Camp Highlights

  • Learn how to ice climb with this entry level skills course
  • Explore arguably the world's #1 ice climbing destination
  • Develop skills with personalized coaching and a custom handbook
  • ACC Clubhouse accommodation available for a small additional fee

Dates & price

  •  Jan 18th-19th, 2020
  •  $295 per person

Learn how to Ice Climb Safely with Specialist Guide Sean Isaac

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.

And there's no better teacher than ice and mixed climbing legend (and ACMG alpine guide) Sean Isaac. Sean recently completed writing a new ACC Ice Climbing Leader Handbook (included with your course fee) and will lead two days of personalized instruction and hands-on coaching at a minimum guide to participant ratio of 8:1. 

If you're coming from outside the Bow Valley, why not top off your experience with a stay at our beautiful Canmore Clubhouse hostel accommodation which is available to participants for a small additional fee.

Camp Objectives

Learning Objectives


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
  • Ice anchors
  • V-threads
  • Trip preparation and planning

Climbing Objectives

Canmore is a world-class destination for ice climbing. Depending on what forms, regions that you may have a chance to sample include: 
  • King Creek
  • Wedge Smear 
  • Evan Thomas Creek
  • Haffner Creek
  • Bear Spirit
  • Johnston Canyon
  • Junkyards (Grassi Lake)
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • 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.
    • Day 1Meet your group and Sean at the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. at 7:00 am. We'll begin the course by quickly reviewing basic skills such as belaying and fitting crampons before swiftly moving on to the course learning objectives, starting with skills like efficient ice movement, screw placements and hazard awareness.
    • Day 2: Same meeting time and place. Today we'll step up the intensity of the learning and physical challenge with an option to try slightly steeper lines. The more advanced learning objectives will also be covered including skills like: resting positions, V-threads, trip planning.
Is this Camp For Me?
Entry Level

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!
Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Food is not provided on this camp. So please bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for each day. 

Accommodation

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 during online registration. If you need additional nights please call our reservations team on 403 678 3200.

For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.

Guiding

Our guide for this course is ice and mixed climbing legend Sean Isaac. Sean is an ACMG alpine guide and one of the most recognizable names in the Canadian ice and mixed climbing scene. Sean recently completed work on a new ice climbing handbook and training program for ACC trip leaders (his third publication) and we are confident there's no better mentor to help you get your ice climbing off to the right start.

  • “Sean Isaac is a fantastic guide and ran a great program. He is very positive and safety minded, and provided excellent coaching, encouragement and feedback.”
  • "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.”
- 2018/19 ACC Ice CAMP Participants -

Common Course destinations

More information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • 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

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 2 days guiding and instruction by ACMG alpine guides at maximum 8:1 ratios
  • All group gear including ropes, top-rope anchoring equipment etc.
  • ACC Ice Climbing Leader Handbook

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from field locations (participants are expected to carpool)
  • Accommodation is available at the ACC Clubhouse for an additional $30 per night
  • Meals and lunches
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Sean Isaac

Sean is an ACMG Alpine Guide, based out of Canmore AB. His passion for climbing is infectious and he has already helped many people improve their technique and push their grade. Sean is one of the leaders of the mixed climbing revolution in the Canadian Rockies and is the author of two books: How to Climb: Mixed Climbing, and Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies.

Credited with first ascents in the too-many-to-count range on ice, mixed and alpine routes, Sean has taken his talents on the road and has done alpine expeditions and big wall climbing internationally in Peru, Patagonia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Baffin Island. As a professional photographer he has captured many of his exploits for all to enjoy and his mixed climbing talents have been featured in the movies Higher Ground and Beyond Gravity. Sean is also the editor of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ).


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