Adventure type

alpine climbing

Try Ice climbing, learn to Rock climb, Lead & multi pitch – all in the David Thompson Corridor and Bow Valley, Alberta.

Let’s get into the Alpine!

Alpine climbing is an incredible way to get to some of the less accessible places in the mountains. Climbers travel through diverse terrain with a mixture of rock climbing, scrambling and hiking. Tick off a major summit goal (the Canadian Rockies are home to many 11,000ers!), build skills, and reach spectacular heights in the mountains!

Try Alpine Climbing

Try Alpine Climbing

If you enjoy hiking and scrambling, come try alpine climbing. It might be for you!

Join us for an unforgettable experience of alpine climbing a technical mountain.. This fun, thrilling experience lets you explore places that are inaccessible to most travellers.

Avid hiker, some rope skills from rock climbing are helpful.
COST: $322 PER PERSON

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Heli-Glacier Adventure

Heli-Glacier Adventure

This amazing helicopter and alpine travel trip takes you to untouched places!

Alpine climbing is the most rewarding and exciting way to move in the mountains. This trip allows you the thrill of Alpine climbing without the hard work to get there. Experience the Rocky Mountain alpine high places.

No experience required
COST: $599 PER PERSON

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Cline Tairns Heli-Alpine Camp

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

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Multi Day Alpine Climbing Trips

Multi Day Alpine Climbing Trips

Hut based adventures or alpine climbing from a 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./p>

Alpine Skills or Try Alpine Climbing
COST: $459 PER PERSON

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Alpine Skills Weekends

Alpine Skills Weekends

Start alpine climbing with a solid foundation! Alpine climbing is fun, but it can be a bit overwhelming at times.

Begin learning to read terrain, manage multiple overlapping risk factors, move in snow and understand glacier travel. Take your team’s safety seriously by forming smooth skills so that you can achieve success

Rock Safe or Equivalent
COST: $497 PER PERSON

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Alpine Leadership Week

Alpine Leadership Week

Join us for an unforgettable week of alpine leadership and skill development.

Refine the skills and tools required to make decisions and climb in the dynamic alpine environment. You should leave this course feeling empowered to confidently begin alpine climbing independently.

Alpine Skills, Rock Safe, or equivalent experience
COST: $1161 PER PERSON

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Classic Canadian Rockies 11,000ers

Classic Canadian Rockies 11,000ers

Tackle one of the famous Rocky Mountain 11,000 foot peaks.

Alpine climbing is the most rewarding and exciting way to move in the mountains. We incorporate all mountain disciplines to fluidly summit one of the highly sought after Canadian Rockies 11,000 ers.

No experience required for 2 day bookings, Alpine Skills or Try Alpine Climbing for 1 day bookings

COST: $322 PER PERSON

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Frequently Asked Questions about Alpine Climbing

How do I get into alpine climbing?

Alpine climbing requires skill and competence in the mountains. A great start is to learn to rock climb, as almost all alpine climbing involves some alpine climbing. Here are some basic suggestions:

 

  1. Learn to rock climb
  2. Get the proper equipment 
  3. Take a rock climbing safety course 
  4. Find someone to learn and to climb with. 
  5. Hire a guide

How do I stay safe when alpine climbing?

  • Have the right equipment – alpine climbing is a technical type of climbing. It is very important to ensure you have the right safety equipment and that you know how to use it. 
  • Climb within your ability. 
  • Group dynamics – make sure your group has good communication. Weather and other stressors can impact one’s ability to hear and to communicate. Ensure your group knows the plan to communicate and is capable of communicating both interpersonally and with the correct tools. 
  • Have a plan – make a plan before you head out on your trip. Knowing what you will do if someone gets injured, if the conditions or weather is poor, or the trip is taking longer than planned, is crucial to a safe trip. Also make sure you share this plan with someone who is not going on the trip to enable emergency support if needed. 

Additionally, know the route and track your progress using maps and navigation tools

  • Check the weather forecast and conditions.

What do I need to go alpine climbing?

  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness  
  • Guide belay device  
  • Non locking carabiners  
  • Locking carabiners  
  • Double length (120cm) dyneema runner  
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • 30-40 Litre backpack

OPTIONAL BUT BENEFICIAL:

  • 5 Meter bundle of 7mm cordelette
  • Petzl Micro Traxion and Tiblock
  • Short Prusik or 13.5 inch Sterling Hollow Block

Is alpine climbing the same as mountaineering?

Mountaineering is where the climber’s main goal is to achieve a climb at high altitudes, while alpine climbing is when the goal is to climb with more technical challenges. Alpine climbing includes rock climbing and/or ice climbing with snow covered terrain at some point.

What is the difference between alpine climbing and rock climbing?

Rock climbing often focuses on the physical challenge of rock climbing, while alpine climbing requires greater technical skill and competence to safely climb a route.

Alpine climbing also involves more specific equipment like ice tools, and crampons.

Need Help?

We have a progression decision tree on our Chose Your Adventure page.

Would you like to plan a custom Guided Adventure in the David Thompson Corridor, Jasper or the Bow Valley? We’d love to be a part of your Mountain trip!