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Mountaineering

Beginner, Intermediate or Expert climbers from all over the world have chosen Yamnuska. Having the best Mountain Guides in Canada and being based in the Canadian Rockies are just two reasons why our mountaineering trips and programs are world class. For over 33 years this has been our specialty.  We encourage you to do your homework on our company and look at our trip reviews.  We are very proud of our reputation and pride ourselves on setting the benchmark for the industry. Our office is located in Canmore, Alberta but we run trips, courses and programs all over Alberta and British Columbia.

We offer scheduled programs and have extensive experience developing custom itineraries to meet climbing or instructional objectives.

Beginner Programs

  • Scrambling Skills - 2 days of basic skills and judgment for non-technical scrambling peaks (Alberta).
  • Snow and Ice Long Weekend - 3-days initiation to basic skills plus peak ascent (Alberta).
  • Intro to Mountaineering - 6 - days in depth skill training plus peak ascents (Alberta).
  • Women's Only Intro to Mountaineering - 6 - days in depth skill training plus peak ascents for women only (Alberta).
  • Youth Mountaineering Course - 6 - days in depth skill training plus peak ascents for 15 - 17 year olds (Alberta).
  • Wapta Ice Hike - Traverse the Wapta Icefields traveling hut to hut.  Ideal for a more casual mountaineering experience (Alberta).
  • Private Guiding & Instruction - Tailored to your personal schedule and requirements. Can happen in location of your choice. Very friendly for beginners (Alberta, British Columbia and Internationally)

The next step: Intermediate & Advanced Programs

  • Yoho Peaks - 4-days of intermediate mountaineering in the Little Yoho. Ideal progression from Snow & Ice and Intro courses (British Columbia).
  • Intro to Alpine Rock in the Bugaboos - 6-days of intermediate alpine rock mountaineering in the Bugaboos (British Columbia).
  • Intro to Alpine Ice at the Columbia Icefields - 4-days of technical training on steep snow and ice (Alberta).
  • Mt Forbes Expedition - For budding mountaineers and aspiring alpinists, this is a perfect opportunity to develop your expedition skills and climb this great summit! (Alberta).
  • Bugaboos Granite - Climbing and instruction on famous alpine rock. 5 days (British Columbia).
  • Lake Louise Classics - Climb the peaks of the Lake Louise group. 3 days or 6 (Alberta).
  • Alpine Classics with Barry Blanchard - annual mountaineering trip with climbing legend Barry Blanchard.
  • Mount Athabasca Ascents - Climb one of the more advanced routes on one of the Rockies highest peaks (Alberta).
  • Mount Assiniboine Ascents - Climb with a guide on this mighty Matterhorn-like peak (British Columbia).
  • Bugaboo Ascents - Climb the famed granite Spires of the Bugaboos (British Columbia).
  • Mount Robson - Highest peak in the Canadian Rockies (British Columbia).
  • Private Guiding & Instruction - Customized to achieve your personal objectives at the time of your choosing (Alberta, British Columbia and Internationally).

Canadian Rockies 11'000ers

With 6 unique and scenic peaks to choose from, these climbs are some of the most incredible routes that the Canadian Rockies have to offer! We offer something for every experience level; easy, moderate and advanced peaks.  

Fast & Light Series

Our new 'Fast and Light' series climbs are an exciting addition to our long list of trips.  They have been designed for experienced climbers who are looking for classic objectives requiring a short time commitment.  Climbs in this series have been selected for their quality and aesthetics and should be on all mountaineers' tick lists.

Semester Programs

Yamnuska Mountain Skills Semesters are the ultimate mountaineering training option, the initial step for many of our guides. Spend 1 - 3 months learning every aspect of mountaineering, summer and winter!

Canadian Semesters - Every spring and fall

Summer Mountaineering Semester - Our most comprehensive rock and mountaineering summer course