Ascending Burnie Glacier 2014 by Sarah Tory

Sawback Alpine Adventures

Mountaineering and Adventuring since 1995

Featured Trips, Winter 2018:

    Burnie Glacier Chalet - Feb 2-9, 2018 - FULL, Waiting List available - Guides: Christoph Dietzfelbinger, Tom Wolfe
    Yoho Traverse - March 17-22, 2018 - $1650 - 8 spots, 6 available - Bow Hut to Guy Hut To Stanley Mitchell. Guides: TBA
    "Old School" Nirvana Pass Ski Camp - March 18-24, 2018 - $1800/person - 8 spots, 8 available - Rustic fly-in wilderness ski camp in this legendary Coast Range ski mountaineering zone, with heated kitchen and dry tents, no cook (self-catered, guided), guests provide own tents. Guides: TBA
    Deluxe Nirvana Pass Ski Camp - April 14-19, 2018 - $2250/person - 8 spots, 6 available - Deluxe fly-in wilderness ski camp in this legendary Coast Range ski mountaineering zone, with heated kitchen and dry tents, and guest tents provided. Fully catered and guided. Guides: Tom Wolfe, Cook & second guide: TBA
    Sorcerer Lodge - April 22-29, 2018 - $2300/person - 14 Spots, 5 available. Luxury lodge in the Canadian Rockies fully guided/catered. Enjoy spring skiing and mountaineering at its finest. Guides: Ian Kirschner, Tom Wolfe; Cook: Michelle Heerschop

Prices do not include 5%GST

Custom Trips offered

  • Rock and ice climbing (easy intro routes to high-end technical climbing)
  • Ski touring (single day, multi-day, hut and tent-based expeditions)
  • Instruction (avalanche skills, rock and ice climbing, glacier travel, rock rescue, climbing technique)
  • Mountain hiking (single and multi-day)
  • Helicopter-accessed climbing and skiing
  • Availability 2017-18

    I am fully booked into the Winter 2018 season. See course listings above for openings. Limited last minute availability might be possible, so feel free to contact me just in case. I am already taking bookings for the Winter 2019 and 2020 seasons.

    Photos of Trips

    Here are links to a couple of photo albums from the trips I have guided at Burnie Glacier Chalet:

    See this great slideshow from my last Bugs-Beaver/Duncan traverse in 2012 with Conrad Janzen (IFMGA).


    I started Sawback in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then I've expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine.

    Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe, who is an ACMG Mountain Guide and member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).

    How can I book a trip?

    Email us or phone us to enquire about a trip you'd like to do. We'll offer suggestions and find you a guide for the days you're interested in.

    Are you a Guide's Service?

    Sawback is primarily a small one-man operation. While there are guides who work with large operations in Western Canada there is also a small, co-operative community of independent guides who pass work they can't do on to others who can. If I can't join you in your mountain adventure I will refer you to another independent mountain guide who will.

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