ICE REVIEW: Owen Canyon - Top Roping - 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: Owen Canyon - David Thomson Highway, just at the Banff park boundary 
Event Starts:   Sunday, Jan 21, 2024 08:00 AM  
Event Ends:   Sunday, Jan 21, 2024 04:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Jan 20, 2024 06:00 PM  
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Hernando Ortega Arango
George Ormerod
Clare Ormerod

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE ICE REVIEW WEEKEND.   Participants will remain on the waiting list for this event until they have signed up for the Ice Review weekend.   Also, if you haven't climbed with us before please send an email with a brief summary of your experience and we will get straight back to you, please send to

The trip is suitable for people who can climb WI3.  We will set up top ropes, practice technique.

Required Items to Bring:

Technical axes, winter boots with well fitting crampons, helmet, harness, belay device, personal anchor, head lamp, winter clothing, hat and gloves suitable for the expected weather, food and drink.  *It is recommended to use crampons that attach to boots via bails on the front and back and please fit crampons to boots prior to coming out.*   If you don't have axes and crampons, we may be able to lend them to you.  

Recommended Items to Bring:

More gloves, even more gloves.  Did I mention gloves? Camp chair and an après climb beer, or other drink of choice.  A sense of fun and adventure. 

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

We will leave from the Mosquito Creek Hostel as part of the Ice Review. Owen Canyon is a very short walk from the road with some cool icefalls down into the Canyon.  This is a rap or lower down and climb out, so to avoid drama you should be able to climb WI3 on a top rope.



If you don't want a persistent Husky bothering you for pets, this might not be the trip for you!

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.


  • 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!
Click here to be directed to our "Contact Us" page and contact the appropriate Chair person or the Section Chair. This is also a simple way to make your section executive aware of any praises, suggestions or problems you may have with any area of the Calgary Section of the ACC.
Thank you for your response.

Registration for this event closed on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 06:00 PM.