Michael Bruce Mt. Victoria

Michael Bruce on Mt. Victoria.

What is mountaineering?

Often referred to as Alpinism or mountain climbing, mountaineering is the sport, hobby, or profession of climbing mountains. It is all about challenge and perseverance, about putting hands and feet onto rock, ice, and snow to reach a lofty summit.  There, high above the cities, towns, and valley bottoms, the mountaineer can pause and enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds them.

Many people who would never think about ice climbing or rock climbing and its perils, enjoy hiking and mountaineering throughout the Rockies and the Interior ranges of British Columbia.

If you’re into ticking off 11,000 foot peaks in the Rockies, tackling granite spires in the Bugaboos, or lofty quartzite peaks of Rogers Pass…. we’ve got you covered.

Summer Alpine Ice Climbing

Alpine Ice extends our season year round, when winter ends its time to get out on the big ice lines of the high mountains.
In the winter, cold temperatures, difficulty of access and avalanche hazard make many of these routes unattainable. For the rest of the year they come into their own. These routes are generally longer and more remote than winter ice climbs, and often go right to the summit. The type of climbing utilizes your waterfall ice skills and more. Additional challenges may include; glacier travel, rock climbing sections(keep your crampons on and let the sparks fly), multiday ascents, and access to remote locations.

You run the whole gauntlet of climbing mediums (rock, ice, snow, mixed), that’s what makes it so awesome.

If you have a specific goal or peak in mind, please contact us to discuss details and options.

The season typically runs from June to October.


Group Size

Price per day

Amount per person

*Please add 5% sales tax to the above amounts.
*There may be additional expenses such as food, gear rental, park fees, transportation or accomodation.
*Full day and multiday trips available.

Guiding Ratios

Larger more complex objectives are often guided 1:1, while smaller less technical objectives may be guided at a higher ratio. For mountaineering trips with minimal technical terrain, larger groups can be accommodated. Get in touch with us to discuss your options.

 Surcharge for BIG routes

For larger objectives or routes with increased hazards, there may be an additional charge applied to your booking. Mountaineering/Alpine Rock days that exceed 10 hours in length, rock climbs that are longer than 400 meters, or ice climbs graded WI5 or higher are good examples of when this surcharge would apply. You may also need to demonstrate the ability and experience required to your guide. Prep days or training days are not uncommon, and can be arranged to see if you’re ready for your chosen BIG route. Surcharge amount can be $200.00 or more per day. Please contact us if you think your BIG route may fall into this category.