Preparation Inspires Confidence

Even the most experienced scramblers and mountaineers put considerable time into researching an objective before heading out the door. Whether it's reading multiple trip reports to collect a variety of perspectives, consulting avalanche conditions, checking for park advisories, or carefully examining weather forecasts, there's a lot of prep work that goes into a perfect day in the mountains. The following links cover the websites and resources I turn to in my preparations.

Know of any great resources that should be listed? If so, be sure to let me know.

Trip Reports

Andrea B. (Flickr) ›

Although not to most detailed reports, Andrea regularly posts galleries from her ascents in the Rockies and South America.

Ben There Climbed That ›

The scrambling blog of guide author Ben Nearingburg includes a broad variety of trip reports including many in Jasper.

Bob Spriko ›

One of Alberta's most prolific scramblers, Bob has covered the entire Kane and Nugara lists and many other mountains.

Eric Coulthard ›

Now the admin of, Eric's original scrambling site has many trips from Jasper and David Thompson Country.

Explor8ion ›

Vern's one of the most prolific trip reporters out there. He has hundreds of reports, and they're all top notch in quality.

Golden Scrambles ›

Based out of Golden, Josée and Fabrice post many reports from the Canadian Rockies and less frequently visited areas of BC.

Marko Stavric (Flickr) ›

Aside from posting amazing photos from mountains throughout the Rockies, Marko also provides a number of GPS tracks.

Matthew Clay ›

Matthew's site has awesome photos, GPS tracks and trip reports, and also covers a number of great hiking destinations.

On Top ›

Follow the amusing adventures of Matthew Hobbs and his dog Crux across a large collection of great scrambling reports.

Raffinator's Summits ›

It has a viable route in Alberta, there's a chance that Raff's (a.k.a. Mountain Ninja) knows it or has been up it.

Running Mountains ›

Jamie Junker is a fan of making fast ascents and has a bunch of reports from the southern section of the Canadian Rockies.

So's Digital Diary ›

Great photos, GPS tracks, and detailed difficulty information help make So's site an excellent resource.

Sonny Bou ›

Sonny has a number of very useful trip reports on his site, particularly for Glacier and Waterton National Parks.

Steven Song ›

A mountain climbing machine, Steven will soon have reports for every mountain in Alberta and BC. ›

If you're looking to climb in Colorado, this site (and its sister site is all you'll need. Amazingly comprehensive.

Research & Learning

General Reference
Atlas of Canada ›

An excellent repository of topographic map data and official mountain names from the Government of Canada. ›

Bivouac is an archaic, but highly useful, website. The main selling point is access to reports on obscure objectives.

Club Tread Community ›

A great site that gets a lot of published reports from B.C., some from Alberta, and plenty of scrambling-related discussion.

Flowers of the Canadian Rockies ›

Rachelo's site is incredibly helpful for identifying the many wildflowers one encounters in the Canadian Rockies.

GemTrek Maps ›

Excellent printed topographic maps with useful notations. I get mine from MEC, but they're available at many places.

Gmap4 ›

An enhanced version of Google Maps, allowing you to easily shift between a variety of basemaps.

Mountain Obsession ›

Spencer's website is a celebration of mountain culture featuring the contributions of numerous Albertans.

Mountaineering Calendar ›

For those with international ambitions: a calendar showing when mountain regions of the world are in peak shape.

Parks Canada ›

Their trail conditions tend to lag behind reality, but great for camping/road/fire/animal info and advisories.

Ranier Mountaineering ›

A guiding company that offers excellent, cost-free, technical skill guides and fitness program information.

Rocky Mountain Books ›

Publishers of the best mountain guides for the Rockies, such as those by Kane, Nugara, Corbett and Scott.

SummitPost ›

Can be one of the best resources for some mountains, sometimes. Many decent reports from Dow Williams.

SummitSearch ›

A vast database of mountain stats, photos and route beta with a Canadian focus from numerous contributors.

Wild Species of Alberta ›

A Provincial guide on all species of wildlife one could encounter in the Canadian Rockies, from birds to mammals.

Clubs & Course Providers
Alpine Club of Canada ›

While some sections aren't as good as others, most offer affordable training opportunities and hut access.

CSMC (Calgary) ›

With many training opportunities and weekly trips the CSMC is a great place for beginners and intermediates.

MEC Club Directory ›

While not exhaustive, it does a great job of listing established groups across the country including many Alberta mountain clubs.

Mountain Skills Academy ›

Based out of Canmore, MSAA provides a variety of training programs from avalanche safety to advanced mountaineering.

University of Calgary ›

The UofC offers affordable mountain training programs (such as crevasse rescue) and equipment rentals.

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures ›

The Rockies' leading guiding company offers a suite of excellent mountain training programs and camps.

Weather & Conditions

SpotWX (Weather) ›

An awesome forecast site which allows you to compare numerous weather models at a specific location with hourly breakdowns. ›

Vital avalanche condition reports to consult before any winter alpine travel! Considerable conditions or higher should give you pause.

MCR Reports ›

Targeted mostly at mountaineering destinations, these reports provide useful information on regional conditions.

Supplimentary Weather Forecasts and Webcams
Banff (Town Area)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Canmore (Town Area)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Castle Wilderness Area

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Cranbrook (Fernie)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Crowsnest Pass

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcam

Glacier National Park (USA)

WU  /  MF  /  WC  /  Webcams

Golden B.C. (Roger's Pass)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Jasper (Town Area)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Kananaskis (Village Area)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Lake Louise

MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Nordegg (David Thompson)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcam

Saskatchewan River Crossing

MF  /  WN  /  Webcams

Valemount (Robson)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcam

Waterton (Village Area)

EC  /  MF  /  WN  /  Webcam