Intro to Mixed Ice Climbing in Banff and Canmore covers the basics of climbing rock and ice interchangeably with axes, gloves, and crampons.
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 Mixed Master technique participants 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:
This excellent course is a perfectly made next step to our Introduction to Ice Course and goes hand in hand with our Intro to Multi-Pitch Ice Climbing Course.
07:30 Meet at Gear Up Rentals in Canmore
Meet and greet, sign waivers, discuss current weather and local conditions, gear check
Drive to field location, to be determined by guide based on conditions
Lessons 2 – 10
Lunch at around noon
16:00 End of day
Course debrief and next step recommendations
We are happy to help source any rental gear you need for your trip
You are welcome to bring your own climbing gear if you have it.
We can arrange rental of a complete set of ice climbing gear for $30 per day, please let us know when you register if you require this.
If you are looking to continue climbing beyond this weekend we strongly recommend purchasing at least your own harness, helmet, locking carabiner and belay device.
Please bring these along to the course so we can teach you the correct usage techniques and get you climbing comfortably in your own gear
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
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 $20 per day.
Accommodation is not included in the course price however we offer significantly discounted pricing arrangements through a selection of local providers ranging from hostel dorm beds to hotel suites.
If you require accommodation in Canmore for the length of your course please let us know when you register and we can make the arrangements. Often course participants split the cost of a room and are able to enjoy the amenity of a full service hotel at the price of a hostel dorm bed.
Please make sure you 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.
We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.
Emergency Evacuation and Medical
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 National Health.
We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also 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 course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.
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 WFR courses.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Programs
**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**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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