While the Canadian Rocky Mountains have a great reputation for its world class ice climbing, skiing and mountaineering feats, the rock climbing has been hugely unpublicized. Undeservedly so!
Over the last decade, many new climbs of all difficulties have been established on the walls of Yamnuska, Mount Rundle, Ha Ling Peak and others. Additionally a lot of the old classics have been reequipped with bolted anchors, which make them ideal for climbing courses of all levels.
For experienced climbers, who like to lead but don't want to waste their time choosing the right climbs, finding the route and enjoy the added safety of having a guide along, we offer climbing camps. That doesn't mean you have to camp but your guide acts as a coach, who can jump in and take over, if things get tough.
Long climbs in an alpine surrounding, quick access from the towns of Canmore or Banff combined with short approaches reminds of qualities of the Dolomites - only without the crowds! That is even more true, if you mix in an outing to the Ghost River Gorge: Wilderness experience at the outskirts of Banff National Park with limestone climbs that truly match the quality of Europe's finest.
Objective: Follow single and multi-pitch climbs, lead bolted sport climbs.
Trip planning, knots, climbing technique training on toprope climbs and bouldering, belaying techniques, use and positioning of removable anchors, lead climbing on bolted climbs, repelling with self belay, multi-pitch climbs as a follower, risk management and hazard evaluation.
Objective: Lead multi-pitch climbs on gear self sufficiently.
Review of beginner's course contents, advance climbing technique coaching, emphasis on removable anchors and belay stations, coaching on single and multi-pitch climbs as a leader of a party.
Private Guiding or Climbing Camp - or as a course:
A combination of any of the above contents, advancing at a rate in accordance with your personal skill level and preferences.
Can I do it?
1) Beginner Course: Requires good physical fitness for spending active days in the mountains and you should not be afraid of heights. Previous hiking and indoor climbing experience is advantageous.
2) Advanced Course: See under 1) plus outdoor climbing experience following routes up to grade 5.8.
3) Climbing Camp: See under 1) and 2) plus ability to safely lead up to grade 5.6 on multi-pitch climbs. If you sign up as a rope team of two, at least one of the partners must be a competent leader. Your guide will coach you on the climbs, help you set up safe belays, assure route finding and will step in, if the going gets tough.
4) Private Guiding: As for any of our private guiding weeks, we enjoy optimal flexibility! The Canadian Rockies offer all you can dream of, regardless if you are a beginner in alpine rock or you have been climbing for decades and want to trade leads with your guide
For our courses, we strongly believe in the "Learning by Doing"-concept as well as small group sizes. Expect lots of climbing!
Banff or Canmore, Alberta on the evening before the official start of the course. We gladly assist you in arranging lodging and airport transfers from and to Calgary International (1.25 hrs).
Climate, Weather, Temperatures:
Although common saying is, it can snow in Banff any month of the year, temperatures in summer are usually between 15C and 30C. The continental climate at the Eastern slope of the Rockies makes for mostly dry weather.