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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. 

Rock Climbing near Banff

Norquay suspension bridge in Banff National Park

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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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spry

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

spry is a unique outdoor and active living store in the Crowsnest Pass, AB. Running, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and yoga is their passion! They sell everything you need to stay active in the mountains. Yoga, fitness, running classes are offered in their studio and out on the trails. Alipine touring, backcountry and nordic skis, snowshoes and snow safety gear are available for rent.

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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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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.

Expires: 2018-10-08
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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.

Expires: 2018-10-01
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Intro to Mountaineering

This is Canada's premier beginner mountaineering course. Based from the Wapta Icefields this program is for outdoor enthusiasts wanting a solid grounding in mountaineering. The glacier and surrounding peaks will be the classroom. Food, hut accommodations, transport and group/technical gear is provided - all you need is an adventurous attitude!

Expires: 2018-10-05
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Rocky Mountain Canyoning

Jasper, Alberta

Have you ever wanted to explore areas that you thought were simply inaccessible. Did you ever wonder if descending a waterfall in a canyon was even possible. Imagine yourself a feather floating along a stream that descends into a deep cleft in the mountain, following the watercourse as it carves out the rock through centuries of dedicated action. Now envision yourself attached to a rope moving along that waterfall in a controlled descent taking in the stunning beauty that the water has carved from the rock. Canyoning is the art of descending steep walled gorges and deep mountain valleys using ropes to control your movements. Canyoning includes jumping, walking, scrambling, sliding, wading and many other means to travel through this unique and spectacular part of our world.

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Canadian Wilderness School & Expeditions

Canmore, Alberta
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As a small adventure company based out of Canmore Alberta our focus at the C.W.S.X is on creating incredible experiences through small group adventures. With group sizes of 2 - 14 participants we specialize not only in unique adventure trips but also in outdoor educational programs and extended expeditions.

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Cloud Nine Guides

Canmore, Alberta
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Cloud Nine Guides is a mountain school & internationally (IFMGA) certified guide service located in Canmore, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It provides guiding and instruction for ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and backcountry skiing / split boarding ventures. The programs are run in the form of single and multi-day trips, all abilities are welcome.

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