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Jasper National Park is the biggest park in Canada with over 11,000 square kilometers and a myriad of ascents that are just waiting to be climbed! Visit this stunning area full of spectacular wildlife and join your guide on a two-day alpine climbing adventure. Located in the Columbia Icefield, the heart of Jasper National Park, Mt. Athabasca provides excellent big mountain terrain, as well as multi-pitch snow and ice routes of all grades and styles. There are several climbing routes, but the most famous one is Silverhorn, named after one of the most prominent features, the horned-shaped tip near the top. Learn more about the skills and techniques that every alpine enthusiast should master while summiting the breathtaking Mt. Athabasca–one of the most famous mountains in the Canadian Rockies!

  • Experience the thrill of climbing an 11,000 footer giant

  • Spectacular summit views from the edge of the Columbia Icefields

  • Several climbing routes provide options for different goals and skill levels

Itinerary

Spend two days in Jasper National Park and expand your alpine climbing skill set with the help of an expert guide. Spend two days climbing glaciated terrain and steep snow/ice and learn the basics of crevasse rescue. Put your newly acquired skills to the test as you summit Mt. Athabasca, one of the most accessible and enjoyable big peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the ascent, take in the views from the top, and make the most of your weekend!

  • Meet your guides in the morning hours at the Icefields campground in Jasper National Park. Your group will be car camping at that location for the evening. Spend your first day practicing different crucial alpine skills which may include climbing a smaller peak. Some of the skills you will practice with your guide will include ice climbing, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, rappelling, and ice screw anchors.

  • On your second day, you and your group will attempt to summit Mt. Athabasca (3491m) under the watchful eye of your experienced guide. It will be an early start — after a quick breakfast, you will be leaving camp around 4 a.m., so take the time to condition yourself the week before. If Athabasca is unattainable for whatever reason, one of the many other lower peaks will be attempted, such as A2 (a sub-peak of Athabasca), Boundary Peak (another sub-peak), or nearby Mt. Wilcox. Practice your newly acquired skills in the field and discover the beauty of Jasper!

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Meet your guides

Jeff Bullock
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Jeff Bullock
ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide and Owner of Alpine Air Adventures
ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide and Owner of Alpine Air Adventures
When he first stepped foot in the mountains, Jeff knew this was home. He’s been wondering what adventures the snow capped peaks have in store since he was 12. Jeff started training for his ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide certificate in 2002 and started his own business, Alpine Air Adventures. To this day, he has yet to find a better feeling than sharing his passion for adventure you can only find high up in the alpine kingdom of the Canadian Rockies
Alpine Air Adventures
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Alpine Air Adventures
Alpine Air Adventures
You’re never on your own in the Banff wilderness because the experienced professionals from Alpine Air Adventures are here to guide you. While they know how to have a great time, they’re always mindful of advanced safety practices. They’re committed to showing each of their guests the best of the Rockies while protecting them every step of the way.

Things to know

  • 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 Jasper National Park, AB, please refer to the official Alberta webpage.

    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 in this adventure:

    • An experienced, local mountain guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Two days of alpine rock climbing
    • All group technical gear

    What’s not included:

    • Accommodation
    • Camping fees
    • Transportation
    • Meals and snacks
    • Alpine kit, crampons, harness, ice axe, and helmet (can be rented for $25.00 per day)
  • This course suits all levels of climbers from beginner to advanced and is a great way to further your skills. You will need a good level of fitness as you will be moving for a minimum of three hours on the rocks plus some additional hiking. Even though climbing is all about using good movement techniques, a weekend in the alpine environment will test you. Minimum experience includes strong hiking and/or scrambling experience. Be prepared for two full days of strenuous climbing in cold temperatures and changeable weather conditions.

  • If you’ve never alpine climbed before, we recommend taking an introduction to climbing course or spending a day with a guide learning the basics prior to booking this adventure.

    Alpine climbing is not for first-time rock climbers, but if you have some experience in scrambling and hiking, there are routes that you can successfully complete with the help of a guide. This course is meant to develop existing skills that will take your climbing to the next level. You will spend time on rock, snow, and ice terrain to round out the skill set with guides that have years and years of mountain experience to share with you.

  • All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

    • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
    • Ropes
    • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
    • 3 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners
    • 2x5m 6mm prusik cord
    • Alpine kit, crampons, harness, axe, and helmet (can be rented for $25.00 per day)

    Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Fleece or wool hat
    • Neck gaiter
    • Face mask
    • Lightweight and midweight gloves
    • Hardshell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
    • Lightweight wind shell
    • Down or synthetic jacket with hood
    • Long-sleeved base layer
    • Long base layer pants (tights work well in the summer)
    • Hardshell pants
    • Softshell pants (wind-proof or wind-resistant)
    • Leg gaiters (ankle to mid calf height works best in summer)
    • Liner socks and wool socks
    • Underwear
    • Mountaineering boots that work with crampons (can be rented)
    • Rock shoes (can be rented)
    • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around 40-55L)
    • Sunglasses or a visor hat
    • Headlamp
    • Pillow, light and small
    • Sleeping bag (3 season, -9 oC min)
    • Car camping gear
    • Ice axe (can be rented)
    • Crampons (can be rented)
    • Trekking poles
    • Water bottle or hydration pack
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Bowl, mug, and spork
    • Pocket knife
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Pee bottle — optional
    • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    • Ice axe, crampons, helmet and harness package from your guides for $25;
    • Mountaineering boots and rock shoes from Gear Up.

    All rentals can be found in Canmore. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes:

    • For this adventure, the standard client-to-guide ratio is 3:1. All pricing is per person.
    • A minimum of 3 participants is required for the tour to run. If you’re interested in a solo or private tour, contact us to make arrangements.

    Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Age requirements:

    • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this climbing adventure.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Jasper National Park, most people fly into Calgary International Airport. Once you get to Calgary, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. It takes about 4.5 hours to reach Jasper, and just over 4 hours to reach Columbia Icefields.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the exact place to meet. The course typically begins at 8.30 on Saturday at the Icefields campground in Jasper National Park. From there you will head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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