AMP Level 1/2 - Learn to Lead Ice - Friday, Nov 29, 2019

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Ice Climbing 
Event Location: Ice field Parkway 
Date(s) & Time:   Friday, Nov 29, 2019 06:00 PM (Carpool Departure: 06:00 PM @ TBD)  
Registration Cut Off:   Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 05:00 PM  
Event Duration: 2 days (Friday evening to Sunday evenign) 
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Kyle Potts
Mitchell Guichon
Lida Frydrychova

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 5
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


The cost for this event is $344 and includes 2 days of mentorship with a guide and 2 nights accommodation at the Mosquito Cree Hostel. You will be driving up to the hostel on Friday evening. Carpooling will be organized prior to the event.


This mentorship event is part of AMP (Alpine Mentorship Program) organized by the ACC Calgary Section Alpine Chair jointly with ACMG Mountain Guide Brent Peters' company PeakSTRATAGEM. This event will be taught by Maarten Van Haeren from Peak Stratagem.


For level 1/2 participants the requirement is that you have experience & comfort climbing WI 3/4 ice (on top rope), lead belaying & rappelling. Participants will be screened to ensure that everyone has the necessary base experience . The goal of this event is to refine your ice climbing technique with the end goal of working to lead on ice. The event will focus on:

  • Placement of screws, identifying quality of ice, & building anchors
  • Building threads for rappelling
  • Refining the correct climbing position (A-Frame, hanging relaxed hips out while swinging crampons, hips in while swinging tools) to make movement & screw placement more efficient.
  • Putting all these skills together to be confidently leading ice
You will get individual feedback including how to manage the pump and execution of PeakSTRATAGEM's NoFALL program. At the end of the course you should feel comfortable placing screws, climbing steeper ice, and finding rest positions in difficult terrain.

Required Items to Bring:

Harness, helmet, ice tools, crampons pre- adjusted to boots, boots suitable for ice climbing, 3 x locking carabiners, 2 X non-lockers, ATC belay device, 1 x 22cm screw, 1 x 120cm sling, 2 x 5m cordelette (10kN accessory cord - 7mm or high strength 6mm), 1 x 2m cordelette (10kN accessory cord - 7mm or high strength 6mm), Abalakov V thread tool, pocket knife. Please feel free to bring any other gear you may have questions about using.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Warm belay jacket, extra pair of gloves, hand warmers, extra layers/ warm clothing, waterproof shell, thermos with hot drinks, lunch, sunglasses, sun screen and camera.

How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:   06:00 PM
Carpool Location:   TBD


To sign up for this event: 

  • Put your name on the waitlist.   
  • Email your ice climbing experience to Mitchell Guichon ( 
    • You will be notified if you have been accepted into the program. 
  • Once accepted make payment using the PayPal link below. This payment must be made within 3 days of being accepted. If you don’t pay, we will move onto screening the next participant and you are moved to the bottom of the line. 
  • Email the payment evidence to the trip coordinator – Mitchell Guichon ( Once I have confirmation from you that you have paid, I will move you from the waiting to the attendee list. 
  • Please indicate to the coordinator if you are willing to drive for the trip as well as the number of seats in your vehicle

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

Once payment has been received by the treasurer you will be moved to the confirmed list. There will be no refund for cancellations. Courses will run regardless of weather unless the guide deems conditions unsafe then a back-up option may be executed. This is to be decided by the guide the evening before.
*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 05:00 PM.