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Instruction

PeakStratagem offers instruction to teach technical skills, trip planning, partner communication, and risk management to make your independent adventures safe and successful.

Expect to Learn

At PeakStratagem, 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 experienced supervision so that you can gain experience and confidence with your new skills. We have developed a unique and extensive curriculum that we are continuously refining and updating to included the most current teaching technique, equipment, and safety standards.


Crevasse Rescue Basics

Sat, Aug 26/17 175 / Person

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. […]

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Traditional Protection Basics

Sun, Aug 27/17 175 / 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 […]

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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST1)

Schedule a date that suits you 225 / Person

Avalanche Skills Training 1(AST1) teaches you how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. It is designed for those 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 gain and master these […]

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Avalanche Skills Training 2 (AST2)

Sun, Jan 07/18 - Wed, Jan 10/18 1750 / Person

Wed, Jan 10/18 - Sun, Jan 14/18 1750 / Person

Avalanche Skills Training 2 (AST2) is designed for those who want to gain more experience in terrain selection, decision making, navigation and skiing/boarding in avalanche terrain. PeakStratagem is an approved avalanche skills training course provider for Avalanche Canada. PeakStratagem is partnering with Boulder Hut Adventures to offer this unique Avalanche Skills Training 2 course. The […]

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Ice Refresher Camp – Rampart Creek

Mon, Dec 04/17 - Wed, Dec 06/17 900 / Person

Mon, Dec 04/17 - Fri, Dec 08/17 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 […]

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Ghost Ice Camp 2017

Sat, Feb 17/18 - Sun, Mar 05/17 125 / Person

Sat, Feb 17/18 - Sun, Feb 18/18 925.00 / Person

Mon, Feb 19/18 - Fri, Feb 23/18 2165.00 / Person

Sat, Feb 24/18 - Sun, Feb 25/18 925.00 / Person

Mon, Feb 26/18 - Fri, Mar 02/18 2165.00 / Person

Sat, Mar 03/18 - Sun, Mar 04/18 925.00 / 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 […]

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Avalanche Skills Training for Ice Climbers, Alpinists, and Skiers

Schedule a date that suits you 375 / Person

This course teaches ice and alpine climbers terrain mapping and assessment and micro avalanche forecasting. It is designed for climbers who want to climb ice and alpine routes in avalanche terrain. You will learn about the inputs that cause avalanches, how to interpret the public avalanche bulletins, how to analyze and manage avalanche terrain, and how to use companion rescue equipment. Additional filed day is recommended

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Introduction to Ski Mountaineering

Schedule a date that suits you 375 / Person

Introduction to Ski Mountaineering teaches the basics of glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and navigation for safe travel in the mountains on skis. It 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 scramble snow and […]

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Introduction to Mixed Climbing (M1)

Schedule a date that suits you 375 / Person

The basics of what is initially an unnatural sport. The extension of mixed climbing is more efficient movement in the alpine, the ability to reach discontinuous smears of waterfall ice, and increased strength on pure waterfall ice. You will learn to gain confidence using crampons and ice tools on rock and understand how to evaluate the security of placements. Develop the fundamentals of movement on rock with crampons and ice axes.

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Learn to Ice Climb (I1)

Sat, Dec 02/17 - Sun, Dec 03/17 375 / Person

Sat, Dec 16/17 - Sun, Dec 17/17 375 / Person

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. […]

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Learn to Lead Ice (I2)

Sat, Dec 09/17 - Sun, Dec 10/17 375 / Person

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.

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Multipitch Ice Climbing Systems (I3)

Schedule a date that suits you 425 / Person

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.

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Ice Climbing Basics

Schedule a date that suits you 175 / Person

Aim Develop basic ice climbing movement and technical systems for safe and efficient progression into the sport. Objectives Comfortable belaying and tying a rewoven Figure 8 knot. Understand identifying environmental hazards when top roping. Understand walking in crampons on low angle terrain. Understand climbing using A-frame technique. Understand building ice screw and v-thread anchors. Understand […]

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Introduction to Mountaineering (A1)

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Introduction to Mountaineering teaches the basics of glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and navigation 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 and scramble […]

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Introduction to Alpinism (A2)

Sat, Aug 05/17 - Thu, Aug 10/17 1825 / 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 […]

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Multipitch Rock Climbing Systems (R3)

Schedule a date that suits you 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.

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Introduction to Traditional Protection (T1)

Schedule a date that suits you 375 / Person

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.

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Intermediate Improvised Rope Rescue (IRR2)

Schedule a date that suits you 373 / 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, […]

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Introduction to Rock Climbing (R1)

Schedule a date that suits you 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.

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Learn to Lead Outdoor Rock (R2)

Schedule a date that suits you 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.

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Steep Rock Technique (R4)

Schedule a date that suits you 375 / Person

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.

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Intermediate Alpinism (A3)

Schedule a date that suits you 1925 / Person

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, 2 direct mentorship (1:2 ratio) days […]

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