Banff Waterfall Climbing

All levels

by private arrangement

by private arrangement


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See also:
Alps Waterfall Ice

Polar Circus

To many ice climbers, the waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies represent the ultimate vacation objective. There are literally hundreds of climbs, a tremendous range of difficulty and length. Some of the hardest climbs in the world are found here, as are some of the best routes for the beginning climber just starting.

Access is generally easy as most of the climbs are readily approached from the scenic and convenient Banff - Jasper Highway. Many of the climbs are only short walk from the car, while others require a ski or snowshoe approach. There are convenient hotels and hostels, and most climbers make use of these and the nearby restaurants and bars to celebrate the days excitement.

The best season is usually in the month of March when the days are longer, the temperatures mild and the ice more plastic and forgiving to the climber.

In the late 80's and early 90's we made annual pilgrimages (sometimes more than one a year!) to this Mecca of waterfall climbing. For the last few years we have continued this tradition.

Louise Falls
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Recommended Routes

Easy routes and practice areas

  • Johnston Canyon
  • Cascades Falls
  • Canmore Junkyard
  • Tangle Creek
  • Grotto Falls

Moderate routes - Grade 3 to 4

  • Professor Falls
  • Guinness Gully
  • Massey's
  • Bow Falls
  • Weeping Wall, Left
  • Panther Falls
  • Murchison Falls

Harder routes - Grade 5 and harder

  • Louise Falls
  • Carlsberg Column
  • Guinness Stout
  • Super Bock
  • Polar Circus
  • Weeping Wall, Right or Center
Carlsberg Column

Wicked Wanda
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Kathy Cosley & Mark Houston
UIAGM Internationally Licensed Mountain Guides

AMGA Certified • SNGM members
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