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Women's Sport Climbing & Leading



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Women's Sport Climbing & Leading

MSAA’s female ACMG guides provide the expertise and atmosphere that empowers women to confidently develop their outdoor rock climbing skills.

Featured Guide:

Bronwyn Hodgins smiling with female climbing partner

Bronwyn Hodgins

Bronwyn is a professional climber and ACMG Rock Guide based in Squamish, BC. She enjoys all rock disciplines — from sport to trad to alpine — but her biggest passion is for the big cliffs! 

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What is the WRCS?

THE WOMEN’S ROCK CLIMBING SERIES aims to provide 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? Try MSAA’s Intro to Outdoor Rock!

Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or

Course information...


Our one day Sport Leading course was specifically designed to enable female climbers to safely progress in the discipline of Sport Climbing.

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.

  • Review climbing equipment and its use
  • Outdoor climbing safety and hazard management
  • Knots
  • Review tying in to the rope & belaying
  • Rock climbing terminology and commands
  • Rock climbing movement
  • Rope management
  • Anchor building and assessment using bolts
  • Top-rope set up
  • Rappelling skills
  • Threading the anchor for lowering
  • Mock leading
  • 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 sport 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 & Intro to Trad courses to enjoy the multi-pitch routes Squamish is famous for. 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 – sport climbing technique and leading sport routes.

Note: any leading in this course is achieved via a mock lead, i.e. a top rope will belay you while you practice leading. If appropriate, your guide may also allow for lead climbing without the additional top rope depending on a participants skill mastery, comfort and course safety.

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

Individual Equipment:
  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device (with 1 locking carabiner)
  • Prusik 1.5-1.7m length, 7mm width
  • 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).

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)
  • 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/hiking shoes
  • Daypack 25-35L
Topics Covered:
  • Equipment and use
  • On site safety
  • Rock climbing terminology and commands
  • Essential climbing knots
  • Safely tying into the rope and belaying
  • Rope management
  • Rock climbing movement and climbing hold terminology
  • Anchors
  • Top-rope set up
  • Threading the anchor – lowering & rappels
  • Leading sport routes (mock leads and if appropriate, leading)
  • Route selection

The important details:

Season: May – October

Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 4:30pm)

Location: Squamish

Max Ratio: 6 Clients to 1 Guide

Prerequisites: Previous Climbing Experience

Price: $169/per person


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