Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists is unique in our exclusive focus on ice climbing, rock climbing, ski mountaineering, and alpine climbing. Every new season is as exciting as the last, and brings with it the opportunity to challenge oneself on different terrain.
Owner of RIAS and lead guide Kristopher Irwin is a certified Alpine Guide by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and is a certified level 2 Rope Access Technician with the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT). He holds current Wilderness First Aid Training of 80hrs, and has completed the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Operations Level 2 program. He has climbed extensively throughout the Canadian Rockies and abroad. He has made numerous first ascents on new routes and unclimbed peaks in North America. He is most comfortable climbing winter ice and mixed routes on formidable peaks in Canada during the winter months. He also has reputation for cooking up some tasty backcountry meals!