The Alpine Club of Canada

Eisenhower Tower Climb

Come Discover Castle Hut and Climb Eisenhower Tower

Join Kris Irwin as you climb Eisenhower Tower and explore the terrain around Castle Mountain. If you are looking to get comfortable with longer multipitch routes or haven’t climbed many of the plethora of routes on Castle, why not do it with a local expert? Enjoy three days based at Castle Hut, a small climbing hut perched on Goat Plateau. First ascents of various routes on the Eisenhower Tower were completed in 1926.

With a 2:1 participant-to-guide ratio to facilitate fantastic multipitch climbing, you can explore the Castle with confidence. Don’t just look up at these iconic climbs of the Canadian Rockies as you drive past on the highway… stand on top of them!

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JULY 7 – 9, 2023

Price: $1,400 + TAX

Before registering, please review our Waivers and Liability page.


Please try to register online before calling. If you are having issues please try to have your emergency contact information and course questionnaire filled out before calling.

OR Call: (403)-678-3200 ext 213

Rock Climbing Hazards

  • Rockfall
    • Rockfall can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (Climbing/Scrambling/Hiking) 

What are the risks

    • Impact from a falling rock can result in injury or death and can also damage equipment such as ropes.

Hazard Mitigation

    • Our ACMG certified guides have experience and training to manage this risk
    • Your guide will ask you to put on a helmet when in the mountains
  • Terrain
    • Cornices
    • Crevasses
    • Trees, tree wells, and tree stumps
    • Creeks
    • Rocks and Boulders
    • Variable and difficult walking terrain
    • Impact or collision with other persons or objects
    • Encounters with domestic or wild animals
    • Contact with poisonous flora or fauna
    • Loss of balance or control
    • Slips, trips, and falls

Hazard Mitigation

    • Our ACMG certified guides have experience and training to manage this risk
    • Radios and/or other communication devices
  • Falls and belaying
    • Rock climbing present the risk of falling from the wall causing the climber to collide with the wall or ground 
    • There is also the risk of a belay failure, which can contribute to a ground fall

Hazard Mitigation

    • Your guide will review best belay practices with you or will control the belay
  • Communication, rescue, and medical treatment
    • Communication can be difficult and in the event of an accident rescue and treatment may not be available
    • Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment or transportation out of the field,
    • Alpine weather conditions can be extreme and change rapidly without warning making travel by helicopter
    • If an injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow

Hazard Mitigation

    • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
    • Satellite communication tools
  • Other
    • Slips trips and falls indoor or outdoor
    • Infectious disease contracted via direct or indirect contact, including but not limited to influenza or Covid-19
    • Equipment failure
    • Negligence of other persons, including other guests
    • Negligence of the guide Including failure to to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect you from or warn you of risk, dangers, hazards, oh participating in ACC activities

Hazard Mitigation

    • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
    • Emergency response plans
    • Satellite communication tools

Eisenhower tower

Day 1:
Meet in parking at 8:00 am (MST). Location will be emailed to you one week before the course start date. Here, the group will do introductions , review the plan for the day, go over equipment.
Approach the hut

Day 2:
Climb Eisenhower Tower, return to hut. (8-10hr day)

Day 3:
Hike Out


  • Strong Fitness for long days
  • Know how to Lead Belay
  • Be able to Second up to 5.6 with a daypack on
  • Previous multipitch experience
  • Able to Remove trade gear and clean anchors


We will be providing all food on the trip from Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 3. Prepared by backcountry specialists, you will be enjoying nutritious light weight food to keep you fueled and focused on the climbing.


Based out of the Castle Hut, your evenings will be spent with incredible views of the park.


This camp will ensure a maximum 2:1 participant to guide ratio to allow for multipitch climbing

The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!





If you don’t have everything on the gear list and aren’t ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

  • Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out GearUp in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!
  • Coming from Calgary? We recommend renting your gear from MEC, the University of Calgary Outdoors Center, or the Norseman.
  • Coming from the Revelstoke? Give Revelstoke Powder Rentals a try.


Kris is an ACMG Alpine Guide and lives in Banff with his wife Ellen and their daughters Aria and Annie. He is certified to lead all types of rock, ice, and mountain climbs and 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

We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips:


  • 3 days instruction by ACMG certified alpine guides at a 2:1 ratio
  • Food starting with dinner Day 1 and ending with lunch Day 3
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Castle Hut
  • Group gear such as ropes and first aid kit


  • Transportation to and from the field locations
  • Lunch day 1
  • Personal gear (see gear list)


  • Local Knowledge – based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources – full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit – any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community