Trip Dates

Booking Summer 2017
other dates by request

Price

Two Day Program based on ratio: 1:2 $495pp, 1:1 $895 One Day Ascent 1:2 $295pp, 1:1 $495

Group Size

Maximum of 2 guests/guide

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Related Trips

Guided Rock Climbing
Bugaboo Alpine Rock Climbs
Guided Mountaineering

Gimli Peak Guided

Rated III 5.10a, the South ridge of Gimli peak in Valhalla provincial park, is one of the best of its class anywhere in the world. This captivating 8 pitch alpine rock climb is wildly exposed, strenuous but moderate. The climbing is varied and features steep cracks, grooves, chicken heads and fingery walls. For an easier Valhalla classic, we offer alternative routes on Midguard and Asguard Peaks. Join one of our Alpine guides and safely ascend this route in style and good company.

Summit Mountain Guides offers 1 to 2 day guided Gimli peak programs from mid June to late September. This route can be done in one long day by experienced climbers,  most people will benefit and enjoy the overnight camp and a two day program and discover why Norse mythology is involved in the naming of this aesthetic peak.

Itinerary

This is a 1 to 2 day Alpine Rock climbing program. The exact number of days will depend on participants needs, previous experience, weather and route conditions. The climb itself is a 1 day affair, the access and approach times make this route a very full day. Less experience climbers and people interested in a more relaxed adventure will enjoy the 2 day program. Below is a sample itinerary for both options:

1 Day Program

Pre-trip meeting evening before; 7:00 PM in town (1 hour)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waiver.
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Issue of required gear and session on packing strategy
  • Ascent Day

  • 04:30 AM, meeting and drive
  • 06:00 AM, at trail head, hike -in
  • 07:30 AM, at base of Gimli, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, at the top, walk off & hike-out
  • 18:00 PM, back at the parking, drive-out
  • 20:00 PM, back in Nelson for a late dinner
  • 2 Day Program

    Pre-trip meeting; 7:00 PM in town (1 hour)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waiver.
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Issue of required gear and session on packing strategy
  •  

    Day 1: Rock Climbing and Hiking-in

  • 08:00 AM, meeting a local rock climbing area
  • Review of specific rock climbing skills
  • Climb a few local classics
  • 13:00 PM, drive to the Gimli trail head, hike -in
  • 16:00 PM, establish camp near the route
  • 18:00 PM, dinner & preparation for the next day
  • Day 2: Ascent Day

  • 06:30 AM, breakfast, short hike-in to the route
  • 07:30 AM, at base of Gimli, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, at the top, walk off & hike-out
  • 18:00 PM, back at the parking, drive-out
  • 20:00 PM, back in Nelson for a late dinner
  • Prerequisites

    On this guided program, you must be an intermediate to advanced climber. Previous varied climbing experiences, with or without a guide, and the ability to follow traditional crack climbs in the 5.10a range with a small pack is required.  Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains.  Skills and fitness will determine whether we climb in 1 or 2 days.

    Equipment

    Weather

    Due to the higher elevations, proximity to dominant winds and weather conditions, mountain weather is difficult to predict. It is most often worse than the weather in the surrounding valleys and can change quickly as it is really hard to predict for more than 24hrs ahead. 

    In summer you expect temperatures to be from 10 C to 28C in the day while overnight temperature can drop dramatically in the high alpine, even below zero.  Temperatures are much colder at higher elevations, even in the summer. It is not uncommon to have overnight freezing temperatures in the alpine, outside a mountain hut or near a back country camp. 

    It is always an interesting challenge to know exactly what you are going to get, therefore is important to be flexible with timing and not too attached to a particular goal or objective.  Be prepared by bringing all required items, this ensure you will be dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation.

    Location

    Gimli Peak is located in the Kootenay district of south-eastern British Columbia. It lies on the southern border of Valhalla provincial park, west of Slocan lake in the southern Selkirk mountains. The trail head is accessible by vehicle via the Bannock creek forest service road. It is a one and a half hour drive north west of Nelson or a three hour drive south of Revelstoke.

    Services Included

    • Pre-trip planning support
    • Fully certified IFMGA and/or ACMG Alpine Guide or Mountain Guide services
    • 20 years of experience in the area
    • Alternative plan based on current conditions
    • Rope use & all technical equipment
    • Park permits and Liability Insurance
    • Emergency response plan

    Services NOT included:

    • 5% gst tax
    • backcountry dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available for $45/night
    • personal clothing, overnight equipment, mountaineering boots *see equipment list for more details
    • personal lunch & snacks
    • travel to meeting location and accommodation prior to field portion trip
    • gratuities
    • trip interruption, cancellation insurance or medical insurance
    • additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather

    FAQ

    How experienced do I need to be?

    On this guided program, you must be an intermediate to advanced climber. Previous varied climbing experiences, with or without a guide, and the ability to follow traditional crack climbs in the 5.10a range with a small pack is required.  Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains.

    Is it safe?

    On all our courses, SMG provides you with fully certified IFMGA/ACMG Mountain, alpine and rock guides. This guaranties you the highest safety standards in the industry. Mountaineering remains hazardous and while it is impossible to eliminate all the hazards, our guides will maximize your experience and greatly minimize the risks involved.

    Can I rent some of the equipment needed during the programs?

    On this program we offer participants access to all the technical equipment at no extra charge. This includes; harnesses, helmets, belay device, carabineers, ice axes, crampons and much more. Contact us for specific sizes and availability.

    Where can I rent/buy climbing & outdoor equipment?

    Here are a few outdoor stores in Nelson that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear rental, please ensure you rent gear well in advance.

    Rivers Oceans and Mountains 354-2056 www.roamshop.com
    Valhalla Pure Outfitters 354-1006 www.shop.vpo.ca