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Novice to Expert
Flexible Dates
Small Groups

Intro or Advanced:
CD$320 + 5% GST
incl. gear & boots
3 - 5 participants

CD$ 420 (1 client)
CD$ 480 (2 clients)
CD$ 540 (3 clients)
CD$ 580 (4 clients)
plus 5% GST

Premiums apply for longer days > 10 hrs or harder WI 4

DATES 2014 / 15:
Custom Guiding

Ice Courses:
At a minimum of 3 participants we can open courses at your preferred dates

** = can be combined with advanced course

2 Days
Intro Course:
- Nov 29 - 30*
- Dec 13 - 14*
- Dec 20 - 21*
- Dec 26-27
- Dec 27 - 28*
- Dec 30 - 31
- Jan 3 - 4*
- Jan 8 - 9**
- Jan 17 - 18*,**
Jan 19 - 20
- Jan 25 -26
- Feb 1-2
- Feb 7 - 8*
- Feb 11 - 12
- Feb 15-16
- Feb 21-22
- Feb 25 - 26
- Mar 1-2
- Mar 7 - 8
Mar 14-15*
- Mar 19-20
- Apr 1-2
- Apr 11 - 12*

2 Days
Advanced Course:
** = can be combined with intro course

- Nov 26 - 27
- Dec 6 - 7*
- Dec 20 - 21*
- Dec 29 - 30
- Jan 3 -4
- Jan 10 - 11*,**
- Jan 19 - 20**
- Feb 4 - 5
- Feb 23 - 24**
- Feb 24 - 25
- Mar 16 - 17**
- Mar 21 - 22*,**
- Apr 3- 4



Ice Climbing
in the Canadian Rockies
Waterfall Ice Climbing in Canmore and Banff Area, Ghost River Valley, Kananaskis, Banff and Yoho National Park, Canada.

Custom Trips and Climbing Courses - All Levels!

- Best ice climbing in North America
- Most reliable ice conditions
- Few crowds
- Many climbs with short approaches
- Many moderate multi-pitch classics
- Excellent beginner/practise climbs
- Skiing in Banff / Lake Louise

Having lived and ice climbed extensively in Europe, Colorado and Canada, we believe the Canadian Rockies are by far THE BEST as far as ice climbing goes: Dramatic vertical relief and cooold winters make for reliably "phat" conditions from November through April.
This is only one reason why the town of Canmore has earned itself a reputation as the "world capital of ice climbing". The other reason might be the excellent infrastructure appreciated by most of us after a hard day on the ice: Good value accommodation, charming restaurants and coffee shops, pubs with live music and the Banff hot springs! Check out our own inofficial Canmore guide for travelling climbers!

From Canmore or Banff the approaches are quick.
A short drive and a walk anywhere from ten to sixty minutes opens up a wealth of terrain - from easy topropes for beginners to multi pitch extreme classics!

Depending on our client's preferences, we can also base ourselves for a night or two in Lake Louise, about 45 minutes drive from Canmore in the heart of Banff National Park, which gives even quicker access to the climbs along the Icefield Parkway or to the wealth of routes in Yoho National Park.

Waterfall Ice Climbing, Canadian Rockies

Ice Climbing in the
Canadian Rockies

Trip Details and Small Print

Curriculum Covered
Intro Course:
Knots, principles of waterfall ice climbing, safety and site management,
ice bouldering, belays, anchors, climbing techniques,
lots of toproping,
TR and pre-potected lead climbing,
ice & avalanche hazard evaluation,
multi-pitch as a follower.
Advanced Course:
Review of beginner's course contents,
ice bouldering,
focus on improving climbing technique, difficult toproping, prepotected lead climbing, ice & avalanche hazard evaluation,
coaching on single and multi-pitch climbs as a leader of a party.
Private Guiding
- 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.

Why book with us?
Flexible Dates: Dates for our courses don't work for you? If there are at least 2 participants, we can open up a course at your preferred dates. For our custom guiding days, we can accomodate you any time!
Small group size for ice climbing courses: Our group sizes are usually 3 to 4 participants, maximum 6 participants per guide! We run a course already with as little as 2 participants, which means we can confirm early on, that a course is happening rather than cancel on you a week before the trip starts.
Equipment use / Boot rental included: No rental fee or hazzle to get to the rental store in the morning before the ice climbing course.
Personal Touch: From the minute you inquire about a trip with us, you communicate with the owner, who does most of the guiding himself. We walk the extra mile to help you with planning your entire vacation in the Canadian Rockies, including insider advice, accomodation and airport shuttles.
Transport: We can usually arrange for you to catch a ride with the guide to get to the climbs at cost.

Can I do it?
All our courses are aimed at equipping you with all the skills necessary to eventually lead ice climbs on your own. Come prepared to walk to the climbs--anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours. Especially later in the season, we might need snow shoes or skis to approach some of the ice climbs.

Meeting Point:
Banff or Canmore, Alberta at 8 AM on the first day of the course. If you require rental gear you can arrange for a pick up at our office in Canmore the previous day. We gladly assist you in arranging lodging and airport transfers from and to Calgary International (1.25 hrs).

Climate, Weather, Temperatures:
Ice climbing requires cold weather. Be prepared and equipped for temps down to -20 C or -7F.

Pricing and Services Included in Quoted Prices:
Ice Climbing Courses:
Rates include guiding/instruction by an IFMGA and/or ACMG certified mountain, alpine or assitant alpine guide,
equipment use (ice tools, harnesses, ice screws, helmets, ropes), boot rental and guide driving expenses.

Custom Ice Guiding:
Rates include guiding/instruction by an UIAGM and/or ACMG certified mountain, alpine or assitant alpine guide,
equipment use (ice tools, harnesses, ice screws, helmets, ropes), boot rental at CD$ 10 / person / day. Guide driving expenses are being billed at $0.3 / km, unless clients can provide transport.
Rates quoted are for average ice climbing days in the vicinity of Canmore or Banff up to grade WI 4. Premiums apply for harder or longer routes as well as destinations that require more than 1 hr of driving time from Canmore.

We will gladly quote you all-inclusive prices with lodging and air port pick up / drop off in Calgary or we can assist you in making reservations for the lodging and transport option of your choice.

Not Included in the Quoted Prices Are:
Lodging, food, lunches, drinks, rental fees for boots (custom guiding only), driving expenses (can be quoted seperately)


1-800-506-7177 or (001) (403) 678-2717 -  email:info@ontopmountaineering.com
Canada: 340 Canyon Close, Canmore, AB T1W 1H4, Canada
USA: 119 S. Sherwood, Fort Collins, CO 80155, USA

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