Myself and fellow guide Matt Mueller spent a great weekend ice climbing with 11 members of the Calgary Outdoor Recreation Association (CORA). This group is a forum where like-minded outdoor enthusiasts can meet people to get outside with, organize trips, and in this case get a group of people together for a guided program.
The first day was spent at the Junkyards in Canmore learning the basics of ice climbing, and how to safely manage the hazards involved. Everyone did really well, and wanted a bit more of a challenge, so the second day we went to Haffner Creek in Kootenay National Park. Steep ice climbing technique was the flavor of the day, and everyone made great progress with their ice climbing skills. It’s amazing how only two days of ice climbing can get people climbing steep ice.
Near the end of the day we introduced everyone to mixed climbing, which the group found challenging, but fun! If you live in Calgary, and are looking for great people to get out into the mountains with, or want to get a group together to defer the cost of hiring a Yamnuska guide, check out http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/ . We think this is a great organization.
One of Yamnuska’s specialties is putting together custom programs for larger groups, whether it be ice climbing, ski touring or avalanche training. Inexperienced or expert, young or old – we can set you up.
Thanks to everyone for a great weekend!