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

Summit of Mt Athabasca
MB and me on the summit of Mt Athabasca (11,453ft) after climbing the AA Col route.

Summit of Cascade Mountain
The summit of Cascade Mountain (9,836 ft), just above the town of Banff - a long hike/easy scramble.

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) - moderate length day
  • Mt Fairview (hike/easy scramble) - moderate length day
  • Mt Temple E Ridge (5.7 rock followed by snow ridge to summit), or SW Ridge (hard scramble) - both long days
  • Eishenhower Tower on Castle Mountain (5.4 rock) - long day or overnight trip
  • Brewer's Buttress on Castle Mountain (5.6 rock) - long day or overnight trip
  • Mt Louis Gmoser Route (5.9 rock) - long day
  • Mt Victoria S Ridge from Abbots Pass (easy rock and snow ridge) - overnight
  • Mt Athabasca North Face or Silverhorn (snow/ice face and glacier travel) - long day

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/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 many people die in crevasses 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 for folks wanting to refresh/upgrade their skills.
  • 2-days for those who are new to glacier travel and rope rescue techniques.

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
p: 1(403) 431-0548
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