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Cost: $375 CDN

Includes: guides and use of specialized group climbing gear.

Not included: Accommodation, transportation, meals, gratuities & taxes.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group

More climbing: Yamnuska guides and instructors are also available for private climbing in the Rockies and elsewhere before and after the program.

Is it for you

This is a moderate objective, and while some previous glaciated mountaineering experience is required, this is a great trip for those trying to gain more summits and who have a moderate level of fitness

Mount Athabasca

Mt. Athabasca, at 3,491m (11,453 ft) is one of the most accessible and enjoyable big peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Its position on the edge of the vast Columbia Icefields and with it entirely above treeline make for spectacular summit views. The surrounding glaciers make for fine snow and ice mountaineering.
Whether you missed out on a summit on our ‘Snow and Ice Long Weekend’ or have some previous mountaineering experience but would still like the direction of one of our great instructors, a climb of Mt. Athabasca with a certified Yamnuska mountain guide is a great and memorable experience.
Mount Athabasca is located at the eastern edge of the Columbia Icefields on the ridge between the Athabasca and Saskatchewan Glaciers. It is immediately adjacent to the Banff-Jasper Parkway from where it is climbed in a day.


Saturday:  Meet your guide at the Columbia Icefields Campground by the cook shelter at 7pm.  Please bring all of your gear with you.  We'll ensure that everyone is properly equipped, distribute any gear on loan or rent and discuss the route, objectives and meeting times for the next day. 

Sunday:  An early morning start (approx. 3:00am) allows us to enjoy the incredible beauty of a mountain sunrise. The climb is not too technical but requires many of the things mountaineers must have: stamina, fitness, route finding skills and good judgment. 

Typically we will follow one of 2 routes.

1.The North Glacier route follows the A2 Glacier on the North side of the mountain to the base of the Silverhorn Ridge from where a traverse leads us over to the West Ridge (where it joins the Athabasca/Andromeda (AA) Col route) which is followed over the peak of Silverhorn to the summit. This is a beautiful route for beginner alpinists and is often used as a descent for the 'AA' route. Our maximum guide to client  ratio is 1:3. Return time is between 9 and 12 hours.

2.The AA Col route follows the glacier on the other side of the peak from the North Glacier. It leads to the 'col' (alpine pass) between Athabasca and Mt. Andromeda from where the West Ridge is followed over Silverhorn to the summit. Our maximum guide to client ratio is 1:3. Return time is between 9 and 12 hours.

A clear day will present summiteers with spectular views of the expansive Columbia Icefields and the magnificent surrounding peaks.