Alberta Ice, Rock, Alpine, & Via Ferrata 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 Ice, Rock, Alpine, & Via Ferrata 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 Tairns 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.

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!
Emilie Sutherland
Emilie Sutherland
January 29, 2024.
Tim and Ethan did an absolutely fantastic job guiding my group and I. We had a stellar adventure, which was both fun and safe. They shared so many interesting facts and taught me so much!
Peter Herbert
Peter Herbert
January 23, 2024.
Tim was great guiding ice climbing! He seamlessly adapted to our group’s different skill levels and each person's progression throughout the time. Cheers!
Simon Turner
Simon Turner
December 22, 2023.
Had a great time climbing multi-pitch ice with Tim. He took a lot of time to figure out my goals for the short term and long term and designed a trip that met those goals perfectly. Clearly knew the area and routes well, everything was textbook and always felt safe. Tim even towed my car out of a snowdrift at the end of the day! Highly recommend
Mazzen Black
Mazzen Black
December 19, 2023.
Incredibly fun climbing trip! Tim was knowledgable, friendly, and approachable and always ensured that whatever we did was within our comfort zones and capabilities. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed our trip with Tim and how seamless he made the whole day progress. Will be planning another trip with Girth Hitch soon.
James Hammond
James Hammond
December 19, 2023.
A truly excellent weekend of ice climbing with incredible instructors and beautiful locations. Everything about my experience with Girth Hitch Guiding was simply top quality. I can't wait to come back again and again.
Jerry Holik
Jerry Holik
December 18, 2023.
Our ice climbing experience with Girth Hitch was outstanding. Tim provided us with top notch equipment and took us through an amazing experience that allowed us to practice different technical skills on various ice flows. We highly recommend climbing with Girth Hitch.

From Tim’s Rocky Mountain CLimbing Journal

Better Together Part II

Better Together Part II

I processed the loss of Andrew and Nate differently than many people. I surrounded myself with a safety net and kept my feet moving. During the days after the accident it was amazing to watch the climbing community surround Andrew and Nate’s partners with love and care. $58,932 was donated to help their loved ones move through the grieving process and get on their feet.

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Discovering the Untouched Beauty of David Thompson Country in Winter

Discovering the Untouched Beauty of David Thompson Country in Winter

Take scenic winter drive along Highway 11 in David Thompson Country located in Alberta, Canada. It’s a great destination for those looking to experience a unique winter road trip and explore the beauty of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The highway runs east-west and is full of forests and majestic mountain views, making it an ideal spot for snow camping, ice canyon exploration, ice climbing, ice bubble hunting and other winter activities.

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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