Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - Mountaineering and Climbing in Alberta's Rocky Mountains

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Box 40087
Canmore, Alberta
T1W 3H9

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Curtain Call, a Canadian Hard Ice Classic Ice Climbers on Curtain Call

This famous climb along the Icefields Parkway is one of the most sought after grade 6 routes in the Rockies. After a short "warmup pitch" of WI5, a long and exciting pitch of vertical snow/ice mushrooms brings us to the final pillar. This final pillar will challenge even the most fit ice climbers with it's dead vertical nature and few places to rest. Sometimes there is even a small ice roof to surmount at the top. This climb does not form every year, but when it does it is not to be missed!

Location: Between Jasper and the Columbia Icefields. 2.5 hours from Canmore, 45 minutes from Jasper.
Length: 125m
Grade: WI 6
Logistics: Curtain Call is guided with a 1:1 guide to guest ratio only.

Rappelling down Curtain Call after a guided ascent of this Rockies classic ice climb.

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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
  • Ice Climbing/Mountaineering Boots
  • Crampons - available for loan
  • 2 Ice Climbing Axes - available for loan
  • Harness - available for loan
  • Helmet - available for loan
  • Sweater/Fleece
  • Winter Jacket or Goretex/Softshell Jacket
  • Winter Pants or Goretex/Softshell Pants
  • Long Underwear
  • Gloves (2 pairs)
  • Toque
  • Sunglasses (important!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Gaitors (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water Bottles (1 or 2 litres)
  • Lunch with lots of snacks

Ice climbing up the first pitch of Curtain Call with the final pillar visible way up high!