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Banded Peak x Guardians of the Ice Speaker Series: Mount Castleguard

September 29, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Banded Peak Brewing Presents The Guardians of the Ice Speaker Series: Mount Castleguard

Banded Peak Brewing Presents: The Guardians of the Ice Speaker Series – Mount Castleguard-


Jim Elzinga has been an active and influential alpinist for over 40 years. He is the founder of Guardians of the Ice, with numerous first ascents in the Canadian Rockies, the Andes, and the Himalayas. Jim received the prestigious Edmund Hillary Award for his leadership of Everest Light, a first ascent that has never been duplicated. Steve House called him “the original Canadian hard man.


Ian Welsted is an accomplished Canadian climber with a long list of first ascents, big mountain climbs, and a Piolet D’or, Ian has explored and experienced the mountains as in his dreams.

Early successful solos of Yexyexéscen (Mount Robson), the tallest peak in his home range gave him the belief that anything is possible. Trips to Asia put the Rockies in perspective, as a great home and a wonderful training ground..

Most recently, his eye has been drawn to the most obvious and stunning possibilities: long massif-traversing technical routes that engage the climber in a deep multi-day sense of adventure.

While Ian continues to seek out big climbs, he is also enjoying growing his guiding business from his hometown of Golden BC, helping others achieve their own objectives and adventures in the mountains and creating new memories and friendships of their own.

For Ian, the friendships formed and memories made in the mountains are more important than any summit.

Dr. Alison Criscitiello is an ice-core scientist and high-altitude mountaineer. Criscitiello’s research explores the history of sea ice in polar regions using ice core chemistry, which involves long months of living in a tent and drilling ice cores in places like Antarctica, Alaska, the Canadian high Arctic, and Greenland. She is the Director of the Canadian Ice Core Lab (CICL) at the University of Alberta, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Criscitiello holds a BA in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an MA in Geophysics from Columbia University, and the first PhD in Glaciology ever conferred by MIT. When not busy shivering for science, Criscitiello seeks out the cold for fun, whether working as a climbing ranger in the national parks or guiding expeditions to major peaks in the Andes, Alaska, and the Himalayas. 2010 she led the first all-women’s ascent of Lingsarmo (6955m) in the Indian Himalayas. She has been the recipient of three American Alpine Club (AAC) climbing awards including one for Borderski, her 2-month winter ski traverse of Tajikistan’s border in the eastern Pamirs with two other Canadian women. In 2016 she was awarded the Mugs Stump Award and John Lauchlan Award to attempt a first alpine ascent in the Indian Himalaya. Alison has been named a National Geographic Explorer, and a Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Criscitiello is the founder and co-director of Girls on Ice Canada.


Date: September 29, 2023

Doors Open: 5:30 pm

Event Starts: 6:30 pm

Tickets: $20

Where: cSPACE Studio Theatre. 1721 29th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta

All guests must be 18 years or older with government proof of ID. No Minors.


Banded Peak Brewer Erick Hollstedt will discuss the partnership for the series with Jim, and take the audience through a tasting of Mount Castleguard Cold IPA.

Guardians of the Ice is a non-profit organization that works to inspire dynamic environmental stewardship on behalf of the rapidly retreating Columbia Icefield, its watersheds, and the whole planet. For more info or to donate to Guardians of the Ice check out their website www.guardiansoftheice.com

Mount Castleguard Cold IPA is our 6th installment in the Guardians of the Ice Speaker Series. This beer is here to redefine the IPA game by infusing the refreshing flavours of a lager with bold citrus hops. Fermented cool and clean on a neutral lager strain, gentle pine and pineapple noted provide depth to the bright lemon and zesty grapefruit flavours. By drinking this beer, you are helping to protect one of North America’s most important water resources.

Orders can be placed online at www.bandedpeakbrewing.com, at local liquor stores across the province and at the Banded Peak Taproom.