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

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Mountaineering guiding throughout Western Canada
Rock climbing trips & courses in the Bow Valley
More waterfall ice climbing routes and instruction in the Canadian Rockies


Box 40087
Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Cascade Falls, a famous ice climb above Banff that is great for beginner climbers. Cascade Falls, a popular multipitch ice climb in the Bow Valley, Alberta.

Cascade falls is undoubtably the most looked at climb in the Rockies and is obvious to everyone as they drive by the turnoff to Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is an excellent climb that gets lots of sun, is a few pitches long, and offers moderate climbing throughout. This route has been hundreds of ice climbers first multipitch climb and is justifiably popular. The climb lies in a large avalanche path so it is only safe during periods of good snow stability, but if the snow conditions don't allow an ascent of Cascade, there are lots of other great climbs in the area to do too!

Location: Banff, Alberta. 15 minutes from Canmore.
Length: 300m
Grade: WI3
Logistics: Canmore is a great place to base out of for climbing in the area. Up to 2 guests can join a guide for an ascent of Cascade Falls.

Other Nearby Ice Routes

  • Proffessor Falls - WI4, 280m
  • Grotto Canyon - WI3 & 4, 20m - 55m
  • Louise Falls - WI4+, 110m
  • and literally hundreds more...

Ice Climbing 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. Please feel free to e-mail or call with any questions about gear to bring or purchase, we are happy to help you come well prepared.
  • 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 or Balaclava
  • Gaitors (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water Bottles (2 litres)
  • Lunch with lots of snacks