Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Trips

Alpine mountaineering is the best! Grand views, lots of hard work and the rewards gained from a well-executed plan. Every trip is an adventure – even the peaks I have climbed a lot. Snow conditions and glaciers change & the guests are always new. And the heights! The views are fabulous and the position on the peaks spectacular. On a fine day where else should you be? I have been actively climbing here in Canada for over 35 seasons and with every summit I stand on I can see more summits that haven’t felt my foot. Let’s get to it!

The mountaineering season in the Rockies starts in late May and can often be great right into October with our famous Indian summer. It mostly comes down to freezing levels and the resulting snow conditions. May and June trips are less predictable than later in the season and as such for early season trips I suggest we devise an alternate “plan B” along with the primary plan rather than fight the conditions.

Below is a small sampling of mountaineering and alpine climbing options graded by difficulty: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Note that I have also provided suggestions as to the “best” season, time frame, guide/guest ratio and a comment about the style of accommodation. Custom trips worldwide can be arranged including the Saint Elias and Mt. Logan, the Waddington Group, Baffin Island, Peru, Nepal and the European Alps!

Beginner: no previous mountaineering experience. Good fitness and a sense of adventure!

Intermediate: Basic knowledge of belays, crevasse rescue, knots and movement on snow and ice using crampons and ice axe. Comfortable moving on rock to 5.4 and on exposed (3rd/4th class) terrain. Comfortable carrying moderate loads to 15 kg.

Advanced: Applied knowledge of belays, crevasse rescue and knots. Comfortable moving on 60 degree snow and ice with short steep sections. Comfortable seconding rock to 5.7 and moves quickly on loose exposed (3rd/4th class) ground. Can carry heavy loads to 20 kg.

Click on a trip name below to learn more about the trip and what is involved.

Scheduled Trips

Bugaboos Alpine Rock

Dates: July 6-11, July 12-17, 2014
Cost: $1950
Grade: Beginner to Advanced   
Accommodation: Conrad Kain Hut or Tent Camping at Applebee Dome
Includes: Guiding, hut or camping fees, breakfast & dinners, porter, group equipment

Mt. Robson (3954m)

Grade: August 11-15, 2014
Cost: $5400
Ratio: 1:2     
Accommodation: Camping
Includes: Guiding, breakfast & dinners, group equipment, helicopter
 

Available Trips

Assiniboine - The "Matterhorn of the Rockies" (3618m)

Grade: Intermediate
Season: July to September 
Time: 3 to 5 days   
Ratio: 1:2 (depending on experience)    
Accommodation: Hind Hut

Mt. Athabasca (3491m), Andromeda and the Columbia Icefields Region

Grade: Beginner to Advanced   
Season: May- October   
Time: 2-6 days   
Ratio: Depends on difficulty
Accommodation: Car Camping or the Columbia Icefields Hotel

Bugaboos Alpine Rock

Grade: Beginner to Advanced   
Season: mid-June to September   
Time: 3-10 days   
Ratio: Depends on objectives
Accommodation: Conrad Kain Hut or Tent Camping at Applebee Dome

Mt. Fay (3234m)

Grade: Intermediate  
Season: July to October   
Time: 2 to 4 days   
Ratio: 1:2   
Accommodation: Neil Colgan Hut

Mt. Temple (3543m) East Ridge

Grade: Strong Intermediate  
Season: July to September  
Time: 1 or 2 days   
Ratio: 1:1  
Accommodation: Bivouac

Mt. Victoria and Lefroy (3464m & 3423m) & the Lake Louise group.

Grade: Strong Beginner    
Season: July – September   
Time: 2-3 days   
Ratio: 1:2   
Accommodation: Abbots Pass Hut

Mt. Robson (3954m)

Grade: Intermediate    
Season: mid-July – September    
Time: 3-7 days depending on options   
Ratio: 1:2     
Accommodation: Camping

Mt. Sir Donald (3298m) and the Selkirk Mountains

Grade: Beginner-Intermediate    
Season: July – September    
Time: 3-5 days depending on options  
Ratio: Depends on objectives     
Accommodation: Camping

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Clinic

Grade: Beginner to Advanced (tailored to suit)    
Season: May – October   
Time: 2 days  
Ratio: 1-6   
Accommodation: Depends on location