PeakStratagem offers courses to teach technical skills, trip planning, partner communication, and risk management to make your independent adventures safe and successful.
Expect to Learn
Stratagem, our mission is to teach you the skills to be competent, confident and independent in the backcountry. Our intermediate and advanced courses include mentorship times when you will lead the group under the supervision of an experienced guide. In doing so, you will gain experience and confidence using your new skills. We have developed a unique and extensive curriculum that we are continuously refining and updating to included the most current teaching techniques, equipment, and safety standards.
Introduction to Mountaineering teaches the foundational skills of glacier travel, crevasse rescue, navigation and mountaineering for safe travel in the mountains. It is designed for the hiker or scrambler who wants to travel through glaciated terrain to reach summits. No prior experience is necessary for this course. You will learn to move safely across glaciers […]
Encompasses a skill set that becomes necessary when a leader or second falls and is injured, or when a second is unable to climb to a top anchor. Develop the building blocks of improvised rope rescue so that a climbing party is able to execute self rescue in basic situations.
Teaches the fundamentals of removable protection. It is designed for those who are confident lead climbing 5.6-7 sport rock and who want to progress to traditional rock climbs. It is also designed for scramblers who want to progress to alpine climbs. You will learn how to protect a lead climb and build anchors using removable protection. Develop the fundamentals of placing and assessing removable protection in rock, assessing fixed protection, and building anchors with the same.
Crevasse Rescue basics teaches crevasse rescue systems. It is designed for the person who wants to expand their travel into glaciated terrain. No prior experience is necessary for this course Aim Develop the fundamentals of group crevasse rescue. Objectives Confident tying the following knots: Figure 8, Rewoven Figure 8, Figure 8 on a Bight, Overhand, Slippery Overhand. […]
Sat, Feb 16/19
- Sun, Feb 17/19
925.00 / Person
Mon, Feb 18/19
- Fri, Mar 22/19
2165 / Person
Sat, Feb 23/19
- Sat, Feb 24/18
925 / Person
Mon, Feb 25/19
- Fri, Mar 29/19
2165 / Person
Sat, Mar 30/19
- Sun, Mar 31/19
925 / Person
Ghost Ice Camp is an exclusive backcountry experience with the luxury of a heated and catered camp. Located in the heart of the Ghost River Wilderness between Calgary and Canmore, our Ghost Ice Camp gives you easy access to A LOT of the best ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies. Our dining tent with wood […]
Learn to Ice Climb is designed for those with no previous waterfall ice climbing experience, including rock climbers and mountaineers. You will learn how to use the equipment, the foundations of ice climbing movement, and the basics of top rope climbing applied to waterfall ice including anchor building using ice screws and v-threads, and rappelling. […]
So, you’ve taken the Steep Ice Course and want more? We have a new offering that will consolidate your steep ice skills with laps.
Teaches the basics of multipitch climbing on waterfall ice. It is designed for those who are confident lead climbing WI3-4 waterfall ice and who want to progress to longer waterfalls. You will learn the multipitch system including belaying a second, rope management, transitions, route selection, and multiple rappel descents. Develop multipitch ice climbing skills for safe and efficient travel on multipitch ice climbing routes.
Sat, Nov 30/19
- Sun, Dec 01/19
225 / Person
Avalanche Skills Training 1(AST1) teaches you how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. It is designed for skiiers, snowboarders, climber or scramblers who want to travel in the backcountry around snow. This course is the beginning of your avalanche and snowpack education. To be a safe backcountry user, it is important to […]
Learn to climb steep ice.
Mon, Dec 02/19
- Fri, Dec 06/19
1585 / Person
Join the PeakStratagem team at the Rampart Creek hostel for our Rampart Creek Ice Camp. Located north of Saskatchewan Crossing on the Icefields Parkway, the Rampart Creek hostel is the perfect place for ice climbing, skills refresher, and hanging out with fellow climbers. This camp is for people with some ice climbing experience and you are […]
Our Introduction to Ski Mountaineering Course teaches the basics of glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and navigation for safe travel in the mountains on skis. This course is designed for the downhill skier who wants to leave the resort and travel through glaciated terrain to reach summits. You will learn to move safely across glaciers and […]
Fri, Aug 03/18
- Tue, Aug 07/18
1975 / Person
Introduction to Alpinism combines the basics of snow, ice and rock climbing in the alpine. It is designed for rock and ice climbers or scramblers who want to climb more technically challenging mountains. You will receive direct coaching and mentorship leading introductory alpine terrain. Aim Develop the skills necessary to travel safely and enjoyable through […]
Intermediate Alpinism focuses on developing confidence, efficiency, and autonomy in alpine terrain. It is designed for those with alpine experience who desire to take their climbing to the next level. You will receive mentorship on your planning and execution of alpine objectives. There are 3 group (1:4 ratio) days, 1 direct mentorship (1:2 ratio) day […]
Crevasse Rescue Review is designed for people who have completed a Crevasse Rescue module or course with any company or group.
Sat, Jun 02/18
- Sun, Jun 03/18
375 / Person
Designed for those with no previous outdoor rock climbing experience. You will learn how to use the equipment, the foundations for rock climbing movement, and the basics of top rope climbing. Develop basic rock climbing movement and technical skills for safe and efficient progression into the sport.
Sat, Jul 14/18
- Sun, Jul 15/18
375 / Person
The basics of leading outdoor rock climbs. It is designed for those who are comfortable top roping either at the gym or outdoors and want to learn how to safely lead on bolt protected routes (also known as sport climbing). You will learn how to prepare for a lead climb, how to clip into protection bolts, mock leading, and cleaning anchors. Develop the skills for safe and efficient progression towards becoming an outdoor rock leader.
Sat, Jul 28/18
- Sun, Jul 29/18
425 / Person
Teaches the basics of multipitch climbing on rock. It is designed for those who are confident lead climbing 5.6-7 sport rock and who want to progress to longer climbs. You will learn the multipitch system including belaying a second, rope management, transitions, route selection, and multiple rappel descents.
Sat, Jun 23/18
- Sun, Jun 24/18
425 / Person
Improvised Rope Rescue encompasses a skill set that becomes necessary when a leader or second falls and is injured, or when a second is unable to climb to a top anchor. Aim: Consolidate the building blocks of improvised rope rescue so that a climbing party is able to execute self rescue in more complex situations, […]
Sat, Aug 11/18
- Sat, Aug 11/18
175 / Person
“Traditional climbing” means placing removable “traditional protection” in the rock. Certain types of rock and rock features lend themselves to this type of climbing. Because of the skill and experience necessary to assess each placement, this is generally considered more advanced climbing. Traditional Protection Basics is a 1 day course that teaches the fundamentals of placing […]
Outdoor Rock Fundamentals is designed for those with indoor lead climbing experience who want to progress to sport climbing outdoors. You will learn how to assess fixed protection, how to build anchors, how to escape from anchors without leaving additional personal gear, how to lower off a climb, and how to rappel with a back-up. […]
Teaches advanced rock climbing movement and how to redpoint challenging routes. It is designed for those who are confident climbing 5.9 and want to develop that same confidence on steeper walls. You will learn the techniques required to safely and efficiently climb vertical to overhanging rock climbs. Develop advanced body movement to efficiently climb steep rock and how to train for the redpoint.