A beautiful multipitch ice climbing adventure above Field, BC. Guinness Gully is one of the famous “Beer Climbs” which include Carlsberg Column (WI5) and Pilsner Pillar (WI6), to name a few. This route is one of the best WI4 routes in the Rockies. The climb starts with a 40m pitch of WI3 or 4 ice leading to a nice snow ledge belay. Above this a short but steep section of vertical ice gains the next snow bench. The final section is a massive 75m curtain of ice climbed in two more pitches. For more experienced climbers we can continue a couple hundred meters further up the gully to Guinness Stout which has 3 more great pitches including a very pumpy pitch of WI4+/5 to finish!
Location: Field, BC. 20 minutes from Lake Louise, 1 hour from Banff, or a bit longer from Canmore.
Difficulty: WI4, or WI5 for Guinness Stout
Length: 200m (300m with Stout)
Logistics: Up to two guests can join for a guided ascent of Guinness Gully. Stay in Field, BC near the climb or base from Lake Louise, Canmore, Banff, or Golden.