January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015
The 2014 MEC Ice Climbing Festival was a huge success! The 40ft ice climbing wall in downtown Banff was the perfect location to capture large crowds of beginner climbers from around the world, local families on day trips and a huge population of experienced climbers and guides. Check back in the fall for 2015 updates and don't miss the opportunity to be part of this unique event in beautiful downtown Banff. See below for all the 2014 event details!
January 31st-February 2nd, 2014
The Canadian Rockies becomes a mecca for ice climbers during a full weekend of activities celebrating the sport of ice climbing. The MEC Ice Climbing Festival will be held over 3 days during SnowDays for the first time in the heart of Banff.
The Banff Avenue Ice Wall, a grandiose sight to see in itself, will operate as the hub for all festival components. Watch a demo or take a clinic for beginners with the skilled experts from Yamnuska Mountain Adventures. For climbers of all skill levels, clinics are also offered on waterfalls in the surrounding area. MEC's "dry land" clinics help broaden your knowledge about avalanche awareness, choosing the right gear, and the best ice routes in the Canadian Rockies.
Partaking in clinic's provide more than just an exceptional experience. Clinic participants will also receive a free ticket to the Climbers Access Society of Alberta(CASA) fundraiser and mixer on Friday January 31st. However, everyone is welcome to join this MEC sponsored event. The evening highlights a series of speakers as well as a silent auction with all proceeds going to CASA.
Scope the latest in ice gear in the parking lot adjacent to the Ice Wall. MEC and associated gear vendors will be present, as well as guiding outfits, access organisations, and local clubs. Or demo some of the best gear out there from MEC, Yamnuska, Black Diamond and Petzl while available for use on the wall or in a clinic.
Enter the Ice Climbing Competition and see how you stack up. A wide variety of competition categories are available, from fastest up, to best costume.
This festival is jam-packed with fun activities that any climber, amateur or professional, or spectator can enjoy.
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*Please note event schedule subject to change without notice