Ice Climbing Experience - Banff and Canmore
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Banff / Canmore

Ice Climbing Experience

Top Rope Ice Climbing Coast Mountains BC

Summary

  • Cost:
  • Adult $359 min 2 people
  • Private Package $720/day (up to 4 people)

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Average   Ability: Introductory   Prerequisites: None  

Whether you have years of ice climbing experience or have never climbed before, this tour is for you!  First time climbers will be introduced to ice climbing, it’s a surprisingly easy activity that anyone can enjoy, while more experienced climbers will be guided up the finest ice climbs matching their ability, and all under the direct supervision of a professional ACMG guide.

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Offered daily. Please click on Book Now to choose a date. Available November – April

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Adventure Information

Duration:                           1 day

 

Departures:                      8:00am from the Mountain Skills Academy Village Office – Whistler

Cost:                                    Private (up to 4 people): $720

Adult/Child/Youth: $359 (minimum 2 people)

Minimum/Maximum:    1:8 ratio (guide:guest ratio)

24 people per day

Fitness:                               Average

 

Ability:                               Beginner (no experience necessary)
Includes:                            Technical Climbing equipment included

What to bring: 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

If you are looking to learn the sport of ice climbing rather than just having a go at something new, we strongly recommend you opt for our 2 Day Intro to Ice Climbing Course. This course covers the same ground as Ice  Climbing Experience but includes a second day focused on building on what was learned on Day 1, lead climbing, and providing you with the skills to head out on your own.

  • 09:00 Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co on Bow Valley Trail
  • Meet and greet, sign waivers, discuss current weather, local conditions, and gear check
  • Drive to field location, this will be determined by the guide on the day based on conditions
  • Lessons 1 – 10
  • Lunch at around noon
  • 16:00 End of day
  • Debrief and return to Canmore

We are happy to help source any rental gear you need for your trip

Equipment:

  • 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)
  • 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 Crampons: Low angle ice cramponing and front pointing techniques.
  • Lesson 5 Ice & tools: Momentum axe swing, proper stance (shoulders square, elbow up & pointing), ideal ice placement (convexities)
  • Lesson 6: Ice movement, stability, stance and balance.Lesson 7 Knots: Knots and tying into the rope.
  • Lesson 8 Belaying, rope management, commands and safety systems for top rope climbing.
  • Lesson 9 MSA 3PX technique – summarized; Three points of contact, safe & stable position, effortless forward movement, economy of movement – straight arm or locked off position, the perfect swing, the perfect kick, dynamic forward motion
  • Lesson 10 Perfecting 3PX technique towards expert technique (staggered ice axes, pacing and resting, advanced dynamic forward motion, steep ice technique)

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Important Information

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

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
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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