Intro to mountaineering!

Sky Pilot Peak is a fantastic introduction to mountaineering and alpine climbing. This trip is 1.5 days with the afternoon of the first day beginning at the Sea To Sky Gondola. The gondola will wisk you to 885m where the hike begins. It takes approximately 3 hours to hike to a small meadow with your bivi. The second day is spent climbing to the summit of Sky Pilot and hiking back to the gondola.

On the second day, you begin with breakfast and, of course coffee at camp then ascend a climbers trail across moraine to the Stadium glacier. Cross this small glacier to the West Ridge route and scramble fun 4th/5th class rock steps, including the “Pink Slab” to the summit.

The trip involves hiking, easy alpine rock climbing, and a small snowfield/glacier crossing. Along the way our guides will ensure your safety with ropes and harnesses. You will need your camera handy as the views are 360 degrees!



Looking up the stadium glacier to the west ridge



Day 1

Meet at Climb On Squamish at 3pm. Read and sign the waiver(s), check equipment, make last minute purchases then drive to the Sea To Sky Gondola. The approach hike takes 3 hours to the bivi. 

Day 2

Breakfast at 5am before beginning the climb at 6am. Takes 8 hours to climb the West Ridge route. Reverse the West Ridge route back to camp and pack up before heading back down to the gondola.

Plan to be back at the car by 5pm. 





Ratio 1:1 $999

Ratio 1:2 $699

Included: Sea To Sky Gondola access to trailhead (885m), group climbing gear, stove, pots, harness, helmets, guide, permits


Dates are flexible July - September. 

1.5 days



This trip is a good beginner alpine climb. Good physical conditioning and ability to scramble low 4th/5th class rock are the main requirements. Carrying overnight backcountry camping gear.


  • sticky rubber approach shoes

  • harness

  • helmet (climbing)

  • micro spikes

  • ice axe

  • 2 x locking carabiners

  • 1 x double length sling (1 x 120cm)

  • clothing (synthetic)

  • headlamp (extra batteries)

  • water bottle (2 x 1L platypus-type)

  • food (1 lunches, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner)

  • sleeping bag & foamy

  • bivi tent (ultralight 2.5 lbs)

  • personnel items (ie. bandaids, advil/tylenol, sunscreen, sun glasses, toothbrush, cup, spoon, bug repellant)

  • 50L climbing pack

Note: VMG will supply any equipment you do not have (except approach shoes).


Sky Pilot with fall colours


Climb Sky Pilot!

Experience the alpine of the Sea To Sky corridor with Vancouver Mountain Guides this summer. Sky Pilot Peak is an excellent introduction and beginner alpine climbing trip! The views from the top are panoramic with mountain peaks and ocean stretching as far as your eyes can see.