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The Beer Climbs are Classic B.C. Ice Routes

These must-do north-facing routes will stay in condition until April and should be on every ice climber's tick-list

Photo by: Brandon Pullan of Will Meinen on Guinness Gully

The Beer Climbs are a collection of ice and mixed routes in Field, B.C., that make up one of the best collections of classic ice routes in the Canadian Rockies. They form by late November, offer a variety of climbing, are easily accessible and several can be climbed in a day.

From east to west, the climbs are Pilsner Pillar WI6 215m, Traditional Ale M7 WI5 50m, Juste Pour Rire WI4R 20m, Carlsberg Column WI5 60m, Cascade Kronenbourg WI6 90m, Heineken Hall WI3+ 100m, Labatt’s Lane, WI3 185m, Wild Cougar WI4X 215m, Guinness Gully WI4- 245m, Guinness Stout WI4+ 80m and High Test WI4+ 60m.

Field sits on the Trans Canada Highway in the shadows of Mount Stephen and Mount Dennis. Most of the Beer Climbs are directly under big avalanche paths, so be sure to check the avalanche conditions here. To access the climbs, drive through Field to Stephen Ave. and continue along a one-way back service road that leads back to the Trans Canada. There are pullouts and signs at the trailheads for the routes.

Pilsner Pillar

Guinness Gully

Carlsberg Column

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Lead photo: Brandon Pullan of Will Meinen on Guinness Gully