Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - Climb Castle Mountain near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.

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Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9


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Castle Mountain Blog postings:
Eisenhower Tower (Jun 2009)
Eisenhower Tower (July 2009)
Super Brewers (Aug 2012)
Guided climbs on Castle Mountain Eisenhower Tower and Brewers Butress on Castle Mtn

Elevation: 2766m
Location: Between Banff and Lake Louise. 40 minutes from Canmore, 20 minutes from Lake Louise.
Season: mid May - late September.
Logistics: This mountain is climbed as a day trip from any of the surrounding towns, or even from Calgary.

Climber on Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain

Eisenhower Tower (II 5.4)


Length of Day: 10 - 13 hours
Max Group Size: 2
Prerequisites: At least one day of outdoor rock climbing experience including rappelling.

The classic route on the mountain. This climb makes an excellent first alpine rock climbing experience. It involves a bit of scrambling, some exciting ridge climbing, a 250m headwall of rock climbing, and a number of rappells on the descent. Although the climbing is never very difficult, you will be challenged by the length of the day and the magnificent exposure.

Eisenhower Tower Route on Castle Mountain


Brewers Buttress (II 5.6)


Length of Day: 10 - 14 hours OR 2 days.
Max Group Size: 1 for single day ascents, 2 for two day ascents.
Prerequisites: A few days of rock climbing experience including rappelling. At least one previous multipitch rock climb is highly recommended. Good fitness.

A somewhat longer and more difficult climb than Eisenhower Tower, this route also offers excellent rock climbing throughout. This climb is also available as a 2 day ascent as there is a hut on the giant plateau half way up the mountain.

Climbers on Brewer's Buttress


Ultra Brewers (III 5.9)


Length of Day: 8 - 12 hours
Max Group Size: 1
Prerequisites: The ability to comfortably follow at least 5.9 rock climbing. Prior multipitch rock climbing experience required.

This route ascends the lower tier of Castle mountain and climbs some of the best rock on the peak. The crux climbing is up thin cracks on a smooth face of excellent dolomite.


Super Brewers (III 5.9)


Length of Day: 12 - 16 hours
Max Group Size: 1
Prerequisites: The ability to comfortably follow at least 5.9 rock climbing. Prior multipitch rock climbing experience required. High level of fitness.

This massive and excellent rock climb is the link-up of Brewers Buttress and Ultra Brewers. It makes for 20 pitches of rock climbing and a very long day.

Guided Climbs of Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain


Gear List

Group gear such as ropes and carabiners will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. The personal gear listed below is mandatory. Please inform us well in advance if you need to borrow any of these items. Items that are not available for loan must be rented or purchased. Rental and purchase information can be found here.
  • Small Pack (about 30 litres) - available for loan
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rock Climbing Shoes (optional for Eisenhower, mandatory for the other routes)
  • Harness - available for loan
  • Helmet - available for loan
  • Overnight Gear including Sleeping Bag if doing a 2 day ascent.
  • Sweater/Fleece
  • Rain Jacket or Goretex/Softshell Jacket
  • Rain Pants or Goretex/Softshell Pants
  • Light Gloves
  • Toque
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottles (2 litres)
  • Lunch
Rappelling off of Castle Mountain
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG) - info@cdnalpine.com - Canmore, Alberta, Canada