Multipitch Ice Camp 2018

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: Jan. 6 - 9, 2018
  • Adventure Rates: Price coming soon!

Step up your game

The Canadian Rockies are famous for spectacular, long multipitch ice routes. Whether it’s right in your backyard or a dream destination, our brand new multipitch ice camp is designed to get you climbing on as many classic Rockies ice lines as possible in your four-day camp.

The camp is based out of the HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre, catering to a variety of budgets and tastes. Bill Peyto’s Cafe right in the hostel is an affordable (and tasty) place to catch up with your guides in the evening over a burger and beer. For guests on a budget, the hostel has a fully serviced kitchen so that you can make your own food. Guests can also treat themselves at the Post Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise, or any of the other world-class restaurants in the area.

Lake Louise provides easy access to climbs in Field (Guinness Gulley, Pilsnar Pillar, Carlsberg Column); Lake Louise (Louise Falls); and the Icefields Parkway. The excellent guide-client ratio means a choose-your-own-adventure camp: guests will split into small groups, and (conditions permitting) can choose anything from further away, classic lines to an easy cragging day or rest day at in Lake Louise. Guests and guides will be expected to find their own transportation to Lake Louise, and carpool to the day’s climbing objectives.

 

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Photo by Kris Irwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Slider pictures by Evan Southern, Kris Irwin, Eric Hsiung, Kathrin Koslicki

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet at the Lake Louise Hostel. Cragging day to review safety, rope handling, and technique.
  • Day 2-3 – The group will split into small groups: 1-2 people per guide. Explore a new area, check out the new bucket list addition you saw from the road, or let our experienced guides take you where the ice is best!
  • Day 4 – Climb in small groups, then rest your aching arms on the trip home.

Gear, Food, Lodging

Included:

  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • All group gear
  • Accommodation at HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Wrap-up dinner on Day 3

Participants must provide:

  • Daily transportation to/from the climbing areas (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
  • All other meals, except for the two group meals
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)

Level of Difficulty


While there are plenty of teaching opportunities during the week, this camp is designed for people with at least basic rope handling skills and some experience climbing waterfall ice. If you consider yourself any level of “intermediate” ice climber, and you have a strong desire to take your game to the next level, this camp was designed with you in mind. Participants should have a good level of fitness, and be prepared for long climbing days.

From past Early Season Ice participants

Photo by Mark Locki

Photo by Mark Locki

“The course covered everything I had hoped would be covered. I got to lead…, I got to climb steep ice (a lot), I got coaching on how to climb steep ice. I learned how to dry tool. I learned new techniques in belaying, rapping, leading, anchor systems, etc.”

– Past Ice Camp Participant

“The best for me was adding the new skill set of dry tooling and mixed climbing. I also appreciated that Sean worked to challenge me and increase my skill level.”

– Past Ice Camp Participant

“To me the guides stood out as the best thing. It was my first time using hired guides and I wasn’t sure how relaxed I would be with them. It was like having a very experienced friend hanging out and having fun safely.”

– Past Ice Camp Participant

ACC Progression Camps

Finished this camp and haven’t had enough? Look to the camps below to continue your learning and exploring with The Alpine Club of Canada.

More camps coming soon!

 

Early Season Ice Camp 2016 Staff

  • Kris Irwin

    Kris Irwin

    Kris is an ACMG Alpine Guide. He lives in Banff with his wife Ellen, daughter Aria, and their dog Ruby.
    Kris is certified to lead all types of rock, ice, and mountain climbs. He has been climbing in the mountains at home and abroad since 2004. Although he feels most at home on the classic ice climbs in the Rockies he has also made several first ascents in Alaska in the past few years.
    Kris is one of the most active waterfall ice climbing guides in the winter and in the summer can be seen leading guests throughout the Rockies, Bugaboos and Rogers Pass.  An excellent instructor and personable guide, Kris always gets rave reviews from his guests