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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Drytooling course in the Canadian Rockies!

Mixed climbing has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and this course is a great way to learn the skills to enjoy this style of winter climbing!

Drytooling & Mixed climbing courses

Winter 2021/22 Dates:
  • Nov 6-7th, 2021 (1 spot left)
  • Nov 20-21st, 2021 (4 spots left)
  • Jan 15-16th, 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: Drytooling lessons available year round. Mixed climbing available Dec - Apr.
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: At least a couple days of ice climbing experience. Rock climbing experience really helps as well! Participants should also be familiar with basic climbing skills such as belaying, and expect the climbing to be strenuous on the arms & upper body.

Learning to lead mixed climbs near Canmore.


Days 1 & 2 - An awesome two days of drytooling and mixed climbing in the Bow Valley! We will practice movement skills, clipping and dealing with gear, leading techniques, safety considerations, and of course do tons of climbing! Because the group size is so small it is not neccessary for everyone on the course to be at the exact same skill level, we will choose venues that have a variety of difficulties of climbs. The November dates may be drytooling both days since the routes with ice aren't always formed by then, but since that's the main focus anyways it wouldn't change what skills we learn.

Optional Day 3 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a discounted day of multipitch ice or mixed climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people. $450 for 1 person, $250 each for 2 people. There would be an additional fee for really long routes such as those on the Coire Dubh Wall. Please request this option in advance. See the[ice] page for more information on guided ascents.

Mixed climbing lessons in the Bow Valley, Alberta.

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
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - - Canmore, Alberta, Canada