I did Intro to Mountaineering last year (July 2011) and Lake Louise Classics this summer (July 2012). I started with no mountaineering experience, but was a strong scrambler. The Yamnuska guides are fantastic: very knowledgeable, patient, & good cooks. The climb of Mt. Victoria was absolutely amazing experience. It was a climb of a lifetime, for sure. I would warn that the Lake Louise Classics are a BIG step up, and far more extreme than the climbs in the Intro course. Some outdoor rock climbing experience would also be helpful for the Classics trip. With 4am “alpine starts”, you will be climbing rock (sometimes with crampons) by headlamp.
I must also echo one of the comments below --- for maximum enjoyment, show up in the best shape of your life, and expect some serious “exposure”.
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