Alberta Rock, Via Ferrata & Alpine Climbing Guides

Come Adventure with us!

Learn To Ice Climb &  Rock Climb. Climb a Via Ferrata. Plan a big Alberta Rockies apline objective.

Ice Climbing on Cline River falls, Nordegg Alberta

Alberta Rock, Via Ferrata & Alpine Climbing Guides

Come Adventure with us!

New This Summer:

Heli-Access Alpine Camp!

Most Popular
This Season

Spring Into Rock

Launch your rock climbing season with this value packed three in one climbing course.

Set yourself up for success this spring. We will complete three courses in four days, along with getting in a ton of climbing experience. Check the boxes on Rock Safe, Lead Rock, and Trad Leader!

Rock Leader and 10+ days of outdoor lead climbing experience
COST: $863 PER PERSON

Cline Tarns Heli-Alpine Camp

Helicopter access! All inclusive alpine climbing from high camp! These are some of the most amazing climbing adventures.

Immerse yourself in the experience of camping in high places and climbing routes that would be otherwise out of reach.

Basic alpine skills, comfort with backpacking and tent sleeping
Cost: $1799 Per Person

The Fox Via Ferrata

This amazing via ferrata climbing route gives intermediate hikers access to a rock climbing experience.

This amazing via ferrata climbing route gives intermediate hikers access to a rock climbing experience – scaling a 500 foot cliff with safety and enjoyment

No experience required
Cost: $149 per person

We Believe Adventure is Transformational:

Reach Within, Rise Above.

Our approach to mountain guiding is centered around you, and bring out your best while adventuring with you in the mountains.

Our years of climbing and exploring the majestic mountains have taught us that being amidst those giants provides far more than just physical fitness and adventure; we have discovered that our time spent in the mountains has a profound effect on our overall wellbeing, both in a spiritual and holistic sense.

The mountains also challenge us to exceed our expectations on both an individual and collective level, pushing ourselves to be better than what we initially thought was possible. We want this for all out our guests.

Bethany Hodgins
Bethany Hodgins
June 1, 2024.
Had a great time with Hamish for the week, he was thoughtful and was always teaching! I appreciated that he shared his decision making process throughout each day, it helped me learn more when I didn't know what questions to ask!
Jason Bradshaw
Jason Bradshaw
May 27, 2024.
Overall 5 star! Eli was a great guide who catered to what I was wanting to get out the day. Mission accomplished! We did a few multipitch rock climbs and I was able to practice the skills he taught me. The weather turned for the better so the climbing part was amazing as well. Thanks Eli and the Girth Hitch team!
Paula Bowman
Paula Bowman
April 29, 2024.
Girth Hitch Guiding was amazing to work with from booking, to answering questions, and sending us all of the information we needed. The guides were patient and kind with our group of youth aged 9-17 and new adult climbers. We had a lot of fun and learned so much!
Virgil Hall
Virgil Hall
April 14, 2024.
I had so much fun and learned so much ice climbing with Tim. He’s so knowledgable and thoughtful. He knew exactly where my learning edge was and positioned me so that I was challenged but not overwhelmed. It was so fun climbing with him!
Mark Erickson
Mark Erickson
April 11, 2024.
Perfect day! Tim was an amazing guide!! Will definitely be going again, can’t wait!!
Ben Forsyth
Ben Forsyth
February 29, 2024.
Had an amazing ice climbing experience with Tim. Couldn’t have asked for anything more for a day on the ice. I would definitely recommend Girth Hitch for your mountain adventure.
Graham Forsyth
Graham Forsyth
February 19, 2024.
Went out for a guided day of ice climbing with Tim. Everything was awesome! Wr had an amazing day, lots of climbing, Tim provided excellent coaching tailored to our abilities, and everyone had a great day. Highly recommend Girth Hitch Guiding!
Melissa Schulze
Melissa Schulze
February 12, 2024.
I have done multiple trips with GHG and I can’t say enough positive feedback to express how much I love doing any types of adventure with Tim. Every time I have a terrific time but also always feel like he takes safety seriously. I have many more trips scheduled and I am 100% looking forward every single one of them, doesn’t matter if it’s ice climbing, rock climbing or alpine. Always a good time!
Amanda Sutherland
Amanda Sutherland
January 30, 2024.
The guides were fantastic for our ice climbing adventure - they had a lot of knowledge about the area, were kind and patient, and very skilled. They made sure that everyone in the group was comfortable and safe throughout the entire trip. I would highly recommend Girth Hitch Guiding to anyone looking for a great outdoor adventure!

From Tim’s Rocky Mountain CLimbing Journal

Exploring the Thrill of Via Ferrata in Banff: Your Ultimate Guide

Exploring the Thrill of Via Ferrata in Banff: Your Ultimate Guide

If you’re seeking an exhilarating adventure that combines hiking and climbing, consider trying Via Ferrata in Banff. This unique experience offers thrill-seekers the chance to traverse the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies, making it a must-visit destination in Alberta. With its breathtaking views and varied routes, Via Ferrata Banff stands out as one of the premier climbing experiences in Canada.

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(Un)finished Business – Finished!

(Un)finished Business – Finished!

After wrapping up the work on Happy People Crag, Liz and I decided it was time to get back on Unfinished Business. I was feeling strong, and I had found an opportunity to make a few minor changes to Unfinished Business on a recent cleaning pass.

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Mount Norquay Lookout: More Than Just a View, It’s an Adventure

Mount Norquay Lookout: More Than Just a View, It’s an Adventure

Perched majestically above the town of Banff, Mount Norquay Lookout offers more than just panoramic views of the Bow Valley and the Canadian Rockies. This iconic spot, accessible via a scenic drive or a picturesque chairlift ride, is a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Visitors can marvel at the expansive vistas, capturing the grandeur of Banff’s rugged landscape and the winding Bow River below​​​​.

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ACMG Certified Guides
in the Alberta Rockies

Find the sweet spot where challenge and growth come together to create profound opportunities for personal development. At Girth Hitch Guiding we foster safe and meaningful experiences in the mountains where ever we take guests in Alberta. We love seeing guests grow on a one-day adventure trying ice climbing while traveling through the David Thompson Country as much as we like planning a big objective guiding a guest up one of Alberta’s famed 11,000 foot peaks.

We also love the joy a group of friends experience the first time they get to climb a Nordegg Via Ferrata together – whether it is the easier ‘The Fox’ or harder ‘From Nordegg with Love’. Via Ferrata is such a great, accessible mountain activity you can do in David Thompson Country, it is a must try activity in the mountains!

Do you want to make the jump from climbing gym to outdoor climbing at the crag? We have programs teaching climbers from all over Alberta how to lead climb, clean and efficiently deal with climbing outdoors in Nordegg. We can also advance to placing and leading on gear while traditional climbing in the Rockies, and annually in our camp in Skaha, Penticton, BC