Waterfall Ice 2022 |
dates & availability
is famous for every type of waterfall ice,
from the mighty Grade VI/ VII climbs of the
Terminator Wall, to the impressive curtain
of the Weeping Wall of Icefields Parkway,
to the huge 300m long multi pitch Louise Falls,
to the remote, exciting climbs of Ghost River
with Hydrophobia and the Sorcerer.
course is aimed at quite strong ice climbers,
who want to push their grade and climb as
much waterfall ice as possible during a week.
You should be happy seconding Grade IV or
V ice, leading experience is not necessary,
but there will be opportunities to try leading
during the week if you wish.
your previous ice experience, the aim of this
course is also to teach you more skills and
style points useful in your own climbing.
You are also taught ropework techniques, crevasse
rescue & avalanche prediction.
offers huge impressive ice falls with little
or no walk-ins. You are led by an experienced
and talented IFMGA Canadian Mountain Guide,
who drives you to all of the best sites for
the best conditions.
icefalls of Canada keep their condition longer
in the year than the Alpine waterfalls, giving
a longer season.
no scheduled course dates are showing in the
column on the right, we can still operate
a course on demand for two people booking
together, on any dates that suit from January
through until the end of April, arriving Sunday
and departing Saturday.
are listed in the column on the right, and
they show the live availability from our secure
online booking system. When you book online,
you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine
Information Booklet, course specific kit list
to Calgary, where your Guide will meet you at the
airport. You are driven to Canmore where you stay
for the night. There will be an evening briefing
on the latest conditions, and time to check and
prepare your equipment. Night in a local hotel /
lodge in Canmore on a B&B basis.
Guiding ratio is at one Guide to each two clients
for the five climbing days so that you can achieve
the most during your week of Canadian ice climbing.
Each night is spent in local comfy hotels or lodges
on a B&B basis, and your Guide wil advise on
the best places to eat out and get provisions.
The conditions for the last few years have been
brilliant at this time of year, and there are literally
hundreds of climbs to choose from. You are either
driven each day to the area with the best conditions,
or, if you fins an area you enjoy, you can be bases
for a couple of days in one area to get the most
Some famous regions and routes include the sunny
Cascade Falls below Banff, the long 200m or 300m
Grade IV / V multi-pitch climbs in Lake Louise or
the 200km long curtain of the Weeping Wall in Icefields
Parkway with the infamous Polar Circus climb. If
you run out of climbs in these areas there is also
the more remote area of Ghost River, accessed by
4x4, with the easy but incredible House of Sky,
and the wild, remote climbing of Hydrophobia or
the Sorcerer. And if you want the ultimate challenge
there is the huge, imposing Terminator Wall above
Canmore with its range of Grade VI or Grade VII
After you finish climbing on the Friday evening,
you return to Calgary for the Friday night and a
celebratory end of course meal. Night a
local hotel / lodge on a B&B basis.
have time for some sightseeing around Canmore or
Calgary for the day, before leaving to return to
the airport for your return flight. You can schedule
your return flight for any time you wish on the
NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain
adventures are weather and conditions dependant,
so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans.
If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered.
Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to
the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
full days IFMGA guiding, 1:2 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
on the planner logo to the right to
see the real time live course availability
online booking system
Course Inclusions: 1) Five days guiding by
IFMGA Mountain Guide, 2) Six nights B&B accommodation
in Canada (including bedding and towels), 3) Pre course
information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for
UK kit shops, 5) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction
Booklet, 7) Road transport in Canada to / from the Calgary
airport and around the region to access the ice falls
in best condition.
1) Travel to and from Calgary (Canada), 2) Transport outside
Canada, 3) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone
calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in
mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Activities insurance,
& excess baggage charges.
This course assumes 1:2 guiding throughout. Note that
is there is just one person on a course, less 1:1 guiding
days can be offered, however accommodation will be provided
for the whole week, and guiding options and locations
will be discussed with you within the budget paid.