INTRO TO OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING – 2 DAY

Combo both the Intro to Outdoor Rock & Intro Sport & Leading Course for the ultimate rock climbing kick-starter!

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INTRO TO OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING – 2 DAY

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Join one of our Professionally Certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) guides and let them share their passion for this sport. 

Visit our Guides Page to find out more about your guide.

Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or info@mountainskillsacademy.com

COURSE INFORMATION

This two day course is our Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing & Intro to Sport & Leading Course combined. This course will allow climbers with previous indoor or outdoor climbing experience to excell in this sport.

Topics covered on day 1:
  • 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
  • Route selection and climbing grades
Topics covered on day 2:

Your guide will use a customized lesson plan and systematic approach to introduce and refine the critical rock climbing lessons specific to sport climbing throughout the day.

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

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 8:30am 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 8:30am at the Squamish Adventure Centre.

The group will again discuss the day’s objectives and select appropriate routes together. Day 2 will focus on sport climbing, leading 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.

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

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

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

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Day 2:
  • Cleaning Review (lowering or rappelling)
  • Anchor Construction Review
  • Movement Techniques
  • Route Selection
  • Efficiency improvements
  • Lead belaying
  • Clipping the rope properly
  • Rope management lead the climbers

The important details:

Season: May – October

Duration: 2 Days (8:30am – 4:30pm)

Location: Squamish

Max Ratio: 6 Clients to 1 Guide

Prerequisites: Previous indoor or outdoor climbing

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Price: $299/per person

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