Ice Climbing


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Private Ski and Ice Climbing Guiding

Join one of our ACMG-certified guides for a day or more of guided backcountry skiing, ice climbing, or instructional content. This can be an extremely cost-effective way to get you and your friends out in the hills with a qualified professional!

Please contact us for a complete quote. Maximum ratios will vary depending on the chosen objective.

Rates begin at $575 per day for one guest, with an additional $50 for each additional guest to a maximum of six guests per guide. Guests will also be responsible for Guide expenses, such as mileage, or for transporting the guide to the program venue. Guests will also be responsible for expenses such as hut and camping fees, guides' food, and backcountry passes for overnight trips. Certain very long objectives completed in a single day may have an additional surcharge applied.

Please contact ocprograms@ucalgary.cafor a detailed quote.

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.