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

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

You need to have previous rock and ice experience. In the Yamnuska context a minimum of Basic Rock and Basic Ice or equivalents. This program is physically demanding and a high level of fitness will contribute to enjoyment and achievement.

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Mixed Ice Climbing

Mixed climbing has emerged as the new frontier of technical climbing. Many of our guides are leading this charge and have several first ascents of mixed routes.

Climbing on rock and ice using ice tools in a method known as 'dry tooling' and this combination of techniques allows for some amazing routes to be climbed.

The Canadian Rockies, within daily driving distance of Canmore, has become a hotbed of mixed climbing with climbers from around the world visiting to try their skills on test pieces such as 'Musashi'.

Success on mixed climbs, even more than on regular ice climbs, depends on really good movement skills. Development of these skills is the primary objective of this mixed climbing camp.

In addition to intensive coaching on movement skills there will be instruction and review of all other aspects of rock and ice climbing techniques.

Yamnuska's guides are at the cutting edge of mixed climbing and in addition to having guide certifications, these individuals are also excellent coaches. You're not paying to see the instructors climb well, you're paying to learn to climb well yourself - and this is what differentiates us.


Mixed Climbing Camp Agenda

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

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda.
  • Issue and adjust gear.
  • Head to climbing area.

After setting up top ropes on various climbs we will address the following:

  • Review of safety measures (belaying etc)
  • Specialized use of crampons and ice tools
  • Movement skills and techniques

Our approach will be to explain, demonstrate then practice with coaching. This will take most of the day. Wrap up around 4.00pm then return to Canmore.

Sunday: At Local Climbing Area

Continue technical climbing and coaching on more advanced climbs

  • Lead skills
  • Gear to use
  • Clipping bolts
  • Placing trad pro
  • Assessing risk
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