We have unfortunately had to cancel this winter course. Please check again for this offering next year and enjoy your winter. If you would like to hire Maarten privately please contact him at m.van.haeren@gmail.com - The ACC Adventures Team

Camp Highlights

  • Led by ice and mixed ACMG guide Maarten Van Haeren
  • Learn in arguably the world's #1 ice climbing destination
  • Develop skills with personalized and hands-on teaching 

Dates & price

  •  Feb 6-7, 2021
  •  $325 per person

Advance your Ice Climbing Skills by Learning Efficient Movement

Do you have a season or two of ice climbing under your belt and you’re now looking to advance your skills? This course will help you work on foot placement, tool handling and techniques from the Introductory course while progressing movement to steeper and more challenging climbs. 

Along with an ACMG certified instructor, you will also receive an ACC Ice Climbing Leader Handbook and will receive two days of personalized instruction and hands-on coaching at a minimum guide to participant ratio of 6:1. 

If you're coming from outside the Bow Valley, why not top off your experience with a stay at our beautiful Canmore Clubhouse hostel accommodation which is available to participants for a small additional fee. Please contact the hostel from desk directly for availability: 403.678.3200 ext. 0

Camp Objectives

Learning Objectives

Core skills you can expect to develop on this camp include: 
  • Efficient movement and steep ice techniques
  • Ice screw placements and stances
  • Resting positions
  • Hazard awareness and route selection
  • Anchors
  • V-threads
  • Rapelling techniques

Climbing Objectives

Canmore is a world-class destination for ice and mixed climbing. Depending on what forms, regions that you may have a chance to sample include: 
  • Ranger Creek - R & D, Chalice and the Blade, Lone Ranger
  • Kidd Falls
  • King Creek
  • Wedge Smear 
  • Evan Thomas Creek
  • Haffner Creek - various pure ice, mixed and dry tooling, single-pitch routes
  • Bear Spirit
  • Cascade Mountain - Rogans, Cascade, Urs
  • Ghost Wilderness Area - Hidden Dragon/Joker, Anorexia Nervosa, Valley of the Birds, GBU, This House of Sky
Please note that the guides will choose areas based on conditions as well as climbs that allow for physical distancing and avoiding contact with other parties. Face masks (buffs recommended) will be required when coming into a 2 metre radius of others. 
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Each day will begin with meeting your guide, Maarten, at the trailhead or designated meeting area close to the crag. Climbing areas will change daily and are determined by the guide(s) with the consideration of input from participants. Location will be in/around Canmore, Kananaskis or Banff National Park.
    • Day 1Meet at 7:00am MST. We'll begin the course by quickly reviewing basic skills such as belaying and fitting crampons before swiftly moving on to the course learning objectives, starting with reviewing skills like hazard awareness and tool selection.
    • Day 2: Today we'll step up the intensity of the learning and physical challenge with an option to try slightly steeper lines. The more advanced learning objectives will also be covered including skills like: resting positions and trip planning. Both days will have a focus on advanced movement techniques. 
Is this Camp For Me?

This camp is designed for people with at least basic rope handling skills and some experience climbing waterfall ice. If you consider yourself any level of “intermediate” ice climber, and you have a strong desire to take your game to the next level, this camp was designed with you in mind.

If you have more limited ice climbing experience, contact us to find out whether this camp or our entry-level Intro to Ice Climbing course is more appropriate for you.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding


Food is not provided on this camp. So please bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for each day. 


As this course is offered out of Canmore, we welcome all participants to stay at the beautiful ACC Clubhouse and enjoy the remote atmosphere that surrounds our location. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, it's the perfect place to relax in the evenings after your climbing. You can reserve your room for the nights of the course by calling our reservations team on 403 678 3200.

For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.


Our guide for this course is ice and mixed climbing guide Maarten Van Haeren. Please see Maartens full bio at the end of this page. 

  • “Sean Isaac is a fantastic guide and ran a great program. He is very positive and safety minded, and provided excellent coaching. encouragement and feedback. I loved the curriculum, 2 days of skills work, 2 days of multi-pitch (with extra guides), and one day of dry-tooling / mixed climbing! Sean was able to use his assessment of our individual skill levels and knowledge of the climbing areas to set us up with new challenges every day. This was definitely my favorite program to date!”

    "I'm so thankful that the ACC makes it possible to learn from talented and experienced climbers like Sean, especially at such a competitive price. Hopefully I'll become a more skilled and safe climber thanks to the instruction I received on this course!"
- 2019/20 Early Season Ice Participant -

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More information

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   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


  • 2 days guiding and instruction by an ACMG guide
  • All group gear including ropes, top-rope anchoring equipment etc.
  • ACC Ice Climbing Leader Instructional Handbook

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from field location
  • Accommodation - available at the ACC Clubhouse for an additonal fee. Please call the front desk to book. 
  • Meals and any lunch/snacks on the course
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Maarten Van Haeren

Maarten was born and raised in The Netherlands, allowing him to explore Europe through backpacking and bike touring. At the age of 18, he moved to Ontario with his family to enjoy Canada’s natural wonders and embark on a new adventure. Since moving to the Bow Valley in 2013, Maarten has been working through the ACMG program towards his IFMGA Mountain Guide certification. He is currently certified as an Apprentice Alpine Guide and enjoys guiding ice climbing throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Maarten lives in Exshaw in the Bow Valley with his wife Lin and their cat Am. He has pursued ice and mixed climbing throughout North America, usually going for long walks to seek out new climbs. His travels have taken him beyond Alberta and British Columbia, to Quebec, Alaska, Morocco and Iceland.