Women's Trad Climbing & Leading
MSAA’s female ACMG guides provide the expertise and atmosphere that empowers women to confidently develop their outdoor rock climbing skills.
What is the WRCS?
THE WOMEN’S ROCK CLIMBING SERIES aims to provide the adventurous women with the means to develop and progress their climbing skills in a supportive, mentorship-styled learning environment. We implement this with our carefully crafted curriculum, in a customized manner through certified female ACMG/MSAA guides. Courses are held in the world class climbing destination of Squamish BC.
The course is suitable for those with previous basic rock climbing experience.
Never rock climbed? MSAA Intro to Outdoor Rock
Our 1 Day sport leading course was specifically designed to enable female climbers to safely progress in the discipline of Trad Climbing, where climbers place specialized gear in natural rock features to protect themselves. This course is suitable for beginners and for indoor climbers transitioning outdoors.
Your guide will use a customized lesson plan and systematic approach to introduce and refine the critical rock climbing lessons specific to outdoor trad climbing over 1 day.
- Review Climbing equipment and its use
- Outdoor climbing safety and hazard management
- Review safely tying into the rope, belaying
- Rock climbing terminology and commands
- Rock climbing movement
- Rope management
- Anchor building and assessment – bolts
- Top-rope set up
- Rappelling skills
- Threading the anchor for lowering
- Trad climbing equipment overview
- Trad gear placements
- Trad gear racking and removal
- 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 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 Multi-Pitch Course to enjoy the soaring multi-pitch routes. The Squamish Chief is home to many of North America’s best multi-pitch Trad Routes. Consider also taking the Rock Rescue course to learn essential rope rescue systems.
Combine this course with any other Rock Climbing Course and recieve a 10% Discount on the second course! Contact Us for more information.
8:30am: Meet your guide at Squamish Adventure Centre.
The guide will ensure you have signed your online waiver previous to course start, provide a safety discussion and gear check. She will then discuss the day's objectives and lesson plan which will focus on placing trad climbing gear, racking it on harness and the second climber removing the trad gear. As well as continuing refinement of rock trad climbing techniques and outdoor rock.
4:30pm: The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief, discussion of the course and next step recommendations.
- Rock climbing shoes
- 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)
- Trad anchor building prussic (2 x 5 meter prussiks of 7mm cord)
- Chalk bag
If you do not have any climbing gear you can rent a Rock Climbing Essentials package for $5.00.
Clothing (Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and dress accordingly):
- Climbing pants (light pants that allow maximum mobility)
- 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
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.
- Trad climbing movement terminology
- Introduction to trad climbing movement skills
- The trad climbing equipment rack and racking the gear
- Trad gear placements
- Trad gear anchors
- Trad climbing considerations and strategies for route start placements, traverses, cruxes, horizontal cracks and more/li>
- Mock Trad Leads
- Threading the anchor and lowering/rappelling off review
The important details:
Season: May – October
Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 4:30pm)
Max Ratio: 6 Clients to 1 Guide
Prerequisites: Previous Climbing Experience
Price: $169/per person