NEW Intro to Mountaineering Course

Intro to Mountaineering (Course)

Columbia Ice Fields, June 22-24th, 2018


Participants will learn the basic skills required for safe glacier travel and rescue procedures, instructed by James Madden (ACMG/IFMGA).

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June 22- Meeting time TBD.

  • Walking in snow, understanding the Hazards that go along with it.
  • Using an Ice Axe to increase safety
  • When and Why to use Crampons, and their use.
  • Self Arrest
  • Basic snow anchors
  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Arresting a crevasse fall

June 23- Field trip up on a glacier TBD

  • Understanding Glaciers and route finding
  • Roping up for Glacier Travel
  • Traveling as a team
  • Carry out a trip
  • Rope tricks for Crevasse rescue

June 24th - Technical crevasse rescue systems

  • Pulley systems
  • Rope ascension
  • Different systems and their advantages.
  • Wrap up and debrief

Topics may change due to weather, student ability and interests.


  • June 21st – Leave Edmonton after work and drive to campground and set up tents
  • June 22nd - June 24th See above details.
  • June 24th drive back to Edmonton after the course


We intend to camp at the Columbia Icefields Campground, or one near it. These sites are first come, first served with self-registration / payment made there.

Course Fees

$375.00. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, tenting fees (and share of the ACMGs tenting fee), and their food.

Gear / Supplies Required

Course Info Pack


Payment in full is required to secure your spot for this course. Should you be unable to attend the course, it is your responsibility to fill your spot / work out payments between you and whomever takes your spot. The individual taking your spot MUST BE SUITED TO THE COURSE.

In the event that the course is under filled (4 spots available in total) or if there are fewer attendees the course may be cancelled or course fees will go up based on the Guides rates. This will be discussed as a group. If the course is cancelled a full refund will be issued.

Registration Process

Please complete the registration form (available here for download) and email to Registration closes May 30th, 2018.

All participants will be required to fill out and sign an ACMG Waiver and the ACC Waiver AT THE COURSE where a copy of the waivers will be provided . The waivers should be reviewed in advance and understood prior to the course.


James Madden has spent the majority of his life playing in the mountains, with the last 11 years of that guiding clients around the world.  He is passionate about exploring the wilderness and having a great time while doing so.  Having grown up skiing and climbing, it was a natural progression to become a fully certified Mountain Guide. (ACMG/IFMGA). Baffin Island, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina are but a few places he has hung his hat. James also sits on the ACMG board of directors and actively participates in the progression of the guiding industry.