Ascending Burnie Glacier 2014 by Sarah Tory

Sawback Alpine Adventures

Mountaineering and Adventuring since 1995

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Featured Trips, Winter 2018:

    Bow-Yoho Traverse - Dec 28-Jan 1 - FULL - This seems to be the winter for Yoho traverses. Guide: Tom Wolfe
    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST-2) - Jan 6/7, Jan 13/14 (two consecutive weekends), based out of Canmore, AB (1st weekend) and Golden BC (second weekend). TWO more spots! Instructor/Guide: Tom Wolfe
    Nirvana Pass Ski Camp - March 9-15, 2018 - $2500/person - 8 spots, 4 spots available! - Deluxe fly-in wilderness ski camp in this legendary Coast Range ski mountaineering zone, with heated kitchen and dry tents, and guest tents provided. Fully catered and guided. Guides: Tom Wolfe, Cook & second guide: TBA
    Bow-Yoho Traverse - March 17-22, 2018 - $1795 - FULL - waiting list available - Bow Hut to Guy Hut To Stanley Mitchell. Guide: Tom Wolfe
    Bow-Yoho Traverse - April 14-19, 2018 - $1695/person - FULL, waiting list available - Fully catered and guided. Guide: Tom Wolfe
    Sorcerer Lodge - April 22-29, 2018 - $2300/person - FULL - Luxury lodge in the Canadian Rockies fully guided/catered. Enjoy spring skiing and mountaineering at its finest. Guides: Ian Kirschner, Tom Wolfe; Cook: Michelle Heerschop

Prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and do not include 5% federal sales tax (GST)

Custom Trips offered

  • Rock and ice climbing (easy intro routes to high-end technical climbing)
  • Ski touring (single day, multi-day, hut and tent-based expeditions)
  • Instruction (avalanche skills, rock and ice climbing, glacier travel, rock rescue, climbing technique)
  • Mountain hiking (single and multi-day)
  • Helicopter-accessed climbing and skiing
  • Availability 2017-18

    I am fully booked into the Winter 2018 season. See course listings above for openings. Limited last minute availability might be possible, so feel free to contact me just in case. I am already taking bookings for the Winter 2019 and 2020 seasons.

    Photos of Trips

    Here are links to a couple of photo albums from the trips I have guided at Burnie Glacier Chalet:

    See this great slideshow from my last Bugs-Beaver/Duncan traverse in 2012 with Conrad Janzen (IFMGA).


    I started Sawback in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then I've expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine.

    Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe, who is an ACMG Mountain Guide and member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).

    How can I book a trip?

    Email us or phone us to enquire about a trip you'd like to do. We'll offer suggestions and find you a guide for the days you're interested in.

    Are you a Guide's Service?

    Sawback is primarily a small one-man operation. While there are guides who work with large operations in Western Canada there is also a small, co-operative community of independent guides who pass work they can't do on to others who can. If I can't join you in your mountain adventure I will refer you to another independent mountain guide who will.

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