Introduction to Mountaineering
Introduction to Mountaineering

Introduction to Mountaineering

6 days

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Develop an understanding of mountaineering basics in the Rockies

Are you a solid hiker looking to get to the next level? Learn the fundamentals of mountain navigation and movement on the Introduction to Mountaineering course, an unforgettable adventure designed to teach you the skills you’ll need to conquer new mountains without previous experience required.

All you need to take this course is a solid level of hiking fitness. You’ll be taught from the ground up, learning about proper equipment use, movement skills, safety essentials, and on-mountain movement. You’ll do it all with the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies as your backdrop! On the final day, you’ll be given the chance to lead the group, putting everything you’ve learned into practice. If you’re wanting to further your mountain adventures, the Introduction to Mountaineering course is perfect for you.

Highlights of the Introduction to Mountaineering

Start from the beginning to learn the fundamentals of mountaineering in a true mountain environment.
Learn from well-trained, certified guides who can provide enthusiastic tips and feedback.
Build your confidence in alpine terrain with the stunning Canadian Rockies as your backdrop.
Leave on the final day feeling ready to advance your mountaineering skills and reach new heights.

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6 days
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Introduction to Mountaineering

Introduction to Mountaineering Itinerary

Day 1 Meet and First Lessons

Begin your course by meeting in Canmore. You’ll go over your equipment and fit your crampons, then head to Bow Lake. From here, you’ll hike to Bow Hut, where you’ll settle in for the night.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut in the Canadian Rockies
Distance: 3-5 hours
Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2-5 Mountaineering near Bow Hut

Get ready to learn! The next three days will be spent learning crevasse rescue, glacier morphology, crampon technique, low angle climbing, ice screw use, axe use, and more. You’ll climb peaks like Mt. Olive, Mt. St. Nicholas, Mt. Gordon, and Mt. Thompson. When you’re ready, you’ll have the chance to lead the group on a climb.

Each evening, you’ll return to Bow Hut to rest up and relax.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut in the Canadian Rockies
Distance: Between 8-10 hours per day
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Technique Review and Return to Canmore

Take a final day to review your technique, then begin the hike back down to Bow Lake. Your tour concludes once you get back to Canmore.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: 8km, 20m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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Introduction to Mountaineering Price and Dates

This guided mountaineering tour in the Canadian Rockies is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you). Please note that due to very high demand and limited availability in campgrounds it is necessary to plan your trip a long time in advance.

Prices below are per person:

Jun 05, 2022
Jun 10, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jun 12, 2022
Jun 17, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jun 19, 2022
Jun 24, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jul 03, 2022
Jul 08, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jul 10, 2022
Jul 15, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jul 24, 2022
Jul 29, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jul 31, 2022
Aug 05, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 07, 2022
Aug 12, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 14, 2022
Aug 19, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 21, 2022
Aug 26, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 28, 2022
Sep 02, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Sep 11, 2022
Sep 16, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Sep 25, 2022
Sep 30, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Oct 08, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
From Canmore, Alberta
To Canmore, Alberta
USD$1,495
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on the Introduction to Mountaineering Tour

This tour is based in mountain huts. Sleeping areas are communal and the facilities are basic. There is no running water, but you will gather water as needed.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
There are no single rooms available on this tour as all accommodations are communal. There may be a minimum required group size, so please contact us about joining an existing group if you are a solo traveller.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1-5

Bow Hut in the Canadian Rockies

This hut is operated by the Alpine Club of Canada and provides basic accommodations in a stunning location.

What’s Included in the Introduction to Mountaineering Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners are included. If you have a special dietary requirement, please let us know. Additional charges may apply for dietary restrictions.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 5 nights are included on this tour.

Transportation During the Tour

This tour starts and ends in Canmore, from where all necessary transfers are included. You are responsible for getting to tour starting location yourself.

Also Included

  • Crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, etc.
  • Excess luggage storage

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included
  • GST (5%)

Optional Extras

  • Special dietary requirement meals

Frequently Asked Questions about Introduction to Mountaineering

Located in Canmore, Alberta at the gates of Banff National Park, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is one of Canada’s premier providers of mountaineering, rock & ice climbing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. For over 40 years, we have hosted thousands of clients from Canada and all over the world. Our brand is known for quality mountain experiences, safety, and well-organized itineraries. We have some of the best mountain guides and hiking guides in the industry. All Yamnuska Mountain Adventures climbing guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. While you don’t need any experience mountaineering, this tour is not recommended for beginner hikers. You should have experience hiking and a high level of fitness to enjoy this tour, as you’ll be on the mountain for 8-10 hours each day completing high-elevation climbs.

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