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Two-Day Guided Trek on the Wapta Glacier (Banff National Park)

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Come with Brent, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on a two-day tour of the immense and compelling Wapta Glacier in western Canada. This ice trekking program allows you to walk on one of Canada´s most studied ice fields and learn about its landscape.

Not specified

Rockies

2 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Occasional

Intermediate


Description

Walk on the ice of the captivating Wapta Glacier on this amazing two-day program! Discover a remarkable ice field and learn its history while trekking across it!

The Wapta Icefield has an impressive resume. Located in both Alberta and British Columbia along the Continental Divide, it belongs to both Banff and Yoho National Parks. It is massive, and plays a pivotal role in feeding other glaciers, rivers, and waterways throughout the region.

It is a popular destination for mountaineers and tourists, playing host to ski trips in the winter and tours of the glacier in the summer. Traversing across Wapta offers the rare hands-on opportunity for us to navigate the crevasses and other fascinating features of the glacier. To experience ancient land formations that might possibly disappear is truly incredible.

Our program is made specifically to give you this chance. You will hike up through Bow Valley to the aptly named Bow Hut, where we will brief you on the glacier, the tools and skills we will use to explore the ice field, and appreciate the natural beauty of Wapta and the surrounding area.

Within a couple of days, you will experience a variety of ecosystems as you climb, exposing yourself to an amazing array of wildlife and wilderness while learning about mountain culture. Once on the glacier, you will make your way across the icy and snowy outcroppings that make this a delightful and exciting excursion.

My passion for this region inspires me to share it, and I will provide a safe journey for us to learn about the glacier and have a blast doing it. We will make Wapta an experience that you will remember for a long time after you leave the ice field.

This trip does have some challenges, so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary to enjoy this program. Previous mountain and ice trekking experience is always beneficial.

If you are ready for an adventure, book this program and I will guide you to the Wapta Glacier for two days of ice trekking on a vital Canadian landform!

If you would like to take a little more time to enjoy the experience, we can make this a three-day program. Or I can prepare a multi-pitch rock climbing program for you in the Canmore region!

Itinerary

Day 1: Bow Hut

Our first day begins with a hike up to Bow Hut, located on the eastern edge of the Wapta Glacier. We will discuss our itinerary on the glacier and get familiarized with our equipment, preparing ourselves for an extended exploration of the ice field the following day.

Our evening will include a three-course dinner comprised of backcountry food, before getting a good night´s rest.

Day 2: Wapta Glacier

Our second day will allow us ample opportunity to thoroughly discover the Wapta Glacier. We will cover more information on the glacier while walking along the snow and ice, and then returning to for the culmination of our program.

 

Details

More info

We kindly ask that you bring mountaineering boots, a large backpack, warm clothes, hiking boots, sun protection, water, lunch, and personal snacks. We have mountaineering boots available for rent at an additional $15 (CAD) per person, per day.

Meeting point

Contact me upon booking to establish a meeting point for our program.

About the guide

Based in Canmore, Alberta, I am an IFMGA- and ACMG-certified mountain guide. I also serve in the Canadian Armed Forces and am a founding partner of the Outward Bound Veterans Program.

My mission is for you to learn the skills to be competent and independent in the backcountry. I will break down complex skill sets into individual building blocks for you to learn progressively and confidently. After learning the skills, you will get to practice them in the backcountry with my guidance or that of one of the ACMG-certified guides in my team.

Languages

English

Certificates

ACMG

Residence

Canmore, AB, Canada


What people are saying about Brent Peters

Kathleen Lo

5.00

July, 2022

My partner and I had an incredibly memorable day climbing with Brent! His expertise is unparalleled and he tailored our trip based on our abilities. Most importantly, he made sure we were safe and enjoying our climb throughout the day. I look forward to climbing with Brent again and would highly recommend him as a guide for anyone exploring the area!

Joanne Ho

5.00

July, 2022

Brent is amazing! It was my first time doing a multipitch and I felt safe under Brent's guidance. Great conversation too. Thank you very much!

Stéphane MOREL

5.00

April, 2022

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Barb Campbell

4.00

March, 2022

Had a great time with Brent who was so patient and willing to share his abundant knowledge with us. A beautiful area to tour and so accessible, would do again!

Samir Gouin

5.00

May, 2021

Had a great time and learned lots!

Yi Lu

5.00

July, 2020

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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 1341 Each

Group of 2

CAD 774 Each

Group of 3

CAD 593 Each

Group of 4

CAD 506 Each

Group of 5

CAD 439 Each

Group of 6

CAD 403 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

Price details

The price includes the guiding fee, accommodations, and dinner at the mountain hut.

We will also provide the equipment used for glacier travel, including crampons, ice axe, harness, and rope.

The price does NOT include other meals, personal equipment, and personal food and drink(s).




 

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