1 Day Ice School - Intro to Ice Climbing

Come on out for one day of professional ice guiding at a local area in the Canadian Rockies. Whether your holiday is based from Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise, there is a trip departing close by. Come out for an enjoyable day at a stunning Rockies ice climbing crag. Experience blue waterfall curtains, pristine nature, wildlife and try out ice climbing safely. Guests are guided through the step by step process of ice and mixed climbing.

There are a variety of climbs, styles and levels for people. The introductory climbing areas are safe for the whole family. There is something for everyone at a local ice climbing area in the parks.

Learn how to:

  • Use ice climbing gear
  • Tie knots
  • Develop climbing movement
  • Top rope short water ice climbs.
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On a daily basis we meet at the locations listed below for the days outing. All you need to do is: Read through the detailed information
Fill out the online registration form
Request one of the listed meeting locations. (Listed below)

Have a look at the Intro to Ice climbing equipment list. Make sure you let us know on the registration form, if you request any rental gear. Exactly what you will need.

Location meeting place: Tim Horton’s, Banff, Alberta Bagel Co., Canmore Alberta  
Laggen’s Bakery, Lake Louise, Alberta Jitas Café, Golden, BC

Meeting Time: 8 am

Length: 8 hrs. 8am-4pm

Logistics: Meeting place at 8:00am. Request desired meeting location on registration form. Waiver
Gear Check

Day 1 Logistics:

Drive to chosen ice climbing venue. The drive to one of the available areas will take approximately 10-30 minutes.
Hike to crag. Length of hike to crag is approximately 30 minutes on a well used trail. Spend the majority of the day at the crag building skills and climbing.

There is no given lunch time. Guests can eat and snack through out the day. At approximately 3:00 pm, hike out to car park.

The A.M. agenda:

Ice climbing gear: Learn how to use the provided gear. Crampons, axes, harness, ropes and other gear. Recommended climbing brands. Differentiating between waterfall ice equipment and summer/winter mountaineering equipment.
Description and information on waterfall ice. Identification of acceptable ice, hazards, waterfall make up, rock make up, and the basics on how to make safe decisions.
Knots: Learn proper knots and hitches essential in ice climbing. Tie in knots, anchor knots and hitches.
Belaying: Top rope belaying is the conventional method used by novices.
Rappelling: Rappel confidently with proper instruction

The P.M. agenda

Ice climbing school and instruction. Proper utilization of the ice axe with correct swing technique and pick placement. Water fall ice cramponing. Proper kicks and crampon placement.

Proper technique. Differentiating between waterfall ice cramponing versus mountaineering cramponing.
Ice climbing positions and movement: Learn proper body movement and become a graceful climber. Stemming, drop knee, straight arm position.

Learn to climb to your full potential!

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Ice Climbing Equipment List

Ice Climbing Locations:
Haffner Creek, Kootenay National Park, AB Junkyards, Grassi Lakes, Canmore, AB Grotto Canyon, Canmore, AB
Johnson’s Canyon, Banff, AB
Louise Falls, Lake Louise, AB
Cool Spring Gully, Field, BC
Cedar Seeps, Golden, BC