Mount Sir Donald is the icon of the Rogers Pass area.  The profile of its Northwest Ridge inspires everyone who drives through on the Trans-Canada Highway.  The route boasts some of the finest rock climbing of its grade in the country on a flawless and wonderfully exposed quartzite ridge.  Whether this route has been on your bucket list for a while or you’re looking for that next challenge, come and experience this Canadian classic with us.

Is This For You?

With a total car to summit vertical ascent of over 2000m (6500ft) over a distance of 5km (3mi), the Northwest Ridge of Mount Sir Donald is a serious undertaking.  It requires a high level of fitness and climbing experience.  You should be comfortable with technical climbing up to at least 5.7 and be prepared for up to 12 hours of climbing/descending on summit day.

Maximum guest to guide ratio is 2:1


  • early July through to late September

Please use the Contact Form to inquire about the availability of specific dates and prices.


Meet at Illecillewaet Campground where we begin hiking at about 11:30am.  A steep 3 -5 hour hike will get us to the Sir Donald bivouac site.  Our camping gear and food can be brought up by porters and we will set up camp and prepare for summit day.  An early start on the second day will set us up for our summit attempt, leaving enough time to hike back down to the highway in the late afternoon/evening.


Provided by RPMA:

  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • 2 Locking carabiners
  • Belay device
  • Sling
  • Crampons and mountaineering ice axe if necessary
  • All shared climbing equipment
  • First aid kit
  • All emergency rescue, communications and navigation equipment
  • Cooking and eating gear
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Hiking pole, if requested
  • Food, if requested

Required by you:

  • Broken-in mountaineering or hiking boots
  • Comfortable climbing shoes
  • Day pack (minimum 30L)
  • Hiking pole (optional, can be provided by RPMA)
  • Hiking pants (shorts not recommended)
  • Long underwear
  • Upper base layer
  • Fleece sweater or down jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Thin gloves
  • Thick, warm gloves
  • Toque/warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal blister kit
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Sleeping bag (rated minimum -5C)
  • Water bottle (minimum 1 liter)
  • Camera


Click here to see the mandatory release of liability waiver and medical information sheet. This will have to be read, filled in and signed prior to trip commencement. We will provide printed copies.

To Book:

To make a booking or to get information on available dates and prices, please use the Contact Form and specify the following: the trip you’re interested in, the number in your party and the dates you’re looking for.