Dates and Prices
$1450 Canadian includes instruction, hut accommodation, Park Permits, out-trip meals, local transfer to trailhead and use of technical gear.
Not included: Canmore accommodation, boot rentals (if required), Gratuities & 5% GST.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Optional pre and post trip accommodation packages are available from $80 per person per night for shared room lodging ($160 for single occupancy). Purchase with booking. Subject to availability.
Is it for you?
The peaks attempted on this course are of moderate difficulty, in fact it is often appropriate to allow students the lead. You will need to be fit and it is a 'hiking' fitness that you will need as you will be traveling several kilometers of glacier each day, often having to break trail in soft snow. Whilst we generally pre place food and equipment in Bow Hut you may still end up carrying 40lbs or more on the first day. Any training you can do in advance, particularly that involving hiking up steep terrain, will really enhance your enjoyment of this program. No prior mountaineering experience is needed.
Read a Trip Report from Summer 2009 on our Blog
Building Skills and Friendships on the Wapta - Abby Watkins
This beginner mountaineering course mirrors the curriculum of our Intro to Mountaineering program but is for women only and taught by Yam Guide Merrie-Beth Board. This fun week is ideal for adventurous women who prefer to learn skills and experience the mountains with other women. Like our other week long beginner courses, this program is based in Banff National Park on the Wapta Icefields.
This program is notorious for a being fun, relaxed and challenging week that is filled with laughter and achievement.