Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing Course - Squamish
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Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing – 1 Day Course

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Summary

 Summer
  • Cost:
  • $139

Location: Squamish or Whistler  Duration: 1 Day  Fitness: Average  Ability: Introductory  Prerequisites: None  

Learn outdoor rock climbing in the world class destination of Squamish BC. Participants will obtain the essential skills required to safely and effectively enjoy this amazing sport. Instruction is professionally provided in the safest and most supportive environment by our certified ACMG and MSAA guides and our cutting-edge curriculum. The course is suitable for those with or without previous climbing experience.

*All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants.

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Course Information

This Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing course is designed to provide students with a safe and reliable system to rock climb outdoors with confidence.

We use a systematic approach to introduce and refine 14 critical outdoor rock climbing lessons.

A comprehensive skill-focused Itinerary:

  • Climbing equipment and its use
  • Outdoor climbing safety and hazard management
  • Knots
  • Belaying and safely tying into the rope
  • Rock climbing terminology and commands
  • Rock climbing movement
  • Rope management
  • Anchor building and assessment
  • Top-rope set up
  • Rappelling skills
  • Threading the anchor for lowering
  • Route selection and climbing grades

Our goal is to ensure that all participants will build a strong foundation to allow for ultimate safety, excellent technique, and a rapid progression. We use a fully comprehensive curriculum that has been developed by leading, certified rock climbing guides.

The course is run over a full day, with a low student to guide ratio and with your guide following our carefully crafted curriculum and lesson plan. This ensures each participant receives the full curriculum,  coaching and personalized instruction.

If you wish to include exposure to trad climbing basics, as well as get more practice with all of this course’s skills, you should consider our 2-day Intro to Outdoor Rock Course.

You can take comfort in knowing that our instructors are certified guides and instructors who possess a great depth of experience, excel at their trade, and that Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures is the Sea to Sky corridor’s longest established and most trusted local mountain school!

Day One

  • Meet your instructor at the pre-arranged meeting point. Your guide will be in our red uniform.
  • Meet and greet, sign waivers, safety discussion and gear check.
  • Discuss current weather and the objectives of the day.
  • Drive or walk to course location.
  • Lessons 1 – 14
  • End of day. Debrief, discuss following day.

Individual Equipment

  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • 6 locking carabiners
  • 120cm or 240cm sling
  • Chalk bag

We recommend getting familiar with your own gear but we are happy to provide the gear if you let us know what you need.

Clothing

Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and dress accordingly.

  • Climbing pants (light pants that allow maximum mobility)
  • T-shirt
  • Mid layer fleece or wool top
  • Weatherproof shell jacket
  • Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Approach shoes
  • Daypack 25-35L

Instructor provides group equipment:

  • Ropes
  • Anchor building equipment

Food and water are not included. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.

If you do not have your own climbing equipment please contact us to arrange to borrow helmets, harness or climbing shoes.

It is beneficial to practice using your own equipment under the supervision of a professional.

1 Day Course Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 Equipment and Use: fit for climbing shoes, harness, helmet
  • Lesson 2 Environment : leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Lesson 3 On site safety: outdoor rock climbing hazards and safety
  • Lesson 4 Rock climbing terminology and commands
  • Lesson 5 Essential climbing knots
  • Lesson 6 Rock Climbing Movement : learn basic climbing techniques, balance,  hand grips foot placements and more.
  • Lesson 7 Belaying and safely tying into the rope: current belay techniques using  belay device and gri-gri, getting others to safely belay you, safety checks.
  • Lesson 8 Rope management: Learn about ropes, what you should buy, how to coil your rope for storage and transport and rope handling at the outdoor crag
  • Lesson 9 Anchors: Introduction to different anchors, building, quality assessment and use
  • Lesson 10 Top-rope set up: Accessing a climb either by leading a route or from the top to set up a top-rope.
  • Lesson 11  Rappelling skills: setting up a rappel with safety considerations such as route length, threading the anchor for rappel, rope end knots and prussic back-up.
  • Lesson 12 Threading the anchor: Anchor threading skills including safety considerations such threading a bite, lowering on a bite or rope end, route length and commands.
  • Lesson 13 Climbing grades: Understanding different climbing grades and your ability
  • Lesson 14 Route selection: Reading guidebooks, understanding the route topo

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Important Information

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.

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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. We also accept bank e-transfers 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 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 Tours

  • With less than 48 hours of the tour start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • With more than 48 hours notice:  We will reschedule or refund with no penalty.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days of the course date: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days of the course date: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**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 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent 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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