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Climbing & Mountaineering Summer Outdoor Activities

If the thought of becoming a human mountain goat hanging off the side of a cliff terrifies you – don’t worry. There’s a starting point for everything, even conquering mountains. • First time: Via ferrata is a type of mountaineering up slopes equipped with steel ladders, steps and cables. It makes scaling a mountain way more accessible. Get the same views of Mt. Norquay as a peregrine falcon does – no experience required. • Rock star: The canyons and cliffs in the Canadian Rockies are what rock climbers’ dreams are made of. Breathtaking views meet heart-stopping multi-pitch routes up limestone and quartzite. Fledgling climber? Sign up for a climbing class. You’ve got to start somewhere. 
Banff National Park

Rock climbing Via Ferrata Banff National Park

Rock Climbing near Banff

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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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From the legendary ski racers that have claimed their glory on Norquay’s slopes since the 1930s, to beginners clipping on skis or a board for the very first time, Norquay is for everyone with over 60 runs to choose from. The fun does not stop when the sun goes down. Norquay offers the only night skiing in the Alberta Rockies. On Friday and Saturday nights the Cascade chair is fully lit, including the entire terrain and tube parks. Banff National Park’s deep-rooted ski culture started at Mt Norquay. Norquay is also home to Alberta’s largest tube park. Just take a seat on a purpose designed inflatable tube, hold onto the handles and get sliding! Summer months offer opportunities to climb, explore and relax. Norquay has maintained its place as the locals’ hill for over nine decades, it’s Banff’s backyard – all while hosting skiers, riders and sightseers from all corners of the globe. Norquay is a Banff classic!

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Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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Feel on top the world. Exhilarate your senses. From Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata you will experience views of Banff rarely seen. A climbing experience along four breathtaking routes on the cliffs above Mt Norquay. Climb ladders, cross suspension bridges, and marvel at the grandeur of the mountain vistas that surround you. Each of the tours starts at 7,000 feet above sea level at the top of Norquay's sightseeing chairlift. After your tour, unwind at the the Cliff house Bistro with a beverage and appetizers – also included in the 6 hour tour. The views are wild, and tours are led by a highly experienced, ACMG-certified guide, you wear a harness that is always attached to the mountain’s steel cable pathway, securing you to the rock at all times.So leave your worries behind, live in the moment and get set to explore! Norquay’s Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine, as well as folks who already have alpine experience. No climbing knowledge is needed – just a basic level of physical fitness, and a big sense of adventure!

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Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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In Banff National Park, a unique climbing experience awaits on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata. Italian for Iron Road, it takes hiking to a new level – and if you can climb a ladder you can climb the Via Ferrata. Ride up to the site on an open chairlift and watch for wildlife. Experienced guides at the top will provide an in-depth safety orientation and all the gear you need. Using a an anchoring system of cables and ladders you'll conquer the pitches and cross a suspension bridge to be literally on top of the world.

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Day Rock Experience

This program is open to everyone, from the first timer who wants a safe and exhilarating experience to the experienced rock climber. The Day Rock Experience program has daily departures from Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise throughout the summer months. Half-day programs are also available.

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Abbott Pass Classic Alpine

This trip is perfect for intermediate alpine climbers looking for some of the most classic alpine climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Over two nights and three days starting from Lake O’Hara we will make our way up to the National Historic Site of the Abbott Pass Hut. Private dates available.

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Via Ferrata Skyline Route

The five hour Skyline Route at Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata includes an exciting high traverse on a sheer rock wall and crosses an “airy” 55 metre suspension bridge, with panoramic views at the top. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours specializes in personalized, small-group tours and activities in winter and summer in Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Operating since 1998, they have grown over the years but their goal remains the same: helping travelers get a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience while visiting Banff. Daily tours include sightseeing trips, wildlife tours, glacier adventures, icewalks and snowshoe adventures which can be experienced on a group tour, or personalized on a private sightseeing experience. Discover Banff Tours use only 24-seater mini-buses and comfortable sprinter vans for their tours, ensuring that they stick to small group sizes to give guests a far more personal experience and better opportunity to chat with their friendly, local and professionally trained guides. Their luxurious in-house fleet of vehicles ensures that you travel in comfort and style - with large viewing windows to enjoy the amazing mountain scenery.

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Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides

Canmore, Alberta

Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides is a group of fully certified ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guides who live, work and play in the mountain corridors of Banff and Canmore. We are local mountain professionals/risk managers who are passionate about the mountains and we take pride in giving our guests the safest and most unforgettable experiences of their lives. We specialize in custom tailored summer and winter mountain adventures around the Canadian Rockies. If you are a beginner, we have rock climbing courses to introduce you to the sport.

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Skadi Wilderness Adventures

Nordegg, Alberta

Skadi Wilderness Adventures is a full-service backcountry guiding and wilderness training and adventure company located in a little-known yet spectacular wilderness in the Rocky Mountains around Nordegg, Alberta. Rustic cabins provide a unique base for individually tailored single- or multi-day trips for small or large groups led by certified guides and specialized training courses designed for all levels of interest and ability. We offer a variety of training, from corporate team building to hostile environment training. Our priority is to ensure you enjoy the most rewarding Canadian Rockies experience possible in comfort and safety.

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Rockies Rock

Canmore, Alberta
2018-06-17 To 2018-06-24 MST

Rockies Rock focuses on the awesome climbing in the heart of the Canadian Rockies! You’ll experience the high quality sport climbing that surrounds the charming town of Canmore and also climb classics on outstanding quartzite in the spectacular setting of Lake Louise. Experience the majesty of the Rockies with 6 eligible climbing days!

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