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Ice Week Blog postings:
The ultimate course for those who are psyched to become skilled
& safe ice climbers! The week will be led by CRAG's head guide
J. Mills, who has over a decade of experience teaching ice climbing and
is one of Canada's top ice climbers. (more...)
Very small group sizes (max 4) allow for instruction that matches your
skill and ambition level and provides a highly enjoyable week for all.
Winter 2018/19 Dates:
- Dec 15-19th, 2018
- Feb 2-6th, 2019
Cost: $1095 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 4
Meeting Spot & Time: 8:00am in Canmore (details will be sent out to all participants well in advance)
Custom Dates: Available December - Early April for groups of 1 to 8. Inquire for pricing.
At least a few days of previous ice climbing experience, preferably up
to WI4. Those with no ice experience but with a mountaineering or rock
climbing background and lots of enthusiasm can take our Intro Ice Course or arrange a couple of custom days prior to the course to get up to speed. If you are unsure
about your readiness for this course, please just send us an e-mail and
we can help you decide.
- Please e-mail
us for a registration package. A deposit of $350 is required to book your spot on this course, with the
remainder due 4 weeks prior to the start date.
- Please send us
an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and we will provide you with an electronic invoice for the deposit or
total amount (let us know which you would prefer).
Payment can be made online, easily and securely, using a credit card
number or PayPal account. Alternately, mail a cheque to: Canadian
Rockies Alpine Guides, Box 40087, Canmore, AB, T1W 3H9.
Due to variable ice conditions, weather, and partipants desires, it is
impossible to provide an exact agenda. However, the week will likely
look something like this and will be sure to include as much climbing
as you can handle!
1 - We will start out with a
skills day at a local single pitch area such as Haffner Creek or the
Wedge Smear. This gives everyone the chance to get to know each other
and start learning new skills while climbing all day. There will likely
be the option to try some mixed climbing as well.
2 - Multipitch climbing! This
will be a fully guided ascent of a multipitch ice climb with lots of
time to work on skills such as anchor building, rope handling, belaying
from above, and multipitch rapelling. We will choose a route that is
not too long so that we have no need to rush and can focus on skill
3 - Lead climbing skills! We
will head to a different single pitch area and spend the day learning
the basics of lead climbing on ice. Deciding to lead is a personal
decision and you will not be pressured to do anything you are
uncomfortable with. However, if you are keen to lead and have the
skills, we will get you leading as soon as you are ready!
4 - Multipitch climbing! We will
again head out for a multipitch day, but this time the leading may be
shared between everyone who is ready. If you don't feel ready to lead
climb, you will still have opportunities to take charge with the
descent and other parts of the day. As always, everyone will get lots
of climbing in during the day!
5 - Steep ice & mixed
climbing. For our final day, everyone will have the chance to push
their technical abilities on a number of steep ice and mixed climbs at
yet another world class ice climbing venue! This will also be your
chance to review the other skills learned throughout the week and to
climb until you can no longer lift your ice axes!
Group gear such as ropes, ice tools, and carabiners will be provided by
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. You can either bring your own personal
gear or borrow most items from us at no charge. Please just let us know
if you would like to borrow anything for the course. Ice Climbing Boots
and clothing are not available for loan and must be rented or
purchased. Rental and purchase information can
be found here.
- Ice Climbing
- Small Pack
(about 30 litres)
- Crampons - available
- Harness - available
- Helmet - available
- Winter Jacket or
- Winter Pants or
- Long Underwear
- Gloves (2 pairs)
- Down Jacket if
you have one!