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$325CDN covers instruction and use of technical gear, including boots. GST not included.

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

Cancellation Insurance available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

Our ice climbing course is suitable for total beginners, rock climbers and general mountaineers. Ice climbing can be a strenuous activity but our instruction will emphasize development of technique to reduce the need for brute strength in this course. The ice climbing will be tailored towards your ability and strength as much as possible. A high level of fitness will contribute to enjoyment and achievement. You need NO previous experience.

Basic Ice Climbing

Experience and enjoy this exhilarating sport on our Canadian Rockies Beginner Ice Climbing weekend course in Banff and Canmore. Personalized instruction in this course will help you to develop technique, the signature of a good ice climber. Our easy access to some of the best venues for learning the sport means the bulk of the weekend course is spent ice climbing in Banff, Canmore and Kananaskis. We will teach you how to ice climb properly.

Our two day learn to ice climb course includes all the gear you need to get started ice climbing. We meet you at our comfortable office in Canmore, Alberta fit you up for gear then head out for ice climbing and instruction in Canmore, Banff or Kananaskis. Canmore and the Canadian Rockies are considered by many to be the ice climbing capital of the world - come find out why. We have decades of experience delivering courses and teaching beginners. Many of our students have become highly skilled and accomplished ice climbers.

With the enthusiastic and dedicated 'Yam Ice Team', comprising of top Canadian Rockies ice climbing guides, you'll experience an unforgettable weekend of learning, challenge and exhilaration! No experience is necessary, leave that to us!

In addition to taking this beginner ice climbing course check out the 'Plus Days' add-on option and you'll be just blown away by what you can accomplish on this weekend.

We have decades of experience in introducing people to the sport of ice climbing. Our office in Canmore, Alberta is fully equipped with all the ice climbing gear you need to get started.

Day 1: 7:30am At Yamnuska Office & Local Climbing Area

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda
  • Knots and harnesses
  • Adjust crampons and check gear
  • Discussion of safety procedures
  • Basic Ice Movement - how to use 'crampons' in a safe environment a few feet off the ground - essential for confidence!
  • Basic belays and belay calls
  • Top roped climbs in Banff, Canmore or Kananaskis
  • Lowering

Day 2: At Local Climbing Area in Banff, Canmore or Kananaskis

  • Climbing warm up
  • Introduction to steep ice climbing techniques
  • Lots of climbing with coaching on steeper climbs. You will be surprised at what you can ice climb when using modern ice tools and proper body positioning.
  • Introduction to use of ice screws and other protection methods.
  • Practice "seconding" which involves removing gear placed by the "lead" ice climber.
  • Debrief and wrap-up by 4:00pm

Basic Ice Climbing 'Plus Days'

Stay for an extra day after the Basic Ice Course and put your new skills into practice on a classic Canadian Rockies multi-pitch climb such as The Professor's Falls or Cascade Icewall. The instructor to student ratio is 1:2, we divide into compatible teams, choose a suitable 'multi-pitch' (several rope lengths in height) route and spend the whole day climbing it. We have a near endless list of multi-pitch ice climbs in the Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis and Lake Louise areas.

$265 plus GST. Every Monday following the Basic Ice course.  Available to Basic Ice course participants only. This is a fabulous deal for a multi-pitch ice climb.

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