Ice Climbing Canmore
Canmore: (Ice & Mixed Climbing) Canmore is just in the perfect location in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Having the Kananaskis just to 20 min driving or 10 min driving to Banff up to 2hrs driving to Jasper National Park, it's what makes Canmore so centric. Canmore is considered the mecca of ice climbing and it welcomes any ice climber of any level and experience. We would stay at hostels and move around for climbing the best ice climbs of the season that fits your level and capacity.
Ice Climbing Rating System
- WI 1: Flat – like a lake… and no routes are graded WI 1.
- WI 2: Low angle ice or very short pitches up to 80 degrees.
- WI 3: Sustained pitches up to 80-degree ice with good resting places. Requires skills for placing protection.
- WI 4: Sustained pitches of vertical or off-vertical ice. May have some run-outs between protection.
- WI 5: Long pitches of vertical ice requiring good protection placement.
- WI 6: Full pitches of dead vertical ice. Featured or requiring awkward stances and movement.
- WI 7: Full pitch of thin vertical or overhanging ice. Requires exceptional skill.
- WI 8: Hardest climbs of the world.
Ice climbing is when ascending and/or climbing inclined ice formations. Ice climbers might climb on frozen waterfalls, glaciers or large rocks covered with ice. Special equipment like ice axes, ropes, ice screws and crampons are used to make the ascend on ice possible. Snow and ice are ever-changing environments that make climbing challenging and exciting.
This activity sounds technical but is really accessible to beginners for a taster with the right equipment and guides and at the right place. So you can get the thrill while feeling perfectly safe!