Colwest Alpine Adventures

Avalanche Skills Training - Mountaineering / Hiking Camps


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AST - Level 1 /

 AST - Level 2 /

 Companion Rescue Skills(refresher)

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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"

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Customer Comments

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!


Favourite Characteristics of the camp for Mary Ann:
Beyond the location, tech.climbing and comraderie, I liked:
the hot shower
the gourmet food
the individual tents
the potties
the personal wake up call every morning by Brad Harrison!

Of course, I cannot neglect to mention, that the Guides were spectacular. I just love that Kir and Peter; and getting to know Alex and Chris was very lovely as well.

Hard to improve on this camp; as there were different and interesting objectives every day.

Mary Ann

Hi Brad
I absolutely loved the camp, and am definitely keen to come back again. Next time I will have a better idea of what to expect, in terms of preparing myself for it.

I liked the guide/client ratio at this camp - we were lucky, with only 11 "campers" - but what was nice, was the opportunity for folks to go off and do different trips, depending on their interest, fitness level, experience etc. I also liked the Snow School (have never done anything like that before) and especially the Rock School.


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.


New - 2015 BMC Info - Gothics/Adamant Group - Check here 

          2015 BMC Brochure - View Here   

 I am pleased to announce the location of the fourth annual Boutique Mountaineering Camp!  Please join us in the remote Gothics area of the Selkirk Mountains.

2014 BMC Info - Mt Conrad, Purcell Mtns

Guest photos from the Mt Conrad BMC

Photos of the Mt. Conrad Area                                     

Latest News

Looking for a different backcountry experience? How about something refreshingly new and tailor-made? Logistics and settings for the adventure you want! Check out the brand new 2015 mountaineering camp brochure. Experience the beauty of our pristine mountains by foot. There are hikes and scrambles for those not seeking a climbing or mountaineering experience. Travel through rich landscapes, past glistening lakes to spectacular mountain summits.

Sugarplum-Hatteras Range – Purcell Mountains info!

The 2013 camp was held in the spectacular and remote Sugarplum-Hatteras area of the Purcell Mountains. Our low client – guide ratio, 2-3 clients per guide, allows us a lot of flexibility with climbing objectives.

I thought the camp was excellent. I thought the location was spectacular. Camping at the base of the glacier with a stream running through camp made downtime more enjoyable.  Staff were friendly and fun to talk to as was the group.  Length was ideal. Food was of course fantastic. Daily routine was great. 

Thanks for a great time!!


Hi Brad- thanks for an amazing week! Loved the experience. The camp set up was great and having fantastic meals and access to a shower was a bonus. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the choices for what we could do each day. Also- the staff was amazing- you chose an excellent team!