Assiniboine is one of Canada’s most striking mountains. Often compaired to the Matterhorn. The most common route is by the North Ridge or normal route.(5.5) Usual time is 6-7 hours but it has been done in less. The north face route is not much different to the North Ridge route.(5.5). The hard route is the East face. Lots of rock falls so cold temperatures are a must. A member of the infamous 5.9 A2 class of alpine climbs. Spring and fall are the best times for this route. East buttress (5.7).
There are several ways to enter the area. Here are a couple. I will add the others when I have better information.
Make your way to Calgary, Alberta, then to Canmore Alberta,This part of Assinaboine Provincial Park cannot be reached by car. Either take a helicopter about 160 Cdn. each way$$$ (the fastest) or walk or mountain bike the 18 miles. (Note Bryant Creek and over Assiniboine Pass are now closed to mountain bikes) As helicopters are only allowed to land on certain days of the week. (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and certain Holiday Mondays) contact Canmore Helicopers or Canadian Helicopers in Canmore, Alberta for more information.
Helicopters fly on three days of the week Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Plus sometimes on Monday on long weekends.
When To Climb
CampingThe Naiset Huts and the Hind Hut are owned by BC Parks and operated by Assiniboine Lodge. The Hind Hut has room for 12 visitors. Visitors who do not have a reservation should be prepared to camp. Reservations are mandatory for the Naiset Huts in the winter. Reservations are mandatory for the Hind Hut. Contact the Assiniboine Lodge reservation office to make your booking:
Bryant Creek Shelter, southeast of the Wardin cabin on the west side of the trail from Banff. (permit required here) 18 people Wood stoves, wood available
In emergency contact the Park Wardin at Lake Magog
Alpine Club of Canada
Staying at the club in Canmore is 15$ Canadian for members and 19$ for non-members. It can get quite crowded in the summer so a reservation is recommended.
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