Wanting to push your ice climbing to the next level this year? Or gain the confidence to tackle bigger objectives independently? This early season ice camp aims to put you on the best possible footing for the season ahead with five days of personalized instruction and hands-on coaching from Sean and his team of assistant guides.
While many climbers retreat indoors for the winter, early December in the Rockies is a time of low avalanche hazard, easy travel and giddy excitement as the classic ice lines come into condition. Our Clubhouse's location in Canmore, AB allows you to take full advantage of this sitting on the doorstep of some of the best (and most reliable) ice climbing in the world.
Alongside core ice climbing skills, we aim to customize this course to each individual. Sean will be available to teach anything from dry-tooling techniques to efficient rope work and a talented team of assistant guides will join you on days four and five to facilitate multi-pitch ice routes.
Join us this winter for a week of learning, development and plenty of enjoyable ice climbing!
While there are plenty of teaching opportunities during the week, 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 legend Sean Isaac. Sean is an ACMG alpine guide and one of the most recognizable names in the Canadian ice and mixed climbing scene. Sean wrote our new ice climbing handbook and training program for ACC trip leaders (his third publication) and we are confident there's no better mentor to help you get your ice climbing to where you want it to be. On days 3 and 4 he will be joined by two local apprentice guides for 2:1 ratio multipitch days.
“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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Sean is an ACMG Alpine Guide, based out of Canmore AB. His passion for climbing is infectious and he has already helped many people improve their technique and push their grade. Sean is one of the leaders of the mixed climbing revolution in the Canadian Rockies and is the author of two books: How to Climb: Mixed Climbing, and Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies.
Credited with first ascents in the too-many-to-count range on ice, mixed and alpine routes, Sean has taken his talents on the road and has done alpine expeditions and big wall climbing internationally in Peru, Patagonia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Baffin Island. As a professional photographer he has captured many of his exploits for all to enjoy and his mixed climbing talents have been featured in the movies Higher Ground and Beyond Gravity. Sean is also the editor of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ).