Take your adventure to a new level on our Swiss’t Up program where we will spend 4 days in Rogers Pass located in BC between the town sites of Golden and Revelstoke. This area is known for great climbing and skiing and a must-visit venue. From our tent-style basecamp in the Hermit Meadows campground, we are perfectly situated to take in the true Rogers Pass feel and scope out the surrounding peaks. Peaks like Mt. Tupper and the Swiss Peaks for example; hence the name, Swiss’t Up. In addition to being a great climbing location, Rogers Pass is also extra special because it’s rich history with the Canadian Pacific Railway, completed in 1885, which connected the country from coast to coast. A feat that wasn’t without tragedy, as the 1910 Rogers Pass Avalanche can attest to, which is Canada’s worst avalanche disaster. Fortunately, the avalanche scene is much different nowadays as Rogers Pass is home to the largets mobile avalanche program in the world. Parks Canada and the DND (Department of National Defense) work together to keep the pass safe for traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway Mainline. Again, Rogers Pass is a special place to be.
The main focus of the Swiss’t Up program is to take newer and intermediate mountaineers onto the glacier and then onto the surrounding peaks, where there will be learning sessions on the topics of glacier travel and crevasse rescue, to name a couple. The additional goal is to try our luck on the local mountains and push to their summits. Having a great time in a relaxed and educational setting, where questions are encouraged, is all a part of the program. Unlike another classic intro to mountaineering programs where the topics are regimentally laid out, this program, in contrast, has a great amount of flexibility built into it and we are able to cater quite directly to your needs. By the end of the course, we will have summited a couple peaks (conditions and weather dependent), traveled through glaciated terrain and taught the preferred methods of how to do so, spent some time going over the details of crevasse rescue with time for practice, and negotiated steeper snow slopes, and some rock ridges. All that may not sound like a lot, but trust us as it will be. Each topic has my details and they need to be thoroughly broken down since courses like these are the foundation of your mountaineering careers. This is a great course for less experienced mountaineers to learn how to manage terrain and make good decisions, which is the basis of safety in the mountains.
After the course, it is our expectation that you will leave with a great sense of understanding and fulfillment on how mountaineering works; both as a general statement and an in-depth knowledge. At Ridgeline, we look at each of our programs as a way to bring up the recreational standard through a positive atmosphere through sharing with our guests our personal and professional learning experiences. We want you to come away from our courses well educated and able to make the right decisionsin any situations.