Ice Climbing

Colorado • Canadian Rockies


Canadian Rockies

Photo Credit: Dale Remsberg

Photo Credit: Dale Remsberg

I have been traveling to the Canadian Rockies to ice climb for over 20 years in a row and guiding there since 2007 after completing my IFMGA certification. Simply put, this is where it is at if you want to climb ice. With a never ending supply of frozen water from early October to late April this area will leave you dreaming of your next trip.

Every winter, I base camp in Canmore, Alberta from mid-February to mid-March and book up to 24 days of ice guiding. From moderate classics like The Professor Falls to dream big rigs like Hydrophobia, I'm ready to see you to the top.

Trip Information:
Climbing Level – Begineer to Advanced
Number of Days – Single- and multi-day climbing
Availability – February and March

How to book an ice climbing trip in the Canadian Rockies:  This trip usually books a full six months in advance, so contact me early if you would like a spot.

My Top 10 Canadian Ice Climbs


Ouray, Colorado

Photo Credit: Dale Remsberg

Photo Credit: Dale Remsberg

I travel down to Southwest Colorado every January for a week or two of ice guiding around the world famous Ouray Ice Festival. From learning to ice climbing in the friendly ice park or going after Bridalveil  Falls Ouray is the hot spot( yes there are hot springs) for your next American ice adventure.

Trip Information:
Climbing Level – Beginner to Advanced
Number of Days – Single- and multi-day climbing
Availability – January before of after the Ouray Ice Festival

How to book an ice climbing trip in Ouray:  I book time before and after the Ouray Ice Festival to work with folks prior to our Canada trip. Ouray is the perfect place to start ice climbing, work on leading or prep for Canada with ascents of local classics like Ames Ice Hose and Brideilveil.


Vail, Colorado

Photo Credit: Roy Legget

Photo Credit: Roy Legget

Vail is 1.5 hours from Denver and offers some of the best ice in the state. The area is small but is the home to mega classics like the Rigid Designator and the Alex Lowe test piece The Fang. This area is great for early season warm ups prior to heading to Ouray or the Canadian Rockies to make sure you are ready for some of the bigger climbs.

Trip Information:
Climbing Level – Beginner to Advanced
Number of Days – Single- and multi-day climbing
Availability – December and January

How to book a Colorado climbing trip:  Vail ice is a great day venue from the Front Range and I'm generally available on short notice for days in December and January.