Tired of restricting your climbing to gym plastic each winter? Or always wanted to get into this cool sport but intimidated and not sure where to start? Whether it’s placing ice screws, using tools and crampons efficiently or assessing hazards, our entry level ice climbing course will teach the necessary skills to kickstart your ice climbing journey.
An ACMG certified instructor will deliver two days of personalized instruction and hands-on coaching at a minimum guide to participant ratio of 6:1. You will also receive an ACC Ice Climbing Leader Handbook
If you’re coming from outside the Bow Valley, why not top off your experience with a stay at our beautiful Canmore Clubhouse hostel.
DECEMBER 16TH- 17TH, 2023
Price: $450 + TAX
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
Core skills you can expect to develop on this camp include:
Selection and use of ice climbing equipment such as crampons and tools
Introduction to effective ice climbing clothing and layering systems
Efficient ice movement technique
Ice screw placements and stances
Hazard awareness and route selection
Trip preparation and planning
Canmore is a world-class destination for ice climbing. Depending on what forms, regions that you may have a chance to sample include:
Evan Thomas Creek
Junkyards (Grassi Lake)
This camp is designed for people with either no or very limited ice climbing experience. However, you should have at least basic rope handling skills from rock or indoor climbing e.g. tie-in knots, belaying methods, clipping quickdraws etc.
You will need to provide your own personal equipment e.g. boots, crampons, tools etc. but don’t worry if you haven’t purchased these yet. Gear Up in Canmore can rent you everything you need and ACC members get a 10% discount!
To keep the cost of this camp as low as possible for you, food is not provided on this camp. Be sure to bring along a packed lunch and your favourite snack to fuel the field day!
Accommodation is not included in this course.
We have a dedicated team of instructors (below) who are excited to provide you with knowledge to start of your backcountry experiences safely. We want to provide the best possible learning experience and give you maximum opportunity to ask questions. So for our field day on Day 3, we bring in an extra guide/instructor where necessary to keep participant-to-guide ratios below a maximum of 6:1.
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
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