Colwest Alpine Adventures

Avalanche Skills Training - Mountaineering / Hiking Camps

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AST - Level 1 /

 AST - Level 2 /

 Companion Rescue Skills(refresher)

View our Avalanche Skills Training Brochure for 2016/17            

The courses focus on understanding, recognizing & avoiding
avalanche hazards. We focus on terrain recognition, basic snow pack
structure, weather, safe route finding & avalanche rescue techniques.

"Together we have over 30 years of ski guiding and work in the
avalanche industry"

Contemplating a line in the Selkirks

Rainbow over the BMC Basecamp at Houston Lake

Setting up a rappel on Mt. Forecastle, basecamp in the background

Customer Comments

Hi Brad,


I wanted to send a note to thank you and your team for the incredible experience last week. It was my first BMC, and my first mountaineering camp of any kind, and I was blown away by the hospitality, opportunity and beauty of what you have created. The food was exceptional – Charlotte did an incredible job and I miss her food already. Your guides made me feel welcome, safe and encouraged fun. I wanted to give a particular shout out to Matt, who always makes any objective enjoyable and a great learning experience – he taught me a lot; to the younger Alex, who showed incredible technical and guest skills; and Monte, who made a difficult day for me so much easier. I would return in a heartbeat if these individuals were on your roster again.


What you created with the camp and the experience is second to none, Brad. Thank you for all of your hard work, attention to detail, and good care. Stefan and I will definitely be back.

Jennifer

Hi Brad,

The climbing at this year's camp was the hardest I have experienced through the 3 BMCs and 8 Alpine Club GMCs that I have attended. Mt. Wotan and the Toadstool were the most technical routes that we have done. We were challenged, rewarded and felt totally safe at all times, the guides did a great job. I'm glad that we were able to pull it off, looking forward to next year.

Doug

Hi Brad,

Thanks so much for your email and yet another amazing week at the BMC. Like I said to you when we were up there it was the highlight of my summer. Thanks for all of the amazing work you put into it!

Eric

“Brad, take care, and thanks for all your efforts. I know how simple you make the complexity of a wilderness camp appear. There’s so much work behind the scenes and you’re the guy that knows how to do it.”

Trish

Hi Brad,

I learned so much during your course and had a fantastic time. I am certain you will see me next year for the AST 2 course!

Megan

Hi Brad,
I had a great time at the camp--what made it special for me was the location, the small group of people, the guides and private time as well as mingling with others. I loved the luxury of the hot shower. You were incredibly attentive to detail and making sure everyone was looked after. The meals were perhaps too sumptuous.

I will definitely attend the camp next year and will encourage more people to come.

Bibiana

Latest News - For more information, click here

Location of the 2017 BMC has been announced. Thanks to the BMC participants for sending in their preferences. It wasn't really a close vote. Mt. Alexandra, in the Canadian Rockies, will be the location of next summer's Boutique Mountaineering Camp. Book now and save your spot. If you have any questions please call 250-819-9774

Check out some amazing photos taken by Holly Louwerse. Holly won a "gear testimonial" contest put on by True Outdoors. Her pics are truly remarkable. Thx Holly.


Information about the 2016 BMC held at Moby Dick can be  found here

 

Brad

Thank you so much for an incredible week at camp! It was the highlight of our summer. Also very nice to get out on a couple of outings with you this time! It was a week with lots of laughs and good stories. The great climbing, guides and leaders, the stellar views, the perfect campsite, awesome swimming, and exceptional food all added to make a memorable experience.

Kinga


Hi Brad!

As a first-time BMC’er, I went into this not really knowing what to expect… and I was blown away by the level of organization and professionalism presented by the crew.

Thanks so much for providing the opportunity to build new mountain skills and share adventures with some truly amazing people! Can’t wait for next year…

Lorian


Hi Brad,

Just wanted to say thanks so much for the great week at BMC. The thought, care, and immense amounts of work you put into every last little detail of the camp was apparent every step of the way, and deeply appreciated. I was so impressed with the professionalism, knowledge, kindness, and patience of the guides we had for the week.

All were keen to teach (I learned so much!), and their passion for the mountains and the work they do was obvious. The food was amazing, and Charlotte was fun, helpful, and great to have around.

Fiona


Hi Brad,

Thank you for a wonderful camp! The climbing was spectacular, I loved your guides, and the whole camp was so well run and organized and pleasant!  And most of all, thanks so much for looking out for me!!

Mechthild