Trad climbing, or traditional rock climbing, is the original style of rock climbing in which climbers set and remove their protection as they climb. This allows climbers to climb any route that allows for removable protection. Our 1-day Intro to Trad Climbing course targets intermediate to advanced top-rope and sport climbers.
*All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants.
Trad climbing, or traditional rock climbing, is the original style of rock climbing in which climbers set and remove their protection as they climb. This allows climbers to climb any route that allows for removable protection.
Our Intro to Trad Climbing course targets intermediate to advanced top-rope or sport climbers who want to expand their reach and learn the skills required to take on some of the incredible crack climbs Squamish and Whistler has to offer.
If you aren’t comfortable on top-roped outdoor single pitch climbs we offer an Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing course that will help you transition into trad climbing.
We also offer our Rock Climbing Super Course which covers every aspect of rock climbing.
Learn Traditional Climbing
Our 14 lesson curriculum is designed to meet the needs of climbers with previous outdoor climbing experience or indoor lead climbing experience.
You will learn the principles of trad climbing, the fundamentals of building traditional rock anchors and placing and removing your own gear for protection while you lead climb.
You will also learn the basics of seconding multi-pitch rock trad climbs and the assessment and use of natural anchors such as trees and boulders.
After the course, participants will have the skills to safely lead single pitch rock climbs. The result is a strong foundation that will permit rapid progress.
Trad climbing is not only an important aspect of climbing on its own but is also the foundation for alpine climbing.
Taking your Trad Climbing skills to the next level
The natural next step in your climbing progression once you’re comfortable lead climbing and trad climbing is to learn how to ascend multi-pitch climbs.
Our Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing course combines one day of learning the required skills and practicing technique and a day taking on one of Squamish or Whistler’s classic multi-pitch climbs.
This course will not only provide you with the requisite skills but give you a taste of the incredible routes you’ll be able to tackle.
Group climbing equipment will be brought by your instructor. If you own your own equipment, it is beneficial to practice using it under the supervision of our instructors.
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.
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
**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 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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