Climbing Conditions

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Climbing Conditions

Attached are photos of various trails and climbing objectives in the Banff and Lake Louise area.

Snow is present down to about 2000 m on shaded and north facing terrain, and many trails above this elevation remain snow covered.

Snow travel conditions vary from straightforward to very difficult depending on the time of day and steepness of the terrain. Isothermal snow is present at lower elevations and later in the day. Good footwear and cleats are recommended to deal with icy conditions on packed trails. An ice axe and crampons may be required for steeper slopes.

Avalanche hazard is still present in some treeline areas and in the alpine. For info on managing the spring and summer avalanche conditions visit:

Parks Canada Visitor Safety
Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks

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These observations and opinions are those of the person who submitted them. The ACMG and its members take no responsibility for errors, omissions, or lapses in continuity. Conditions differ greatly over time and space due to the variable nature of mountain weather and terrain. Application of this information provides no guarantee of increased safety. Do not use the Mountain Conditions Report as the sole factor in planning trips or making decisions in the field.