Ice Climbing

"Get on the Tools" 8 Week Training Program

Join us for our 8-week pre-season “On the Tools” training program specifically designed for the ice/mixed climbing season. Our guides and personal trainers have years of experience training others to be fit and reach their goals. Throughout the 16 sessions the program will balance on the tools training, mobility, strength and skill development that will help you to improve technique and efficiency to make you a stronger climber and prepare you for the season ahead.

Indoor Intro to Dry Tooling and Mixed Climbing

Our climbing wall is unique and like no other in the Canada. Join us indoors for in-depth instruction to dry tooling techniques and various mixed climbing skills that are essential for climbers who are interested in developing their ability to climb on longer, more difficult ice and mixed routes.

Private Instruction or Guiding

Many of our instructors and guides are available for individual lessons or private guided trips. We have the ability to customize an experience based on skillset and needs. If you have something specific in mind, email ocprograms@ucalgary.ca and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.

Ice Climbing Sampler

Ice climbing is an exciting, technical sport, and a key component to the mountaineering skill set.
In this sampler day, learn the basics of ice climbing, movement skills, belaying, and the use of crampons and ice tools – first-time climbers are welcome!

Ice Climbing Intro Weekend

This 2 day course is a relatively intensive introduction to top rope ice climbing. Learn to apply ice climbing techniques on steeper ground and gain the skills for top roping and basic risk management in ice climbing.

Advanced Ice Climbing Workshop

If you have climbed ice several times, this program will help you further develop the fluid skills necessary for climbing consistently steep ice. This program is geared towards the experienced rock climber who already has a lot of vertical awareness and rope skills, or the novice ice climber hoping to bring their climbing to the next level. We’ll provide you with a good base of skills essential to climb, and eventually lead big routes in the Rockies and North America

Multi-Pitch Monday (Ice)

Join us on Mondays and learn techniques specific to climbing multiple pitches of ice, including rope management and mitigating the risks of overhead hazard and exposure. Ascend a classic multi-pitch ice climb in the Canadian Rockies!