Are you already comfortable ice climbing but lack the confidence to start leading routes independently? No matter your background, our Learn to Lead course will teach you the required skills. Many experienced climbers will tell you that when it comes to safety, it is important to get into the right habits from day 1. Taking this Learn to Lead course will ensure just that. Get professional orientation to the spectacular ice climbing in the Bow Valley and kick off your lead-climbing career right this winter with the ACC!
If you’re coming from outside the Bow Valley, why not top off your experience with a stay at our beautiful Canmore Clubhouse hostel. Please check with our front desk team directly for availability and bookings – 403.678.3200 ext. 300
Please note that due to the serious nature of lead ice climbing, not all participants will be lead climbing during the course. Safely leading ice takes multiple seasons, and your guide will work with you developing these skills during this two-day course.
JANUARY: 27TH-28TH 2024
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:
Canmore is a world-class destination for ice climbing. Depending on what forms, regions that you may have a chance to sample include:
Each day will begin with a meeting at the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. on Main Street (8th St), Canmore. This will allow you to grab some breakfast and/or lunch and arrange carpooling to the day’s climbing area. Climbing areas will change daily and are determined by the guide(s) with the consideration of input from participants.
While there are plenty of teaching opportunities during the week, this camp is designed for people with 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.
If you have more limited ice climbing experience, contact us to find out whether this camp or our entry-level Intro to Ice Climbing course is more appropriate for you.
Food is not provided on this camp. So please bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for each day.
As this course is offered out of Canmore, we welcome all participants to stay at the beautiful ACC Clubhouse and enjoy the remote atmosphere that surrounds our location. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, it’s the perfect place to relax in the evenings after your climbing. You can reserve your room for the nights of the course by calling our reservations team on 403 678 3200.
For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.
Our guide for this course is an experienced Ice and Mixed climber Kris Irwin, who has completed several first assents and routes in the Rookies. He is most comfortable climbing winter ice and mixed routes on formidable peaks in Canada during the winter months.
The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!
Gear and Rentals
Don’t have everything on the gear list (found on the right hand side of this webpage)? We recommend heading to Gear Up in Canmore to grab any items your might be missing. To ensure availability of items call ahead to book. ACC members get a 10% discount.
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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