Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Brian finds it plenty steep despite the
sun on the Rockies' ultra-classic
Murchison Falls.
Photo: Chris Wright

Field, British Columbia

Terry finds the solid sticks on the "beer
climb" classic Guinness Gully (WI4).
Photo: Chris Wright

The Professor Falls

Last pitch to the top on the Banff
Photo: Chris Wright

Banff, Alberta

Brian crunches the numbers on the Rockies
finest, The Professor Falls (WI5).
Photo: Chris Wright



Bigger, better, more; there is simply nowhere that can beat the Canadian Rockies for sheer quality or quantity of ice climbing. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is a Mecca to which every ice climber owes themselves a pilgrimage. These are the storied routes, the hallowed halls of ice climbing. Just the names strike a reverent chord with anyone familiar. Nemesis, The Sorcerer, Fearful Symmetry, Polar Circus, Whiteman Falls, Wicked Wanda, French Reality, The Weeping Wall – I could go on, but for those who know the names, the desire is already there. For those who don’t, there’s nothing left but to find out. These are the biggest, baddest ice routes around.

That said, the Rockies have so much to offer that there really is something for everyone, especially if you’ve already swung some tools before. The area is massive, and our trips can cover everything from top-rope climbing on ice and modern mixed terrain, big ice routes of all sorts, and even alpine outings. Venues include the Ghost River Wilderness (better known only as “The Ghost”), Haffner Creek and Field, BC, and of course The Icefields Parkway. Access to the area is easy from Calgary, and depending on the program, we may be based in Canmore, Banff, Field, and/or the Parkway.

If you’re ready to go big, come to Canada. You won’t regret it, you’ll only want to come back.

All Canadian ice climbing programs are offered in partnership with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.


January-February, 2018


Banff and Canmore, Alberta

Field, British Columbia



1:1 – $500/day

2:1 – $275 pp/day