Intro to Outdoor Rock - 2 Day

The ultimate 2 day, fully comprehensive intro to outdoor rock climbing.

Location: Squamish

Duration: 2 Day

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: None

Ability: Introductory

The world-class destination of Squamish, BC offers both sport and trad climbing. This course prepares climbers by offering the full set of critical skills necessary to safely and effectively begin both sport and trad climbing. Learn in the safest, most supportive environment with our cutting-edge curriculum and professional instruction from our certified ACMG, MSAA guides.

Other Rock Climbing Tours: Full Day Single-Pitch Climbing / Squamish Multi-Pitch Classics / Star Chek Multi-Pitch


Public Course Dates:

All public courses are now finished for the 2020 Summer season.  If you are still interested in booking a Private Guide please contact us.

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Our Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing course is designed to not only to provide students with a safe and reliable system to rock climb outdoors with confidence, but also an overview of trad climbing and its specific movements skills and specialized equipment. This will allow beginner climbers to safely undertake top-rope climbing. Suitable for complete beginners and for indoor climbers. There is a strong focus on safe practices.

We use a systematic approach to introduce and refine critical outdoor rock climbing lessons over 2 days.

  • 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
  • Mock leading
  • Trad climbing equipment overview
  • Seconding, cleaning and racking trad gear
  • Route selection and climbing grades
  • Overall skills practice, coaching and refinement

With this course our goal is to ensure that all participants are able to independently begin both sport and trad climbing by building a strong foundation to allow for ultimate safety, excellent technique, and a rapid progression.

As you progress in the future, you may consider our excellent Intro to Trad which focuses in depth on trad placements and complex anchor building as well as our multi-pitch course to enjoy the soaring multi-pitch routes.

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

The course is run over 2 full days, with a low student to guide ratio and with your guide following our carefully crafted curriculum and lesson plan.

Day 1: Meet your guide at 8:15am at the Squamish Adventure Centre.

The guide will have everyone sign a waiver before having a safety discussion and performing a gear check. They will then discuss the day's objectives and lesson plan.

The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief.

Day 2: Meet your guide at 8:15am at the Squamish Adventure Centre.

The group will again discuss the day’s objectives and select appropriate routes together. Day 2 will focus on trad climbing gear, cleaning and racking, as well as continuing refinement of rock climbing techniques.

The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief, discussion of course and next step recommendations.


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Instructor provides group equipment:
  • Ropes
  • Anchor building equipment
  • Trad climbing rack
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

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.

Day 1:
  • Equipment and Use
  • On site safety
  • Rock climbing terminology and commands
  • Essential climbing knots
  • Rock Climbing Movement
  • Belaying and safely tying into the rope
  • Rope management
  • Anchors
  • Top-rope set up
  • Threading the anchor
  • Climbing grades
  • Route selection
Day 2:

On this day, apart from instructing the trad climbing items, your guide takes a careful but more supervisory and coaching role in order to encourage skill mastery which every participants needs in order to undertake safe independent climbing after the course.

  • Safety, commands and rope management review
  • Tying in and Belaying review
  • Introduction to trad climbing movement skills
  • The trad rack
  • Seconding, cleaning and racking trad gear
  • Mock Leads in preparation for the next phases of traditional and lead climbing
  • Threading the anchor and lowering off review

Click HERE for the full curriculum