Canadian Rockies Mountain Climbing Adventure ToursThe Canadian Rockies offer some of the finest ice, rock, and alpine climbing in the world. The area has become a mecca for world class mountain climbers. Canadian Rockies' routes are varied; offering both experienced and beginner climbers an opportunity to challenge themselves. Below is a selected list of tours among many spectacular alpine and ice climbs in the Canadian Rockies.
Mount Fay (3234 m, 10610 ft)
Route: Central Ice Bulge Direct
Alpine Grade: II
This Canadian Rocky Mountain climb is located near Lake Louise in the Valley of Ten Peaks. Most parties take a day tour to approach via the Perren Route (5.6 & 5.4 pitch) or the Schiesser Ledges and spend the night at the Neil Colgan Hut. The climb itself is straight forward snow and ice climbing. The descent route is the SW face.
Stanley Peak (3155 m, 10351 ft)Route: Y Couloir Variation
Alpine Grade: III
This rockies tour route ascends the rocky mountains' north face. It is not particularly difficult but nevertheless well worthwhile. The route crosses the Canadian glacier and straight up the ice/snow. The mountain can be descended off the backside, but this can be tedious and require good route finding.
Mount Andromeda (3450 m, 11319 ft)Route: Skyladder
Alpine Grade: II
A straight forward climb without any technical tour difficulties and is the most popular route in Canada's Rocky Columbia Icefields. Some tour groups are caught off guard and flounder when the slope is open ice, which is usually by August.
Kidd Falls (Kananaskis Country)
Grade: 75 m (246 ft) WI 4
The rocky mountain tour route sits above the Rockies Galatea parking lot on Highway 40. The first mountain climbing pitch is almost 60 m (197 ft) and ends at a bolted belay. The second pitch (only 15 m/49 ft) has an airy feeling if it's early in the year and not filled out. The belay is bolted. This area is prone to avalanche hazard and many canadian rockies mountain climbers have been caught. This tour route must be rappelled off.
Louise Falls (Banff National Park)
Grade: 110 m (361 ft) WI 4+/5
A great mountain climb with a very short approach as it is situated at the back of Lake Louise. The tour route is more challenging earlier in the year when the upper curtain is still a pillar and hanging curtain. It's a popular rocky mountain tour route, with often as many as six parties at one time climbing it. Watch for our canadian ice! The tour route can be walked off on the climbers right.
Coire Dubh Intégrale (Kananaskis Country)
Grade: 550 m (1804 ft), 5.7, WI 3
Varying climb takes you over easy ice, snow, and scree to finish with a 5.7 rock climb. It is possible to bail onto easier 5.4 terrain by moving to the right. This Rockies tour lies on Goat Mountain, and the actual climb ends very near the summit of Loder Peak. Descent is on the south ridge directly to the 1A highway. It's a very pleasant late winter climb when the Chinook's are blowing.
Mount Lorette (Kananaskis Country)
Grade: II, 5.4, South Ridge
Not a very high peak in the Canadian Rockies, however, there is some airy mountain climbing that will make new climbers exhilarated and possibly a tad nervous. The ascent follows the south ridge where most of the terrain can be short-roped. There has been two fatalities in the last couple years, so don't under-estimate this rockies' tour. This climbing is fast and fun. Descent is via a north gully. There are some pins along the way.
This House of Sky (Ghost River)
Grade: 550+ m (1640 ft) WI 3
This great rockies' climb covers easy to moderate ground quickly. It is an excellent place for a group to work out kinks with multi-pitch climbing in preparation for longer, more difficult mountain tour routes. When you think you've reached the top, look up higher on the face and, if your feeling good, head for the smears at the back of the bowl and keep climbing.
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