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.
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.
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 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.
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 -
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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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Not content to confine your climbing to indoor plastic during the winter months? This course with legendary guide Sean Isaac is for you!