Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - Mountaineering and Climbing in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.

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Box 40087
Canmore, Alberta
T1W 3H9

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Melt Out - a Jasper classic Ice Climbers on Melt Out near the Columbia Icefields
This beautiful climb is a great place to experience your first ice climbing. The bottom ice step allows you to learn the basics and practice your climbing technique. Once you've gotten the hang of things, the three pitch climb to the top will provide a great afternoon of climbing. The views of the nearby peaks at the Columbia Icefields are stunning.

Location: Between Jasper and the Columbia Icefields. 2.5 hours from Canmore, 45min from Jasper.
Length: 100m
Grade: 3
Logistics: Jasper or the Rampart Creek Hostel are the best places to base for this climb. This climb can be done with groups of up to 3 people, making it the perfect outing for small groups of friends. No previous climbing experience is neccessary.

First Multipitch Ice Climb - Melt Out

Other Nearby Routes

  • Shades of Beauty WI4, 120m
  • Kerkeslin Falls - WI3+, 4 or 5 pitches
  • Malign Canyon - WI2 to WI 5 - 20m to 30m

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
Learning to Multipitch Ice Climb in Melt Out