Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing Sampler Day

Ice climbing is an exciting, technical sport, and a key component to the mountaineering skillset. Join us for a day of experiential climbing on a frozen waterfall in the heart of the Canadian Rockies!
In this sampler day, learn the basics of ice climbing, movement, belaying, and the use of crampons and ice tools – first-time climbers are welcome! 

Ice Climbing Intro Weekend

Ice climbing is an exciting, technical sport, and a key component to the mountaineering skillset. Join us for a two days of climbing frozen waterfalla in the heart of the Canadian Rockies!

This 2-day course is a comprehensive introduction to top-rope ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies.
Learn the ice climbing basics including movement, belaying, and the use of crampons and ice tools. Then spend your time practicing on more ice, and further develop techniques for steeper terrain and risk management.

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!

Indoor Intro to Dry Tooling and Mixed Climbing

Our concrete climbing wall is like no other in Canada, designed to facilitate practice of a variety of outdoor climbing techniques.
Join us on the wall for an introduction to dry tooling techniques and various mixed climbing skills that are essential for climbers interested in developing their ability to climb 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.