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Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists

Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B7, Canada
+1 403-763-7018
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Summit of A2 with North Glacier and Boundary Glacier

Kris took myself and two others up to the summit of A2 for a literal last minute trip... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
HollyD4
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Halifax, Canada
Awesome day!

We booked a climbing day with Kris for our family and it was fantastic! He was great with our 7 and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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We specialize in guided mountaineering, rock climbing, via ferrata and ice climbing excursions and instructional courses in Western Canada. Beginner to advanced climbers welcome!
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B7, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kris took myself and two others up to the summit of A2 for a literal last minute trip. Unfortunately our other guide that was hired for the weekend was unable to make it due to the floods in BC at the time, and Kris was...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Holly! I'm really glad you enjoyed your trip to A2. It's a good thing we jerry-rigged a pair of sunglasses so you could continue with your day. Have an excellent summer and we hope to see you again this winter. Kris

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a climbing day with Kris for our family and it was fantastic! He was great with our 7 and 9 year old boys (and us as well). They loved it and would love to do it again.

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Such a pleasure to meet you and your family. We are really happy you enjoyed your day of rock climbing. Enjoy the rest of your time in Alberta!

Reviewed 10 June 2017

It was our first trip to Banff, and I was in search of a family activity that was not the usual. The Rimrock Resort concierge suggested ice climbing with Kris, and after reading his 5-star reviews online, I called him to understand his approach with...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Wow thank you for your kind words. I am really happy you enjoyed your day out with us. K

Reviewed 14 March 2017

I decided to take a course near the end of the season on how to climb funky ice (mushrooms, cave exits, etc) and Kris did a good job of building on my skills and showing me new techniques for these tricky situations! His attitude was...More

Thank Levi E
Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks Levi! We hope to see you on one of our future courses and guided outings. Have a great summer K

Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This company is awesome! First time hiring a guide and it was a phenomenal experience. Easy to book, highly responsive to email correspondence and answered all of my questions as we went along. The qaulity of the equipment was top notch and the guide was...More

Thank fixxer699
Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Looking forward to getting out with you again. Big thanks for the review. K

Reviewed 9 March 2017

Being new to the sport of ice climbing, I made the decision to hire Kris for private guiding, so I could learn to climb in a safe and low stress environment. For the past two years, I have climbed in the Rockies with Kris at...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for the review Ang. Your own training and climbing skill set is coming along so fast you soon won't need us anymore ;) Have an awesome summer K

Reviewed 9 March 2017

I have been fortunate enough to get out in the mountains with Kris a couple different times now. Each time has been nothing short of amazing, fun, safe, and I have always learned so much. My first time out with Kris was a guided mountaineer...More

Thank Bre M
Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for the review Bre. We're happy you've enjoyed your course and days out with us. K

Reviewed 8 March 2017

With the great idea from my cousin, we booked a day of ice climbing with Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists. It was the best day of our entire vacation! Kris was very responsive and helpful over email beforehand. He answered every questions we had (and...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your day out ice climbing with Larry. Until next time... K

Reviewed 1 March 2017

This was our third and last ice climbing trip with Kris. I have a hip injury (DIY related) so the plan was to do some easy climbs and leave Kris to take my husband on the harder stuff. Unfortunately I was persuaded by Kris to...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

Well, there is always 2 sides to every story so I will tell mine.... I gave you and your husband options for climbs and on the day you chose Wicked Wanda, so there was no convincing on my part. You have climbed the route before...More

Reviewed 26 February 2017

My boyfriend and I booked a last minute trip ( a week ahead of time) and Patrick was able to fit us into his schedule. Kris Irwin set us up with Patrick and we are very grateful for the connection. We had never been ice...More

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