Looking for a mountaineering course in Canada? Join us for a week of alpine climbing the Classic Peaks surrounding Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.
Enjoy our Lake Louise Mountaineering Course in Banff National Park, Canada
The mountains near Lake Louise are considered the birthplace of Canadian mountaineering. Since the establishment of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the peaks that dominate the sky around Lake Louise in Banff National Park remain classic objectives for mountaineers and alpinists. The routes and peaks chosen for our Lake Louise alpine climbing trip will test your skills and help you develop new techniques. The scenery is only outdone by the overwhelming sense of accomplishment you will undoubtedly feel after participating in this classic mountaineering trip.
Our alpine objectives this week are the spectacular summits surrounding Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, such as South Victoria, Mt. Huber, and Mt. Fay. This is going to be a terrific week of alpine climbing and training. And, if you are pressed for time, you can join us for the first three days only.
Our goal is to enjoy a week of alpine mountaineering objectives on the large peaks surrounding Lake Louise.
Lake Louise Mountaineering Course in Banff National Park: Itinerary
Day 1: We meet at the Yamnuska office in Canmore at 7:00 am for introductions and a review of goals and objectives. Then we drive towards Lake Louise where we will catch a bus into Lake O’Hara and climb up to our bivi site on the Huber Ledges. The approach to the ledges involves hiking, 4th class scrambling, and a short pitch of climbing. It should take us 3-4 hours to complete. Once at the bivi site, we will set up camp and enjoy dinner while taking in the high alpine views of the O’Hara region.
Day 2: After a quick breakfast we will step out of camp right onto the Huber Glacier and begin our ascent of South Victoria. The glacier will lead us to steep snow gullies on the west face of Mt. Victoria, we will ascend these to gain the ridge and scramble along exposed ridge line all the way to the summit. On the ridge we will be treated to great views of the Lake Louise and Lake O’Hara areas. Once we reach the summit and take in some more views and photos, we will reverse the route back to camp where we can relax and recover in the afternoon sun.
Day 3: Today’s objective will be Mt. Huber. We’ll follow yesterday’s track up the glacier, but this time at the col we will head right towards the Northeast Ridge. The Ridge is comprised of several pitches of steep snow and alpine ice climbing. After photos and high fives on the summit we will rappel back down the ridge and walk back to camp. After a short rest at camp, we’ll pack up and hike back down to the bus at Lake O’Hara and drive to Lake Louise to enjoy a meal out and an evening at the Lake Louise campground.
Day 4: Today we will depart from Lake Louise and approach the Neil Colgan hut. After hiking around the shores of Moraine Lake we climb through the quartzite and limestone bands of the Perren Route. A final traverse of the glacier will bring us to the Neil Colgan Hut below Mt. Little. Those with energy left may have time to scramble up Mt Bowlen in the evening.
Day 5: Mt Fay is the prize for the day. With an early start, we will traverse the glacier to the base of the snow and ice slopes that lead to the rocky West ridge. Airy but easy rock climbing and scrambling will take us to the summit where we will have fantastic views of the surrounding peaks including Mt Temple.
Day 6: For those with energy to spare we will look at a morning climb of Mt Little behind the hut. We will return to the hut before heading down the Perren route rappels and retracing our steps around Moraine Lake where the program finishes.