This fast paced and fully comprehensive 2-day course includes 33 critical lessons and a full day of climbing a classic multi-pitch. This course is designed to meet the needs of climbers with previous basic outdoor or indoor climbing experience who wish to learn the complete set of multi-pitch rock climbing skills including advanced techniques.
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This fast paced and fully comprehensive 2-day course includes 33 critical lessons and a full day of climbing a classic multi-pitch.
This course is designed to meet the needs of climbers with previous basic outdoor or indoor climbing experience who wish to learn the complete set of multi-pitch rock climbing skills including advanced techniques.
We begin by reviewing all the essentials:
We then move into the fundamental skills for Multi-Pitch rock climbing:
Forming first a powerful foundation we then move onto further advanced skills that provide the efficiency needed to complete multi-pitch routes in a timely manner.
Such skills as advanced rope management, specialize belaying techniques, rapid leader change-overs and more will contribute to an effective and efficient system which makes for speedy transitions on the ascent and descent.
The result is a sound foundation, a safe and effective technique and efficient multi-pitch transitions for speedy ascents and descents. All this is geared towards creating an independent multi-pitch climber who will have the skills to progress rapidly.
On day 2 participants hone their skills on a multi-pitch route which involves several pitches and a rappel descent.
Those with lead climbing experience will be given the opportunity to lead within their ability level to develop independence. Every participant will lead a rappel descent.
This is a guided day climbing one of the many classic multi-pitch routes in the Rockies with a Guide:Client Ratio of 1:2.
The areas that we will do Multi-pitch routes in the Bow Valley include: Yamnuska, Kid Goat, Ha Ling, EEOR, The Ghost, Tunnel Mountain, Cascade Mountain and many others.
During the summer months weather conditions are constantly changing. Be prepared for both hot or cold days and even rain. There are several rain protected climbing venues. So please dress according to the forecast for the course days.
We recommend the following:
Outdoor Rock Climbing Equipment
We have rental equipment available if needed, but we highly recommend using your own gear so you can get comfortable with it under the guide’s instruction.
All group climbing equipment will be brought along for this course by your guide.
We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.
Emergency Evacuation and Medical
This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.
We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.
Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.
Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.
Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.
Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Programs
**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.
Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.
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