Rock Climbing Super Course: Banff & Canmore AB - Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
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Banff / Canmore

Rock Climbing Super Course

Rock Climbing Super Course Canada

Summary

 Summer
  • Cost:
  • $849

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 5 Days   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Prior Rock Climbing Experience  

This 5 day program is an in-depth look at all aspects Rock Climbing. This 86 lesson comprehensive course is a must for all who wish to kick start their rock climbing careers. Participants can expect to leave the course fully autonomous, with a strong foundation in all aspects of rock climbing.

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Course Information

This 5-day program is an in-depth look at all aspects Rock Climbing.

Incorporating the modules of MSA:

  • Intro to Rock Climbing (2 Days)
  • Intro to Trad Climbing (1 Day)
  • Intro to Multi-pitch Climbing (2 Days)

This 86-lesson comprehensive course is a must for all who wish to kick-start their rock climbing careers.

Participants can expect to leave the course fully autonomous, with a strong foundation in all aspects of rock climbing.

We will finish the course off with a classic multi-pitch climb in the Canadian Rockies.

Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing and Lead – 2 days

Day One

  • 8:00 orientation meeting at Gear Up Sports Rentals, Canmore
  • Formal introductions, sign waivers, safety discussion and backpack/equipment check.
  • Lesson 1 Equipment: fit for climbing shoes, harness, helmet
  • Drive: carpooling recommended where possible.
  • Lesson 2 Environment: leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Lesson 3 On-site safety: objective & subjective sport climbing hazards and safety protocols.
  • Lesson 4 Rock Climbing Movement: learn basic climbing techniques and bouldering
  • Lesson 5 Introduction to outdoor climbing specific equipment and use
  • Lesson 6 Introduction to different anchors and assessing anchor/bolt quality
  • Lesson 7 Top-roping: setting anchors and ropes for top-roping
  • Lesson 8 Tying in: use of figure 8 knot for climbing
  • Lesson 9 Belaying: current belay techniques using a belay tube
  • Lesson 10 Communication: climbing commands, proper terminology and communication with your climbing partner
  • Lesson 11 Lowering and Rappelling: using belay devices, system checks and safety
  • Lesson 12 Quickdraw removal and racking gear on the harness
  • Lesson 13 Threading the anchor with various anchor types
  • Lesson 14 Climbing technique: professional coaching and movement skills
  • Lesson 15 Safety reminder: current hazards and safety protocols in rock climbing. Lesson 16 Climbing: warm up and bouldering
  • Lesson 17 Learning to use guidebooks and choosing a route
  • Lesson 18 Tying in and Belaying review
  • Lesson 19 Lowering and Rappelling review
  • Lesson 20 Climbing: professional coaching and movement skills
  • Lesson 21 Objective and subjective hazards of outdoor climbing
  • Lesson 22 Mitigating hazards and planning
  • Lesson 23 Basics of Multi-pitch Climbing (designed for seconding bolted 2-3 pitch routes)
  • Lesson 24 Multi-pitch safety considerations
  • Lesson 25 Demonstration, how to second a multi-pitch and clean gear
  • Lesson 26 Securing yourself at anchors
  • Lesson 27 Rappelling or lowering off of multi-pitch sport climbs
  • Lesson 28 Mock Leads in preparation for the next phases of traditional and lead climbing
  • Day concludes at approximately 16:30

Day Two

  • 8:00 meeting at Summit Café, Canmore
  • Meet at Bagel co. in Canmore safety discussion and backpack/equipment check
  • Drive: drive to a different climbing area.
  • Lesson 29 Lead climbing equipment

  • Lesson 30 Review: Environment: leave no trace and wildlife discussion
  • Lesson 31 On-site safety: Current hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 32 Introduction to different anchors and assessing anchor/bolt quality
  • Lesson 33 Top roping/mock leading: Top roping to prepare for your first lead
  • Lesson 34: How to rack up for leading
  • Lesson 35 Lead belaying demonstration: How to lead belay using a belay tube
  • Lesson 36 Lead climbing demonstration
  • Lesson 37 Preparing the lead: belayer placement, rope placement, stick-clipping and spotting
  • Lesson 38 Clipping and Un-clipping techniques for leading and cleaning routes
  • Lesson 39 Lowering vs Rappelling: Using belay devices, system checks and safety
  • Lesson 40 How to Clean a Route: Securing yourself to the anchor, cleaning the anchor, system checks and safety, retrieving quickdraws
  • Lesson 41 Learning to fall
  • Lesson 42 Leading strategy
  • Lesson 43 Leading problem-solving: i.e: route longer than half rope, escape from mid-route, etc.
  • Day debrief

Day Three

Introduction To Trad Climbing – 1 day

  • Day Four 8:00 orientation meeting at Beamers Coffee Shop in Canmore
  • Backpack/Equipment check. Goals and Agenda.
  • Lesson 44 Equipment: Overview
  • Drive to local rock climbing area: Carpooling recommended when possible.
  • Lesson 45 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols.
  • Lesson 46 Introduction to Trad Protection: Cams, nuts, pitons etc.
  • Lesson 47 Introduction to Trad terminology, principles and physics: direction of pull, passive vs. active, etc.
  • Lesson 48 How to place and remove different pieces of trad protection
  • Lesson 49 Building Anchors: Using the IDEALS & SRENE acronym for a solid anchor
  • Lesson 50 Building Anchors: Using appropriate soft materials for anchors
  • Lesson 51 Lead Climbing Strategies: Racking up for your lead
  • Lesson 52 Simulated Leads: Placing and removing protection on top rope
  • Lesson 23 Building and Assessing Anchors: When topping out on your trad climb
  • Lesson 54 Trad climbing multi-pitch seconding technique & considerations
  • Lesson 55 Natural anchors- assessment and use
  • Lesson 56 Climbing: Professional Coaching and Application
  • Day debrief

Multi-pitch Rock Climbing Course – 2 days

Day Four

  • 8:00 orientation meeting at Gear Up Sports
  • Morning Meeting: Morning Meeting: Coffee or tea, Review, Q & A session, Days agenda, equipment check.
  • Drive: Carpooling recommended when possible.
  • Review – Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Review- Multi-pitch Rock situational awareness & Onsite Safety: Review current hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 57 Introduction to multi-pitch Theory
  • Lesson 58 Review: Knots, belayer & rope placement-belaying, and communication
  • Lesson 59 The multi-pitch backpack and approach strategy
  • Lesson 60 Gear Requirements: Putting together the right rack for the route
  • Lesson 61 Route Selection: Selecting the right Multi-pitch climb.
  • Lesson 62 Rope Selection: Single ropes vs half or twin ropes
  • Review: Modern traditional gear: Removing and Racking
  • Lesson 63 Securing Yourself: To an anchor during a multi-pitch
  • Lesson 64 Lead belaying and top-down belaying, re-directed belay – different systems
  • Lesson 65 Racking up for a multi-pitch
  • Lesson 66 Safety; Rope and Belay Management placement
  • Lesson 67 Multi-pitch communication and commands- rope tugs technique
  • Lesson 68 Protecting the second from pendulum
  • Lesson 69 Retreat Options and Backup Plans- problem-solving
  • Lesson 70 Rappelling with a backup prussic
  • Lesson 71 Extending the anchor to see your partner
  • Lesson 72 Efficient leader switch-overs
  • Lesson 73 Rope drag reduction technique
  • Lesson 74 Advanced rope management- Ascent: effective switch-overs re-stacking techniques
  • Lesson 75 Advanced rope management- Descent: – Lap coil throw, End of rope knots, pre-threading anchor
  • Lesson 76 Advanced safety techniques- rappeling with backup prussic/lap coils, lowering considerations
  • Lesson 77 Advanced safety techniques- J-looping anchor, fireman belay
  • Lesson 78 Mentoring day climbing up and descending a multi-pitch training route
  • Lesson 79 How to assess next days route condition, weather forecast and route choice
  • Lesson 80 Assignment: Participants choose next day’s objective and make a route plan
  • Day debrief and next day objective
  • Day ends 1700

Day Five

  • 7:00 meeting at Beamers Coffee Shop Canmore
  • Morning Meeting: Morning Meeting: Coffee or tea, Review, Q & A session, Days agenda, equipment check.
  • Drive: Carpooling recommended when possible.
  • Review – Environment : Leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Review- Multi-pitch Rock situational awareness & Onsite Safety: Review current hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 81 Evaluate participants’ route selection, plan
  • Lesson 82 Evaluate participants route condition and weather forecast
  • Lesson 83 Participants either lead up within their comfort level and capability or are led up a multi-pitch route.
  • Lesson 84 On going multi-pitch system instruction and feedback during the day
  • Lesson 85 Participants lead down a multi-pitch via rappel
  • Lesson 86 On going multi-pitch systems instruction and feedback during the descent- Course debrief and next step recommendations
  • Course Closure
  • Day ends 1700

Clothing

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:

  • Climbing pants or sweatpants
  • T-shirt
  • Mid layer fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Puffy or warm jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Thin gloves for belaying
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
  • Backpack large enough to carry personal and group gear.
  • Lunch and snacks

Outdoor Rock Climbing Equipment

  • Rock shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Locking carabiner
  • Chalk bag

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.

Day One

  • Lesson 1 Equipment: fit for climbing shoes, harness, helmet
  • Lesson 2 Environment: leave no trace and wildlife discussion
  • Lesson 3 On-site safety: objective & subjective sport climbing hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 4 Rock Climbing Movement: learn basic climbing techniques and bouldering
  • Lesson 5 Introduction to outdoor climbing specific equipment and use
  • Lesson 6 Introduction to different anchors and assessing anchor/bolt quality
  • Lesson 7 Top-roping: setting anchors and ropes for top-rope climbing
  • Lesson 8 Tying in: use of figure 8 knot for climbing
  • Lesson 9 Belaying: current belay techniques using a belay tube
  • Lesson 10 Communication: climbing commands, proper terminology and communication with your climbing partner
  • Lesson 11 Lowering and Rappelling: using belay devices, system checks and safety
  • Lesson 12 Quickdraw removal and racking gear on the harness
  • Lesson 13 Threading the anchor with various anchor types
  • Lesson 14 Climbing technique: professional coaching and movement skills

Day Two

  • Lesson 15 Safety reminder: current hazards and safety protocols in rock climbing
  • Lesson 16 Climbing: warm up and bouldering
  • Lesson 17 Learning to use guidebooks and choosing a route
  • Lesson 18 Tying in and belaying review
  • Lesson 19 Lowering and rappelling review
  • Lesson 20 Climbing: professional coaching and movement skills
  • Lesson 21 Objective and subjective hazards of outdoor climbing
  • Lesson 22 Mitigating hazards and planning
  • Lesson 23 Basics of Multi-pitch Climbing (designed for seconding bolted 2-3 pitch routes)
  • Lesson 24 Multi-pitch safety considerations
  • Lesson 25 Demonstration, how to second a multi-pitch and clean gear
  • Lesson 26 Securing yourself at anchors
  • Lesson 27 Rappelling or lowering off of multi-pitch sport climbs
  • Lesson 28 Mock Leads in preparation for the next phases of traditional and lead climbing

Day Three

  • Lesson 29 Lead climbing equipment
  • Lesson 30 Environment: Leave no trace and wildlife discussion
  • Lesson 31 On-site safety: Current hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 32 Introduction to different anchors and assessing anchor/bolt quality
  • Lesson 33 Top roping/mock leading: Top roping to prepare for your first lead
  • Lesson 34: How to rack up for leading
  • Lesson 35 Lead belaying demonstration: How to lead belay using a belay tube
  • Lesson 36 Lead climbing demonstration
  • Lesson 37 Preparing the lead: belayer placement, rope placement, stick-clipping and spotting
  • Lesson 38 Clipping and Un-clipping techniques for leading and cleaning routes
  • Lesson 39 Lowering vs Rappelling: Using belay devices, system checks and safety
  • Lesson 40 How to Clean a Route: Securing yourself to the anchor, cleaning the anchor, system checks and safety, retrieving quickdraws
  • Lesson 41 Learning to fall
  • Lesson 42 Leading strategy
  • Lesson 43 Leading problem solving: i.e: route longer than half rope, escape from mid-route, etc

Day Four

  • Lesson 44 Equipment: Overview
  • Lesson 45 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols
  • Lesson 46 Introduction to Trad Protection: Cams, nuts, pitons etc
  • Lesson 47 Introduction to Trad terminology, principles and physics: direction of pull, passive vs. active, etc
  • Lesson 48 How to place and remove different pieces of trad protection
  • Lesson 49 Building Anchors: Using the IDEALS & SRENE acronym for a solid anchor
  • Lesson 50 Building Anchors: Using appropriate soft materials for anchors
  • Lesson 51 Lead Climbing Strategies: Racking up for your lead
  • Lesson 52 Simulated Leads: Placing and removing protection on top rope
  • Lesson 53 Building and Assessing Anchors: When topping out on your trad climb
  • Lesson 54 Trad climbing multi-pitch seconding technique & considerations
  • Lesson 55 Natural anchors- assessment and use
  • Lesson 56 Climbing: Professional Coaching and Application

Day Five

  • Lesson 57 Introduction to multi-pitch Theory
  • Lesson 58 Review: Knots, belayer & rope placement-belaying, and communication
  • Lesson 59 The multi-pitch backpack and approach strategy
  • Lesson 60 Gear Requirements: Putting together the right rack for the route
  • Lesson 61 Route Selection: Selecting the right Multi-pitch climb.
  • Lesson 62 Rope Selection: Single ropes vs half or twin ropes
  • Lesson 63 Securing Yourself: To an anchor during a multi-pitch
  • Lesson 64 Lead belaying and top-down belaying, re-directed belay – different systems
  • Lesson 65 Racking up for a multi-pitch
  • Lesson 66 Safety; Rope and Belay Management placement
  • Lesson 67 Multi-pitch communication and commands- rope tugs technique
  • Lesson 68 Protecting the second from pendulum
  • Lesson 69 Retreat Options and Backup Plans- problem-solving
  • Lesson 70 Rappelling with a back-up prussic
  • Lesson 71 Extending the anchor to see your partner
  • Lesson 72 Efficient leader switch-overs
  • Lesson 73 Rope drag reduction technique
  • Lesson 74 Advanced rope management – Ascent: effective switch-overs, re-stacking techniques
  • Lesson 75 Advanced rope management – Descent: Lap coil throw, end of rope knots, pre-threading anchor
  • Lesson 76 Advanced safety techniques- rappeling with backup prussic/lap coils, lowering considerations
  • Lesson 77 Advanced safety techniques- J-looping anchor, fireman belay
  • Lesson 78 Mentoring day climbing up and descending a multi-pitch training route
  • Lesson 79 How to assess next days route condition, weather forecast and route choice
  • Lesson 80 Assignment: Participants choose next days objective and make a route plan

Day Six

  • Lesson 81 Evaluate participants’ route selection, plan
  • Lesson 82 Evaluate participants route condition and weather forecast
  • Lesson 83 Participants either lead up within their comfort level and capability or are led up a multi-pitch route
  • Lesson 84 On-going multi-pitch system instruction and feedback during the day
  • Lesson 85 Participants lead down a multi-pitch via rappel
  • Lesson 86 On-going multi-pitch systems instruction and feedback during the descent

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