Trad/Alpine Climbing - Napsihu Ridge (The Finger) - Saturday, Jun 29, 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: Alpine 
Event Location: Banff 
Event Starts:   Saturday, Jun 29, 2024 07:00 AM  
Event Ends:   Saturday, Jun 29, 2024 06:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Jun 28, 2024 07:00 PM  
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Christopher Candela

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, 18 And Older 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


We'll climb the Napsihu Ridge on The Finger near Banff.

It's a long climb with several sections of class 4th scramble and about 10 pitches or rock climbing.
- We will protect the rock climbing sections with gear and ropes but participants MUST be comfortable on moderate/hard scrambles (Class 4th) as we can't protect these.
- Participants MUST be comfortable with exposure.
- Participants MUST know how to trad belay with double ropes.
- Participants MUST be comfortable climbing 5.8/5.9.
- Participants MUST know how to rappel (it has to be fast and efficient as we'll have 10 rappels to do). Rappels are mandatory. There is no other possible descent.

PS: There is no obligation to lead. You can just follow and enjoy.

Frequently asked questions:

How long is it ?
The total length of the climb is 3.5km and 700m of elevation.
The climb is 12 pitches of rock climbing (between 5.5 and 5.8) + sections of scrambling
Descent is 10 rappels + some down climbing + 3.5km back to the parking lot.

I'm not confident. Can I really do it ?
Please have a look at the requirements in the main description

What gear should I bring ?
You will need:

- Helmet (MANDATORY)
- Harness (MANDATORY)
- Belay Device (ATC or Reverso) (MANDATORY)
- A few carabiners + slings (MANDATORY)
- Climbing shoes (MANDATORY)
- Prussik (MANDATORY)
- Personal anchor (RECOMMENDED)
- InReach or similar device (if you have one)
- Camera
- Sunscreen, Glasses
- Layers (for wind, snow, cold...)
- Snack/Lunch and enough water for the day

The trip leader will bring ropes + climbing gear.
Please try to keep a little bit of space in your pack so we can share the load

What could prevent the event to happen ?
The event might be cancelled or postponed if:

- The forecast shows very cold temperatures, rain or thunderstorms
- One or many person forget essential gear
- Unexpected trail (or area) closure

To be arranged with the group if needed. Note that I live in Canmore so people coming from Calgary or Cochrane will need their own transportation.

Selection Process:
If we haven't climbed together before please send an email (you'll find it at the bottom of the page) and describe:

- Your rock climbing experience (Trad & Sport)
- Your rock climbing training (Trad, Rock rescue, etc)

Note that this is not a first-come first-serve trip. If you don't submit this information you will not be part of the trip.

Possible hazards:

Rock falls, Cliffs, Trees, forest deadfall, and tree stumps, Creeks, Rocks and Boulders, Encounters with domestic or wild animals, Loss of balance or control, Slips trips and falls, Becoming lost or separated from one’s group

Communication, rescue and medical treatment

Communication can be difficult and in the event of an 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.


Slips, trips and falls both outdoors and indoors, Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact, Equipment failure, Negligent first aid, Negligence of other people.

Everyone attending this event will be required to sign the ACC Waiver at the beginning of the event. Read the waiver carefully to ensure you fully understand it. If possible, please print and fill it out except for the signature fields before arriving at the event.

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

Contact information:
If you have any questions or doubts feel free to send me an email at
SMS or whatsapp: 514 632 4287

It is a recreational trip and NOT a guided trip. The trip leader is volunteering and is not acting in the role of a guide. We are working as a group for: safety, trail breaking, decision making...

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
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Registration for this event closed on Friday, June 28, 2024 at 07:00 PM.