Ice Climbing

BEGINNER EXPERIMENTAL ICE CLIMBING

Experience an ice Climbing lesson for families, individuals and groups. The best ice climbing in the world is found in the Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. Waterfall ice climbing is an unbelievably exhilarating sport and we invite you to experience it for the first time with Yamnuska’s ice climbing guides. We offer full and half day lessons. Experience this fun and active sport under the guidance and instruction of professionally certified guides.

Our full and half day ice climbing lessons are ideal for groups or individuals. This is a fun family or group activity that is designed to challenge you but leave you wanting more ice! We provide all of the equipment so you just show up, get fitted with gear and we go climb some ice. This tour will appeal to anyone looking for an active winter adventure. We consistently hear that an ice climbing lesson from us is the highlight of a trip to the Canadian Rockies.

All guides and instructors are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and are among the best in their field. In addition to technical excellence they are great communicators and coaches. They are members of a guiding team that shares current conditions and technical tips on a daily basis. Staff training and mentoring by our most senior guides ensures uniformly high standards for all of our guides. This is unmatched in the industry. Located in Canmore, Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies Ice we have extensive experience as ice climbing guides for virtually every ice route in western Canada.

Ice Climbing Half Day

Departure Starting at 7:30AM or 12:00PM, any day of the week based on availability.

Climbing area is at the "Junkyards"(Grassi Lakes) in Canmore only.

Price: Ranges from $475.00 per person to $165.00 per person depending on group size

Price Includes: Alpine Guide, boots, ice tools, crampons, harness,  and helmet

Does Not include: Transportation or food

Maximum 6 ppl per Guide

*5% GST not included in Price

Price: $165 - $475

Ice Climbing Full Day

Departure Starting at 8:30AM, any day of the week based on availability.

Climbing area is at the "Junkyards"(Grassi Lakes), King Creek, Grotto Canyon, Johnston Canyon, Haffner Creek 

Price: Ranges from $200.00 to $595.00 depending on group siz

Price Includes: Alpine Guide, boots, ice tools, crampons, harness,  and helmet

Does Not include: Transportation or food

Maximum 6 ppl per Guide

*5% GST not included in Price

Price: $200 - $595

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What you need to bring

Lunch & Snacks

These are not included save by special arrangement. Make sure you bring plenty of high-energy snacks plus plenty to drink. A Thermos with a hot drink is a good idea.

Clothing & Equipment List

Technical equipment is included in the price.

There can be  periods of inactivity in very cold temperatures. Don’t be afraid to bring too much! We suggest bringing light clothing of varying thicknesses that can be ‘layered’ to achieve comfort and versatility. The most important consideration for clothing is the ability to regulate temperature as you change from periods of activity to periods of rest. Cotton clothing is not appropriate as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. Ski wear works well.

We suggest you bring:

  • Long underwear (top & bottom), synthetic or wool.

  • Warm pants (pref. insulated or fleece)

  • Warm shirt (not cotton)

  • Fleece Jacket (heavyweight)

  • Insulated jacket or vest

  • Waterproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or nylon)

  • Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or nylon)

  • Socks (wool outer & polypro liner)

  • Wool or fleece hat that will cover ears & fit under helmet

  • Waterproof climbing gloves &/or mitts plus spares.

  • Knee-length Gaiters

  • Neck tube.

  • Daypack (large enough for spare clothing, your lunch & climbing gear e.g. rope & crampons).

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermos flask and/or water bottle (full!)

  • Sun cream

If bringing your own gear you will need to bring: (We will supply if you do not have your own)

  • Mountaineering boots (plastic or synthetic)

  • Crampons (Must fit your boots or be easily adjustable)

  • Climbing Harness

  • Climbing Helmet

  • Ice tools

Meeting Place & Time

Unless otherwise specified we will meet you at the Yamnuska office at 200, 50 Lincoln Park, Canmore.  See this map for location. The meeting time will be set when you make your booking.  Generally half day programs begin at 7:30am and 12:00pm.  Full day programs begin at 7:30am.

Transportation

Transportation is not usually included but may be available on certain days. Clients generally provide transportation for the guide. If there is a vehicle available, Yamnuska can provide transportation for a pick-up in Banff ($75) or Canmore ($50) with additional fuel surcharges being added on for climbing locations anywhere other than the “Junkyards”. For larger groups requiring a 15 passenger van transportation charges will be greater.  Please inquire with the Yamnuska office staff.

For insurance reasons guides cannot transport clients. We suggest you rent a car while in the area. If a guide has to drive beyond Canmore to meet you for the climb additional fuel charges apply.

Park Entry Fees

If climbing in Banff, Kootenay, Yoho or Jasper National parks daily entry fees apply. These are approximately $10/day per client and can be obtained on entry.

Accommodation

Most people stay in Canmore if here to ice climb, this is most convenient. Tour Canmore works with a variety of hotels and lodges in the area. Call the office for more details. Otherwise you can stay in Banff or Lake Louise. In this case you will be charged for the guide’s gas expenses for driving to meet you.

Daily Ice Climbing Lesson Locations

There are several great ice climbing locations that can be readily accessed for daily lessons or trips from our office in Canmore, Alberta Canada. They include:

  • Grassi Lakes: “The Junkyards” 10 minutes drive from Canmore followed by a 20 minute walk. A great spot for first time ice climbers and those wishing to brush up on skills.

  • King Creek:  40 minute drive from Canmore in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Good beginner location for a full-day of climbing with some challenging short climbs to finish on.

  • Johnston Canyon: 20 minutes drive west of Banff. Good for steep climbing practice.

  • Haffner Creek: 40 minutes drive west of Banff. Excellent variety of steeper climbs and mixed climbs.

 

Guides & Guide Ratios

The “Yam Ice Team” includes some of the best ice climbing guides and instructors anywhere!  Enthusiastic and extremely talented, they hold climbing certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and from other International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA) countries. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount to them.

The maximum guide to client ratio is 1:6

 

Please advise us of the age of any minors in your group. Depending on age and height/size we may not be able to accommodate very young children. We can generally accommodate children 10 years of age and older when accompanied by a parent.  Minimum shoes size must be men’s size 5  (Euro size 35).

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