Our Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing is a perfect 2-day course for indoor climbers looking to get off the wall, for beginner outdoor climbers looking to develop good technique, and for non-climbers seeking to try something new and exciting in a safe and supportive environment.
The following dates are available for this course.
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Our Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing is perfect for indoor climbers looking to get off the wall, for beginner outdoor climbers lacking a solid foundation in technique, and of course for non-climbers seeking to try something new and exciting in a safe and supportive environment.
This course is designed to provide students with a complete and reliable system to climb rock routes with confidence.
We use a systematic approach to introduce and refine 28 critical outdoor rock climbing lessons.
A comprehensive skill-focused Itinerary:
Our goal is to ensure that all participants will build a strong foundation to allow for ultimate safety, excellent technique and a rapid progression.
To attain this goal we utilize a combination of factors beginning with a fully comprehensive curriculum that has been developed by leading rock climbing guides.
In addition to the essentials, this course will teach you the basics of seconding bolted multi-pitch rock climbing routes – an important element as many sport crags/climbing areas will have several routes that are 2 to 3 pitches and may involve multiple rappels coming off the route.
We will also teach rock climb leading through the safe technique of mock leads – creating a logical progression to the next complex skill of leading.
This course is run over 2 full days and as per our trademark of low student to guide ratios we ensure that each student receives extensive coaching and personalized instruction.
You can take comfort in knowing that our instructors are certified guides who possess a great depth of experience and excel at their trade.
Weather conditions along the Coast Mountain Range are constantly changing. Plan ahead, look into weather trends, and prepare for all weather conditions.
Food and water are not included.
If you do not have any individual climbing equipment please contact us for rental.
All group climbing equipment will be provided.
If you own your own equipment and choose to use it please let us know in advance.
It is beneficial to practice using your own equipment under the supervision of a professional.
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
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 your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is 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 prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
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 Wilderness First Aid courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
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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