Level 3 : Guided Climbing
Climb in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada and you’re in for a treat. This is the Mecca for modern day icefall climbing. 33,000sq kilometres of National Park wilderness complete with moose, grizzly bears, cougars and of course, acres of beautiful ice.
ISM offers two weeks of icefall climbing in Canada, The first week is focused on climbing many of the great grade WI4/4+ icefalls in the Banff and Jasper National Parks and the second week, taken either as a stand alone or continuation of week one, focuses on the more technical world class grade 4+/WI5 icefalls in the same area.
Experience world class icefall climbing
Stunning scenery in the Canadian Rockies
Quiet mountains and icefalls which makes for a wild and adventurous trip
Expert guiding from an experienced ISM Guide with 25 years' climbing in the Rockies
Week 1 - Climbing Classic WI4
We get stuck straight into climbing some of the classic icefalls in and around Banff, and then take the week from there in terms of venue choices and taking into account the local conditions and weather. The aim is to enjoy the huge wilderness which makes up the Canadian Rocky Mountains by climbing icefalls in Kananaskis Country, and the Banff, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks. We split venues through the week so that you get a flavour of both the Canadian culture, wildlife and incredible mountain scenery that stretches along the continental divide from Lake Louise and north to Jasper. This first week can be a stand alone week if you only have a week free, but would naturally lead into a second week where you will progress onto more technical icefalls and enjoy more of what the Rockies has to offer.
Week 2 - Climbing Technical WI4+/5
This second week has been designed to follow on as a progression from the first week, offering you a fantastic two-week holday climbing in the Rockies. It can also be taken as a stand-alone technical week of climbing if you only have one week free. We aim to get onto the more technical icefalls that the Rockies is classically famous for, and do routes that are synonymous with the garanduer and wild natuire of the mountains found in this beautiful landscape.
Selection of Route Climbed
- Professor Falls
- Lake Louise Falls
- Guiness Gully
- Extra Lite
- Bow Falls
- Nothing But The Breast
- Elliot Lefthand
- Weeping Wall
- Shades of Beauty
WI4+ to WI6
- Spray River Falls
- Carlsberg Column
- Pilsner Pillar
- Field of Dreams
- Oh La Tabernac
- Kitty Hawk
- Polar Circus
- Weeping Wall
- Curtain Call
If you are interested in joining either or both weeks please contact Adrian Nelhams for further information firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Accommodation on this course is on a bed and breakfast basis - click on Information Sheet for full details.
Course Dates & Booking
Please call +44 (0) 1539 721561 for availability
Meet the Team
ISM Director and IFMGA British Mountain Guide
As a Director of ISM, Adrian splits his time between guiding, the ISM office, family and climbing for himself. During his 25 year commitment to the team, Adrian has played a key role in the development of ISM.Read More
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Testimonials For ISM
Terry was a wonderful guide and made everything fun, laid-back and an overall good experience. I would be happy to ski or climb with him again. All the logistics in Leysin and in Italy went smoothly. A really nice time.
Advanced Ski Touring Skills (Instructional Course)
The course content was brilliant. No knocking whatsoever. We had Jacky for the duration, and his experience shines through and his leadership. He taught me a lot of things, not just the black and white of things but actually quick methods to overcome tricky situations!
Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course)
Thanks for a fantastic week. It was really one of the best things I have ever done. I learned a lot during the week, not only about climbing technique, but also about attitude.
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