Intro To Mixed Ice And Rock Climbing In Banff / Canmore - MSAA
Banff / Canmore

Mixed Ice Climbing

Intro Mixed Climbing


  • Cost:
  • $459

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Average   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Basic ice climbing skills   Course Code: IMXICEBanCan

Intro to Mixed Ice Climbing in Banff and Canmore covers the basics of climbing rock and ice interchangeably with axes, gloves, and crampons.

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To make a booking please call 1 604 938 9242 or email us at

Course Information

Mixed climbing is fun, exciting, and has become an important part of any ice climber’s repertoire. The modern ice climber will practice both ice and mixed climbing every winter.

Mixed climbing will radically improve anyone’s alpine climbing skills. Through our experience driven  technique, you will be introduced to the necessary skill set to establish a safe and solid mixed climbing foundation. Learn not only important dry tooling techniques but also tricks of the trade that make all the difference.

Everything you need to establish a good mixed climbing foundation is covered:

  • The use of specialized equipment
  • Transition from rock to ice and vice versa
  • Important safety considerations

This excellent course is a designed as the next step to our Introduction to Ice Course and goes hand in hand with our Intro to Multi-Pitch Ice Climbing Course.

Meet and greet, sign waivers, discuss current weather and local conditions, gear check

Lesson 1

Drive to field location, to be determined by guide based on conditions

Lessons 2 – 10

Lunch at around noon

End of day

Course debrief and next step recommendations

Some rental gear can be obtained from Gear Up Sports & Rentals in Canmore.

Equipment Needed:

  • 2 technical ice axes
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Personal prussik
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Down or synthetic “puffy” insulated jacket
  • Warm under layers and socks
  • Light grippy gloves, preferably waterproof
  • Warm mitts or gloves
  • Warm hat, balaclava
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Lunch, snacks, water, thermos with hot drink (optional)

We encourage you to bring your own climbing gear so you can get comfortable using it.

Lesson 1 Equipment: Adjust crampons, harnesses, helmets and backpack set-ups

Lesson 2 Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion

Lesson 3 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols

Lesson 4 Safety: Current hazards and safety protocols for mixed climbing

Lesson 5 Equipment: Intro to mixed climbing specific equipment

Lesson 6 Mixed grades explained and the guide book

Lesson 7 Belaying and special dry tooling considerations

Lesson 8 Introduction to the MSA Mixed Master Dry Tooling technique: tool and crampon placement, movement, free range tool exchange, resting, strategy, tool stowing technique and more

Lesson 9 Dry tooling demo and practice

Lesson 10 Dry tooling practice with quality feedback and fine-tuning

Transport to Field Locations

Participants in this course will meet their guide at an agreed time and location, usually a local cafe, in Canmore on the morning of the first day. From there you will be expected to have private transport to get to the course location. If you don’t have private transport we can arrange transport with the guide for an additional fee.

Accommodation in Canmore

Accommodation is not included in the course price.

Food for Backcountry Field Days

Pack plenty of high energy food and snacks as well as fluids to keep you at your best all day long. There are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in Canmore, and if you completely forget we start the day at a local coffee shop so you’ll be able to grab something for lunch from there. A thermos of tea or coffee is also a great idea.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).

Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.

Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:

All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept credit card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability.  *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.

Late Arrival Policy

Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 48 hours of start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • More than 48 hours:  $25 rescheduling & refunding fee (per booking).
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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