer pants (1 pair, thin waterproof/windproof and preferably with side zips)
  • Warm pants (very thin: insulated/fleece, optional for very cool conditions)

For your safety, the guide carries the following:

  • SAT phone and/or VHF
  • Complete first-aid kit & Repair kit
  • Complete crevasse rescue gear
  • All maps of the area
  • GPS, compass and altimeter


We recommend all guests consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in order to protect the potential of events occurring that make you unable to do your scheduled backcountry guided trip. If a guest cancels a booking, please submit the cancellation in writing by email or mail, all refunds processed according to date received.

  • Cancellations made 8 weeks in advance of trip date may be eligible for a refund providing a suitable replacement is found.
  • If cancellations made less than 8 weeks in advance, staff will work to find a suitable replacement. If a replacement is found, you would be eligible for a 75% refund; if there is no replacement then you may not be eligible for any refund.

Guide Cancellation Policy:

  • Should the physical conditions, skills or equipment of participant(s) limit our program, guides reserve the right to make changes to the program OR cancel the trip for safety and protection of the group. We do not offer any refund to unprepared guests.
  • If the guide has to cancel the program due to unsafe conditions (weather, snow stability, travel conditions) guests will receive a 100% refund.

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