Trip Logistics - Mount Athabasca Ascent

The Day Before

The night before the ascent, we'll meet for a welcome at 6:00pm at the Icefields Campground, near the Columbia Icefield Centre along the Icefields Parkway. Your guide will serve dinner at 6:30pm followed by a review of gear, signing waivers, and discussion on your route and plans for the following days ascent.


The Ascent Day

Your guide will be up early preparing breakfast, and you can expect an alpine (early) start to the day. Start times vary based on conditions and weather, however you can expect to be departing sometime between 12:00am and 4:00am to take advantage of cold overnight temperatures. Ascent times depend on conditions and the chosen route, however on average we usually guide the return trip in around 10 hours.