One of our most adventurous and advanced climbing trips will see you seconding some of the most picturesque and towering multi-pitch routes that can be found in the Canadian Rockies. The limitless sport and long multi-pitch routes combined with low instructor ratios will ensure you get totally pumped. A flexible agenda, personalized coaching and lots of climbing make this program a rock climber’s dream trip.
Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise have an abundance of varied and challenging rock climbing ranging from limestone sport crags to fabulous quartzite and long multi-pitch routes. The objective of this program is to get out and climb it all!
You will be climbing the best routes in the Rockies.
Objectives and Agenda
Our objective is to get you as much climbing in 3 days as possible. The itinerary is based on your climbing abilities and personal objectives.
Participants will be split into teams of 2 based on individual objectives and experience (teams may be changed day to day). Each team will work with their guide to establish each day’s objectives. Most people taking the program are looking not only to rock climb but also learn or update their multi-pitch and movement skills.
Day 1 and Subsequent Days: After discussing our personal objectives the group will head out climbing. Each day’s program will be tailored to each individual participant’s objective which may include:
- Personalized coaching in movement skills
- Great multi-pitch climbs
- Sport and traditional gear routes
- Revise and learn anchors, gear placements
- Enjoy a rock climbing trip in a terrific climbing area
With a 1:2 guide ratio we can maintain a high level of flexibility for both learning and climbing objectives.
There are many different areas easily accessible from Canmore. We have indepth knowledge of the best rock climbing routes but please feel free to research routes and bring your objectives to the program.
With the exception of Lake Louise, which has beautiful firm quartzite, most climbing is on limestone.
More climbing: Yamnuska guides and instructors are also available for private climbing after the course. See details.
Meeting Time and Place
The course begins at the Yamnuska office at 8:00am on Day 1. The Yamnuska office is located at #200 – 50 Lincoln Park. See this map for location.
Instructors and Group Size
What is great about this program is the extremely low instructor to guest ratio. This 1:2 ratio allows us to achieve so much. Then there are the instructors. Enthusiastic and extremely talented, they hold rock climbing and/or alpine certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount to them. A minimum of 2 guests is required to run this program.
Participants are responsible for their own transport to Canmore and during the program. Canmore is a 1 hour (100 km) drive west from Calgary.
If you are flying from afar for the program we suggest that you rent a car for your visit. In addition to getting you to the climbing locations it will allow you to explore our region a bit after program hours. For example you can visit Banff and enjoy the hot pools and sample the numerous restaurants in the area..
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation in Canmore is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in both Canmore and Banff, including campsites, hostels, all levels of hotels as well as condo style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your own pre and post-trip accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.
Food is not supplied. You will need lunch and something to drink each day. Bring plenty to drink and a lunch plus energy snacks.
Equipment and Clothing
The course fee includes use of rock shoes and technical gear although you should feel free to bring any gear you already have.
The weather encountered on this program varies greatly, with the courses at the beginning and the end of the season more prone to cool conditions. The clothing list below covers all possibilities. Should sunny warm conditions be forecast some items may be unnecessary. Remember that weather can change quickly so even if the day starts out sunny you may still need rain gear in the afternoon. Conditions on the higher climbs on the multi-pitch days are often colder.
Clothing and Equipment List
- Lunch, snacks and plenty to drink
- Day pack – 25-35 L (large enough for spare clothing, your lunch & personal and group climbing gear)
- Sun cream
- Rain Gear
- Clothing allowing for easy and complete range of movement
- Warm weather gear
- Rock shoes (available for your use at no extra charge, please let us know in advance if needing to use these)
- Approach shoes or running shoes for the hike to the climbing area.
- Harness, helmet if you have them (we will supply these if necessary)
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. We require a 35% deposit at the time of booking. The final balance is due eight weeks before the program start date. We will also need you to complete the mountain experience questionnaire.
We ask that you familiarize yourself with our detailed booking instructions and conditions.
Please note that you will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Please view our sample waiver copy.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travelers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks, however costs such as air or ground transportation, long term care and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries and other unplanned events. For these eventualities the Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure’s trip.
$895 CDN covers guiding, instruction and use of technical gear. Accommodation and meals are not included but low cost, easy options exist. Goods and Services Tax (GST) is extra. Gratuities not included.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Is it for you?
This program is for climbers seeking fun, adventure and great climbing. You must be comfortable seconding 5.7 and have a good level of fitness.