In recent years ice climbing has seen a revolution in tools (see:Grivel) and techniques that allows the climber to confidently and efficiently move through seemingly extreme terrain. The frozen waterfalls throughout North America offer some of the finest venues for learning the winter dance of modern ice climbing. Join Suntoucher Mountain Guides to develop and enhance your techniques in this modern era of ice climbing.
Ice I - Intro to Waterfall Ice Climbing:
In this course we cover the fundamentals of crampon techniques and footwork, assessment of ice quality, equipment selection, ice axe placement, ice screw placement techniques, movement over terrain WI2 - 4, ice anchors and protection.
Ice II - Intermediate Waterfall Ice:
Review of basic skills covered in Intro to Water Ice Climbing, more advanced movement skills necessary to move efficiently in steeper more challenging terrain WI 4 - 5, skills necessary to second a pitch efficiently, screw placement for preparation to lead, fundamentals of leading.
Ice III/Mixed - Steep water ice and mixed climbing:
If the student displays the necessary skills and experience we progress to the more advanced course. In this course we offer a comprehensive leading seminar, refine current ice techniques, introduction to rock movement, and dry tooling or mixed climbing.
Winter climbing in Canada is the ultimate in waterfall ice. The Rockies region of Alberta and British Columbia house some of the finest ice and mixed climbs in the world. The immense beauty and vastness of the terrain combined with the cold northern latitude and porous rock to create waterfalls of unrivaled quality and quantity. The mountain towns of Canmore, and Banff serve as bases to the vast array of pillars, gullies, and curtains that form almost everywhere throughout the region. The variety of climbs range from roadside attractions of all difficultly levels to 3,000 ft climbs deep in the backcountry. Here one has the chance to swing tools for miles and truly develop efficient and effective ice climbing technique in one of the most spectacular mountain environments in the world.
-The Professor Falls WI4
A one hour flat approach leads to the base of this tiered six pitch classic.
-Louise Falls WI 4-5
Located near the back of the stunningly beautiful Lake Louise lies three pitches of nearly perfect ice.
-The Weeping Wall WI 3-5+
One of the most impressive ice flows on the planet, the weeping wall is a vertical football field of ice only 10 mins from the road. Combined with the Upper Weeping Wall or a number of other variations The Weeping Wall offers over a thousand feet of steep and fat ice.
-This House of Sky WI 3
A moderate gem with nearly a dozen pitches of cruising on fun and interesting terrain deep in the heart of the Ghost River region.
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