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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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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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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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Outdoor Rock Climbing for Beginners

The Outdoor Rock intro course is designed for those who have never climbed before or who have done some basic climbing either in the gym or outdoors. In this course you will learn basic climbing movement skills and top rope techniques for rock climbing outdoors.

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Float + Via Ferrata Package

Experience two popular summer activities on this package deal with Discover Banff Tours. Climb the 2.5 hour Explorer Route at Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata on a small-group guided alpine experience up to 2,235 metres above sea level, then take a gentle one-hour float trip along the Bow River in Canmore.

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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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Alpinism.com

Banff, Alberta

Alpinism.com provides backcountry skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering adventures in Canada and around the world. Trips are led by Mark Klassen, an experienced Mountain Guide certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the International Federation of Mountain Guiding Associations.

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Alpine Air Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Alpine Air Adventures specializes in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses. Fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and ACMG Guides. AAA offers a variety of private and course based adventures to suit all levels of adventurer.

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Aster Mountain Adventures

Canmore, Alberta

We are a small tour company offering guided hiking, backpacking, climbing and backcountry skiing adventures in the Canadian Rockies. Contact us to arrange a tour customized to your preferences. We also offer scheduled interpretive hikes on 'Glaciers and Climate Change'. These hikes are offered at two locations - Wilcox Pass, near the Columbia Icefields and the Iceline Trail. Learn all about how glaciers have shaped our landscape in the past and at present, and what the future holds for glaciers in the Canadian Rockies.

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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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