Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park: Mountain Climbing

Only experienced mountaineers, properly roped and equipped, should attempt mountain climbing or venturing onto glaciers and snowfields. Climbers should consult with Assiniboine Lodge staff before attempting a climb. The basic structure of the mountains is decaying limestone, resulting in frequent rock fall. The frequency of rockfall is intensified by climbers. If more than one party is climbing a peak, they should schedule themselves to be close together. Parties one or two hours apart are exposed to increased danger. Always wear a safety helmet when climbing. The Gmoser Highway is the only route that should be used to access the Assiniboine bowl and Hind Hut from Magog Lake. The snow couloir has a waterfall underneath it creating dangerous conditions. Access from the Assiniboine Creek drainage involves routefinding up a scree gully above Assiniboine Lake, then accross morainal terrain and a small but crevassed glacier to the Mt Assiniboine - Mount Strom Col.

A climbing shelter known as the R.C. Hind Hut is located in the Assiniboine Bowl. The hut accommodates 12 and serves as a base camp for mountain climbers. The Hind Hut is $20.00 per person per night plus a $5.00 reservation fee.

Climbers must make a reservation for the Hind Hut through Assiniboine Lodge:

Assiniboine Lodge
Box 8128, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T8
Phone: 403 678-2883
Fax: 403 678-4877
E-mail: info@assiniboinelodge.com

A permit is required if you plan to camp overnight in the adjacent national parks. Permits are available from national park staff.