Ice Review @ Finishing Hammer Gully - Sunday, Jan 21, 2024

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: Waterfowl Lake Viewpoint 
Date(s) & Time:   Sunday, Jan 21, 2024 08:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 08:00 AM @ Mosquito Creek Hostel)  
Registration Cut Off:   Monday, Jan 15, 2024 08:00 PM  
Event Duration: 1 day 
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Shaun Luong

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 3
Minimum Group Size: 2
Number Registered So Far:   3 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Finishing Hammer Gully, WI3 200m, is a very fun, moderately graded 4-5 multi-pitch ice climb. The surrounding views are amazing with Mt. Chephren and Mt. Howse in the background.
This trip is part of the Ice Review 2024 so participants must be registered for it and staying at the Mosquito Creek Hostel. As always, and especially with ice, conditions will determine if this trip is a go. Plan B is TBD. If we have not ice climbed together, send me a short bio including if you're comfortable rappelling, lead belaying, multi-pitch ice climbing, and cleaning.

Required Items to Bring:

Climbing helmet, technical ice tools, crampons, harness, belay/rappel device, personal anchor. We will climb with individual backpacks, carrying everything up and down.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Tether for your ice tools, lunch, hot drinks, snacks, extra socks, extra gloves, warm belay jacket.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

Park at the Waterfowl Lake Viewpoint, 34km north of Mosquito Creek Hostel. The approach hike takes 35-55min with 170m of elevation gain over roughly 1km. Generally, it's a short and quick approach.

Carpool Departure Time:   08:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Mosquito Creek Hostel


Trip Hazards – Must read BEFORE registering!

Rockfall and icefall

  • can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (e.g. climbing/scrambling/hiking). What are the risks? Impact from a falling rock or ice can result in injury or death and can also damage equipment such as ropes.


  • can occur in the terrain in which we operate and can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (e.g. skiing/snowboarding). What are the risks? Anyone caught in an avalanche is at risk of personal injury, death, and/or property damage or loss.


  • Crevasses
  • Cornice fall
  • Trees, forest deadfall and tree stumps
  • Creeks
  • Rocks and Boulders
  • Variable and difficult walking terrain
  • Impact or collision with other persons or objects
  • Encounters with domestic or wild animals
  • Contact with poisonous flora or fauna
  • Loss of balance or control
  • Slips, trips,and falls

Falls and Belaying

  • Mountaineering and ice climbing present the risk of falling from the wall causing the climber to collide with the wall or the ground, which can lead to injury or death.
  • The risk of belay failure is also present, which can contribute to the risk of a ground fall. 

Communication, rescue and medical treatment

  • Communication can be difficult and in the event of a accident rescue and treatment may not be available
  • Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment and transport out of the field
  • If an Injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow

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

*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.

Trip Feedback
If you have any feedback, positive or negative, concerning this trip or any other, we want to hear from you!
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Thank you for your response.

Registration for this event closed on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 08:00 PM.