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$345 covers instruction and use of technical gear, including boots. Accommodation and meals are not included but low cost, easy options exist which we can tell you about. GST not included.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Optional PLUS DAY: $265 plus GST. Every Monday following 'Advanced  Ice Systems'. Available to Advanced Ice Systems participants only.

Is it for you?

You need 'Basic Ice' or equivalent and some further personal experience. You need to be comfortable seconding easy grade 4 ice.

More climbing!

Yamnuska Ice Climbing Guides and Instructors are also available for private climbs after the program.

Advanced Ice Systems

Leading and seconding on harder ice climbs demands more advanced ice systems skills. It's essential to be able to construct 'bombproof' anchors and to place solid 'pro'. Climbing multi-pitch ice routes demands careful rope control and route planning so as to enhance speed. The objective of our Canadian Rockies 'Advanced Ice Systems' course is to work on advanced rope systems, especially on anchor construction and on placing protection and to introduce lead-climbing tactics along with coaching on steep ice climbing techniques.

Based out of our office in Canmore we will use appropriate ice pitches to give students the exposure and experience to be more confident leading and seconding on steeper ice. This course will also focus on multi-pitch ice climbing skills.

In addition to taking this program check out the 'Plus Days' add-on option for a day of advanced climbing (with a 1:2 instructor ratio) on an advanced multi-pitch climb!

Meeting Time and Place

The course begins at the Yamnuska office in Canmore at 7:30am on the Saturday morning. The Yamnuska office is located at 200, 50 Lincoln Park, Canmore. See this map for location.

Course Agenda

Saturday:  7:30am At Yamnuska Office & Local Climbing Area

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda
  • Knots and Harnesses
  • Adjust crampons and check gear
  • Placement and analysis of ice screws and other anchoring devices('abalakovs')
  • Belaying review, 'Sling-shot' top rope review
  • Placement of screws on steep terrain
  • Advanced anchor building

Sunday:  At Local Climbing Area

  • Warm-up
  • Set up anchors with assessment by instructors
  • How to place pro on lead
  • Simulated leads (on top rope) 
  • Intro to Mixed climbing if time permits

Ice Climbing Locations

We use a variety of locations in the Canadian Rockies on this program. These may include the Canmore 'Junkyards', Johnston's Canyon, Haffner Creek and Lake Louise on the first two days, 'The Professors Falls', The Field area, and Lake Louise Falls are among options for the final day if you are taking the Plus Day.

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