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.
May - Sep
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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!
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
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).
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brent is an excellent guide. He was stoked to be able to share his mountain environment with others. Unfortunately he had damaged his knee so arranged for another local guide to take me out for the day. Ethan was also exceptional. Brent got in contact to ensure my day was tailored to me my experience and to ensure I got the most out of the day. I was without a car so Brent picked me up and dropped me off I had a great morning in the mountains learning new techniques for multi pitch routes and then spent the afternoon working on my trad gear placement and anchor building. Excellent instruction on gear placement and rating it. We fitted so much into the day. But always with an inclusive teaching style. I can’t recommend them enough. Both guides passionately sharing their knowledge and teaching skills, keen for their clients to learn to be more independent safer and capable in the mountains.
Brent was amazing! He gave me a great experience, taught me new techniques, made me feel safe, and catered my experience to exactly what I wanted. This was by far my favorite part of my whole vacation to the area!
Brent taught us to lead climb at a local crag. It was a great time and I’d recommend it to anyone regardless of climbing skill level. He’s open to teaching or guiding wherever you want to go.
Brent was competent and I felt had the qualifications to keep us safe rock climbing. But, compared to other guides we have had (one the day before in via ferrata) Brent seemed disinterested in us and was not as engaged in teaching. He fulfilled the requirements, but I would not rebook or recommend based on our experience.
Brent was an amazing guide. Knowledgeable, personable, safe and a great communicator. He communicated very well with us leading up to the trip and executed the trip flawlessly. Id highly recommend Brent if you are looking for an guide in the back country.
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