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The quality of the rock you can sink your fingertips into and the wide array of climbing styles is what makes Canada a world-class rock climbing destination. Here you’ll find many crags and a variety of routes ideal for both newcomers to the sport and experienced climbers. Enjoy conquering limestone and quartzite rock walls and discover the breathtaking panoramas of Canada’s scenery! Here you’ll find epic single- and multi-pitch climbs in areas such as Sunshine Village, Canmore, Bow Valley, as well as the Banff or Lake Louise areas. To name a few routes would be completely unfair as the Rockies offer so many options to choose from, so it’s best to come and see for yourself. With an experienced guide leading you throughout the process, you’ll become a more confident and safer climber. As soon as the adventure ends, we promise—you won’t be able to wait to come back!
An abundance of single- and multi-pitch climbs at your disposal
Soak up Canada’s mountainous vistas as you conquer various routes
Whether you’re just starting out or are an advanced climber, you’ll find an appropriate route
Master new climbing moves with a private guide and watch your skills reach the next level on the Canadian Rockies’ epic walls. Conquer some classic single- or multi-pitch routes and learn valuable tips, tricks, and techniques to complete your climbs. Revel in the far-reaching views of Canadian landscapes and immerse yourself completely in this climbing experience. You’re bound to become a safer climber and you’ll see your confidence grow in no time!
Experience the thrill of climbing in some of the most amazing venues in the Canadian Rockies and learn the basic techniques needed for safe and exciting climbing! Let your certified guide introduce you to the vertical world with valuable lessons on belaying and lowering, communication between climbing partners, hazard awareness, risk mitigation, and more! Seize the opportunity to get to know this rewarding sport and climb with the security of a top-rope.
Take your climbing skills to a whole new level and climb with like-minded people during this 3-day Learn to Lead course in the Canadian Rockies! Let your guide teach you about anchor building using gear and bolts and placing gear while mock leading climbing routes. Cap off the adventure by conquering one of the many classic multi-pitch routes in the Bow Valley area. With your guide’s help, you’ll master new moves and be a safer and more self-assured climber!
Days 1-2: Advanced climbing movement
During the first two days of this climbing adventure in the Canadian Rockies, your guide will focus on showing you and fine-tuning your advanced climbing movement. You’ll progress at an optimal pace and your confidence will increase as a result. You’ll review anchor building using gear and bolts and you’ll learn how to place gear while mock leading climbing routes.
Day 3: Climbing in Bow Valley
Today you’ll climb one of the many classic multi-pitch routes found in the Bow Valley. With the help of your professional guide, you’ll conquer the routes ahead of you and walk away a much improved climber.
Make your way to the Canadian Rockies and scale epic multi-pitch routes in the Canmore, Banff, or Lake Louise areas. Your expert guide will help you find climbs ideal for your current skill level and teach you how to further improve your technique on the rocks. These areas boast long limestone climbs on endless cliffs and there are too many classics to list, so come to the Canadian Rockies and conquer some amazing routes!
I’ve been sport rock, trad rock, ice climbing, crevasse coursing and avalanche training through jeff for many years now. His knowledge of the Rockies is incredible and he brings a really light and fun atmosphere to a training environment every single time we are out. Jeff’s physical abilities and his “let’s do it” approach give me a huge peace of mind. There is never anyone else I would want to contact first to head out on a mountain adventure with.
Jeff was awesome. A very hands on teacher. We tried putting gear in ourselves then he would go over it. It allowed us to think about what made sense to us instead of just regurgitating what we’d been told. Would recommend!
I have been exploring the Rockies with Alpine Air Adventures for the past 12 years and have only good things to say about Jeff and his team of professionals. If you are looking for a safe, thrilling, unique and super fun time in the mountains Alpine Air Adventures is for you!
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Canadian Rockies, please refer to the official Alberta website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
The Canadian Rockies have plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, the Canadian Rockies have loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
Helmet, harness, and climbing shoes are included in the price for the Intro to Rock Climbing adventure. For the other adventures, group technical climbing gear will be provided by your guiding service, but you’ll need to bring:
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Climbing days in the Canadian Rockies can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, most people fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC) 1.5-2 hours away from various climbing sites in the Canadian Rockies. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
The climbing areas that you’ll typically visit on the Intro to Rock Climbing adventure are Sunshine Slabs (Sunshine village) and The Dome (near Canmore). The Learn to Lead adventure is usually held in the Bow Valley area, while if you opt for the Multi-Pitch adventure, you’ll climb in the Canmore, Banff, or Lake Louise areas.
Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.