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
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 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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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.