Alpine Climbing

Robson, Edith Cavell, Victoria, Temple and Assiniboine. These may be some of the more famous peaks in the Canadian Rockies but there are so many more to chose from. Glacier ascents, rock ridges, snow and ice faces; easy or hard, big and small - there is a mountain with your name on it! Or, if rock climbing is more your game then try some of the rock peaks in the Rockies, Rogers Pass or the Bugaboos: Alpine Rock


Climbers on Mt. Victoria, my favourite alpine climb

The Classics

There is so much classic alpine climbing here, as good as anything in the world. Base from a hut or make a high bivouac! Try one of these:

  • Mt. Victoria, South Ridge: 2 days, hut based
  • Mt Fay, North Face or West Ridge: 2 days, hut based
  • Mt. Andromeda, Skyladder, 1.5 days, car camping
  • Mt. Aberdeen, North Glacier, 1.5 days, bivouac

An early morning approach to Mt. Athabasca

Easy Glacier Climbs

If you're new to alpine climbing or just want something easier, there are several classic glacier climbs in the area. If you wish you may add a half or full day before the summit attempt to practice some mountaineering skills. Here are a few options:

  • Mt. Athabasca, 1.5 to 2 days, car camping
  • The President, 3 or more days, hut or camp based
  • Mt. Hector, 1 to 2 days, day trip or camping

Mark leading through The Roof on Mt. Robson. Photo: Merrie-Beth Board

"11ers" and expeditions

Mark is the first person to have guided all 54 of the 11-thousand foot peaks in the Rockies. We specialize in these high peaks and expeditions to other remote summits in the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. Here are some ideas:

  • Lyells Traverse - summit five 11ers in one day!
  • Mt. Robson, Kain Route
  • Mt. Temple, East Ridge
  • Mt. Dawson, Selkirk Mountains

Pricing and Logistics

  • One person: starting at C$600/day
  • Two people: starting at C$700/day
  • Guide/client ratios depend on the objective
  • Ask about pricing for larger groups
  • Prices may vary depending on difficulty and length of objective
  • Catering, hut fees, national park fees and other expenses are extra
  • Please add 5% tax to all prices