Guided Mountaineering, Scrambling and Hiking in the Canadian Rockies, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise

Mount Temple SW Ridge
Smiling faces on the way up Mount Temple SW Ridge.

Snowpatch Spire, Bugaboo Provincial Park
Snowpatch Spire - one of the many beautiful rock climbing objectives in Bugaboo Provincial Park.

Glacier travel to Mt Fay
Roped-up for glacier travel on the way to Mt Fay.


Mountaineering, Scrambling and Hiking
My love for mountaineering started in Lake Louise where the North Face of Mt Temple (11,624 ft) towers over you. People come from all over the world to summit the 54 11,000ft peaks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Recently I have also been exploring the Alps and was lucky enough to guide Mt Blanc (15,782 ft) - the highest peak in Western Europe.

Although I love to travel, I am always drawn back to the mountains of Western Canada. There is something for everyone - from hikes and easy scrambles to long alpine routes. Some of my local favourites are:

  • Cascade Mountain (hike/easy scramble)
  • Mt Fairview (hike/easy scramble)
  • Mt Temple E Ridge (5.7 rock followed by snow ridge to summit), or SW Ridge (hard scramble)
  • Eishenhower Tower on Castle Mountain (5.4 rock)
  • Brewer's Buttress on Castle Mountain (5.6 rock)
  • Mt Louis Kain Route (5.7 rock)
  • Mt Victoria S Ridge from Abbots Pass (easy rock and snow ridge)
  • Mt Athabasca North Face or Silverhorn (snow/ice face and glacier travel)
  • Bugaboo Spire NE Ridge, Bugaboo Provincial Park
  • Snowpatch Route, Snowpatch Spire, Bugaboo Provincial Park
  • Beckey-Chouinard Route (5.10a, South Howser Tower, Bugaboo Provincial Park
  • Mount Sir Donald NW Ridge (5.4), Rogers Pass

Whether you want to learn how to travel safely over glaciers, be taken on a scramble or guided up a big peak, get in touch with me and I can tailor a trip to your needs.

Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel:
If you are planning on travelling on the glaciers, summer or winter, then you need to know how to rope-up and perform crevasse rescue. Unfortunately people die in crevasses every year either because they don't know when to have the rope on or because their group is not proficient in crevasse rescue techniques.

I teach crevasse rescue courses year round. The course can be tailored to your needs:

  • 1-day "dry-land" for folks wanting an introduction or to refresh their skills.
  • 2-days "on the ice" for those who want a more in-depth course or to combine it with a guided ascent of Mt Athabasca or another peak on the Columbia Icefields.

Rope Rescue:

If you multipitch rock or ice climbing then you might want to consider learning how to rescue your partner if something goes wrong. This 1-day course teaches you everything you need to know about getting you and your partner out of trouble - escaping the belay, raising, lowering, tandem rapelling.

Contact me to arrange a course and get a quote.

The crevasse rescue course can easily be combined with a guided ascent of Mt Athabasca or any other peak on the Columbia Icefields.

Erica Roles
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