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

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Mountaineering trips in the Canadian Rockies & Columbia Mountains
Rock climbing lessons, courses, and multipitch ascents.
Ice climbing guides & courses in the Rockies of Alberta & BC.


Box 40087
Canmore, Alberta
T1W 3H9

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Professor Falls Blog postings:
March 2010
Feb 2010
Feb 2013
Professor Falls, a famous ice climb on Mt Rundle near Banff, Alberta.

Professor Falls on Mt. Rundle from below the route.

Location: Banff, Alberta. 15 minutes from Canmore.
Length: 280m
Grade: WI4
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 Professors Falls.

Professor Falls is tucked into a steep, narrow, gully on Mount Rundle (the mountain that runs from Canmore to Banff). The climb consists of numerous steps of fun ice climbing separated by short snow slopes. The last pitch is the steepest and best part of the climb! Although this climb has a fairly long approach, the effort is well worth it! This climb is a favourite among many grade 4 ice climbers and should be on everyones tick-list.

J. Mills - CRAG's head guide, on the lower pitches of Professor Falls.

Other Nearby Routes

  • Cascade Falls - WI3, 300m
  • Grotto Canyon - WI3 & 4, 20m - 55m
  • Louise Falls - WI4+, 110m
  • and literally hundreds more...
J. Mills during a guided ice climb of Proffessor Falls, a Bow Valley classic.

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
Ice climber on the last pitch of Professor Falls near Banff.