Intro to Trad Climbing

Price: $169 per person

Take your climbing to the next level!

Location: Squamish

Prerequisites: Top-roping experience

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.


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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.

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.

8:15am: Meet your guide at 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.

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


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If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!

Climbing Equipment:
  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device (with 1 locking carabiner)
  • Prusik 1.5-1.7m, 7mm
  • Anchor building equipment (2 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners & 120cm or 240cm sling)
  • Chalk bag
  • Rope
  • Trad rack (if you have it)

The above gear can be purchased from MEC, Climb On (37873 Cleveland Ave, Squamish) or Escape Route (40222 Glenalder Pl, Squamish).

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.

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

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.

Topics Covered:
  • Equipment
  • Environment & Onsite safety
  • Introduction to Trad Protection
  • Introduction to Trad terminology
  • How to place and remove gear
  • Building Anchors
  • Lead Climbing Strategies
  • Building and Assessing Anchors
  • Natural anchors
  • Trad leading session

Click HERE for the full curriculum


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