Our private guiding program lets you design your own climbing adventure in the Banff & Canmore area. Whether it is single pitch classics or multi-pitch routes in the Rockies – we can help you reach your goal.
To make a booking please call 1 604 938 9242 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t see the specific rock climbing course you are looking for or if the listed course dates don’t fit your schedule, let us organize private instruction for you.
Any topics can be taught from the basics to multi-pitch systems. Come on your own or organize a group of friends and learn together.
Our private guiding program lets you design your own climbing adventure. Whether it is single pitch classics or multi-pitch routes in the Rockies – we can help you reach your goal. Some of the most popular multi-pitch routes we guide are below.
Available upon request.
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.
Accommodation is not included.
Should you require accommodation in Squamish, we have organized for your convenience excellent value accommodation packages with local providers. Please notify us of any accommodation requirements at time of booking.
Food is not included in this course.
Please make sure to pack a good lunch with plenty of high energy food and liquids including snacks.
Transportation is not included in this course. You may add transportation for this course for an additional fee. Please request a quote at time of booking.
All the equipment you will need is included in this course: rock shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, chalk bag and locking carabiner. If you own your own equipment, bring it as it will be the best fit and it is good to be famliar with it. Your instructor will bring the rest such as the rope, quickdraws, anchor material, etc.
Please advise if you require rental gear, at time of booking.
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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