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

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Box 40087
Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Dec 2012

Ice Climbing Skills Clinics - Lead Climbing, Anchor Building, Movement Skills!

If you have done a fair bit of ice climbing and want to advance your skills on steeper ice & mixed routes, this course is designed for you! Very small group sizes (max 4) allows us to provide instruction that matches your skill and ambition level and provides a highly enjoyable weekend for all.

Ice Climber lead climbing near Banff in the Canadian Rockies.


  • Nov 27-28th, 2021 (1 spot left)
  • Dec 4-5th, 2021 (2 spots left)
  • Feb 12-13th, 2022 (4 spots left)
Cost: $375 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 4
Meeting Spot & Time: 7:30am in Canmore (details will be sent out to all participants well in advance)
Custom Dates: Available December - Early April for groups of 1 to 8. Inquire for pricing.
To Register:
  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to book your spot on this course with the remainder due 4 weeks prior to start date. E-mail us ( and we will provide you with an electronic invoice which can be paid by credit card, e-transfer, cheque, or PayPal.
Prerequisites: A number of previous days of ice climbing experience up to WI4. Participants must also be comfortable with basic climbing skills such as belaying & rappelling. If you are unsure about your readiness for this course, please send us an e-mail and we can help you decide. The Intermediate Ice Courses may be a better choice if you have only ice climbed a handful of times or aren't sure about your ability to climb steeper routes.
Ice Climber learning to place screws on an advanced ice climbing course


Days 1 & 2 - On this course your guide will strive to provide instruction that is most relevant to your skill level. The exact agenda will depend on experience levels and conditions, but there will be 2 full days of climbing in the Canmore, Banff and/or Kananaskis areas. The focus will be on steep ice & mixed climbing skills, with lots of opportunities to practice steep ice movement techniques, anchor building, screw placements, mixed climbing, multipitch skills, gear selection & maintenance, and just about anything else you would like to learn!

Optional Day 3 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a discounted day of multipitch climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people. $450 for 1 person, $250 each for 2 people. After the weekend course, you and the guide can discuss options and choose a route to fit your skills and ambitions, but popular choices would include Professor Falls, Guinness Gully, Bridge Too Far, and Moonlight & Snowline. Very long days such as Coire Dubh Intergral, Murchison Falls, Polar Circus, etc would have an additional cost. Please request this option in advance. See the[ice] page for more information on guided ascents.

Gear List

Group gear such as ropes, ice tools, and carabiners will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. You can either bring your own personal gear or borrow most items from us at no charge. Please just let us know if you would like to borrow anything for the course. Ice Climbing Boots and clothing is not available for loan and must be rented or purchased. Rental and purchase information can be found here.
  • Ice Climbing Boots
  • Small Pack (about 30 litres) - available for loan
  • Crampons - 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
  • Water Bottle/Thermos
  • Lunch
learning to lead climb on ice in the Banff area