Lake Louise has long been known as the birthplace of Climbing and
Alpinism in Canada, and steeped in history for good reason.
The Swiss Guides, already well versed in professional mountaineering
practices from their work in the European Alps, were originally
brought to Lake Louise to help promote and expand the sport of
mountaineering in the early 1900's. During their tenure,
they single handedly put the area on the map for generations of
climbers to come. Climbers and Alpinists have been traveling to
the area ever since in search of the challenge and adventure the
high peaks surrounding our small mountain village consistently provides.
Lake Louise is now home to many modern and classic mountaineering objectives.
The most popular of which are found by many immediately surrounding the Lake Louise,
Lake O'Hara and Moraine Lake areas. Mountaineering objectives from the iconic Abbott
Pass Hut or from the highest habitable dwelling in Canada, the Neil Colgan Hut,
often attract the most attention. Due to the extremely high density of enjoyable
objectives, the area lends itself well to beginner and expert alike.
Lake Louise is also home to one of the most beautiful and traveled to
rock climbing areas in the world. The Back of the Lake. All ability and fitness
levels will find something to enjoy on the purple and orange walls of this
spectacular rock crag, only a 30min walk around the back of Lake Louise,
opposite the Chateau.
Climbers are free to enjoy these areas on their own, but the local experience and
knowledge of a certified guide can often be the best way to make the best use of
your limited time in the area.
The Lake Louise group is truly one of the gems in the world of alpinism.