Phone: 403 678 4164 - 1 866 678 4164

Rock Climbing Season

Rock climbing is typically available from May until mid-October. Optimum season is mid-May to late September.

Private Courses

These can be arranged for individuals, families and groups. They are customized to meet your specific needs and objectives. They can be at beginner or advanced levels or focus on specific aspects of climbing such as sport climbing, "trad leading", multi-pitch climbing or instruction for kids. Courses can be for one or several days. Prices vary depending upon whether for multi-pitch or single pitch climbing.

Rock Climbing

Yamnuska Mountain Adventure's rock climbing programs provide progressive training from beginner level to advanced. Instructors are certified guides and leading edge climbers. Individuals, families and groups welcome.

We are proud of our reputation as one of the leading mountain school & mountain guide services in North America. Owned and operated by guides, we are committed to providing the highest quality mountain experiences. It's all about enjoying the mountains, learning from them, and accepting challenge while staying as safe as possible.

Beginner & Intermediate Programs

  • Beginner Experiential Rock Climbing Programs: On demand through the summer months for individuals, families or groups.
  • Rock Climbing Level 1 - Outdoor Rock Intro: Designed for those who have never climbed before or who have done some basic climbing either in the gym or outdoors. Learn basic climbing movement skills and top rope techniques for rock climbing outdoors. An introduction to the skills necessary for seconding on both sport and 'trad' multi pitch climbs is also included.
  • Rock Climbing Level 2 - Learn to Lead: Rock 2 focuses on the skills needed to become a confident sport climbing leader. We will develop the technical skills required to belay, lead and clean single pitch sport climbs as well as develop movement skills to efficiently move across the rock while leading.
  • Rock Climbing Levels 1 & 2: Rock Evolution: A 5-day course designed for beginner to intermediate climbers. Start with the basics of movement, equipment and the top rope system and progress onto learning to lead on bolted sport climbs. The course also introduces instruction on the multi-pitch system, traditional gear placement/removal, rope handling techniques and plenty of movement skill coaching and development.
  • Public Rock Climbing Tour: Every Thursday thru Saturday in July and August we run a rock climbing lesson in Banff.
  • Private Multi-pitch & Instructional Rock Climbing: Ready to take the next step in your rock climbing adventure.  Yamnuska's skilled guides are available for private guiding for any new skill or on any multi-pitch rock route in the Canadian Rockies.

Advanced Programs

  • Rock Climbing Level 3 - Trad Rock Leader: The Trad Rock Leader course consists of two days of intensive traditional rock climbing training with an optional "Plus Day" on an advanced multi-pitch climb.
  • Rock Climbing Level 4 - Multi-Pitch Climbing: This course focuses on the skills required to successfully and efficiently complete multi-pitch climbs at almost any rock climbing destination. Skill development will focus on: route selection, belaying methods in the multi-pitch setting, protecting both the leader and the second while climbing, anchor construction and considerations for multi pitch climbing, route finding on route, rappel descents and emergency preparedness.
  • Rock Climbing Level 5 - Rock Rescue & Advanced Ropework: Learn the basics of self and partner rescue on rock. Rescue for Rock Climbers will give you these tools so that you can be more confident in dealing with an emergency situation in the rock climbing environment.
  • Ghost Rock: This 5-day program takes place in The Ghost Valley, a hidden gem of classic gun smoke colored limestone cliffs.
  • Hot Rock: 3-day multi-pitch program. One of our most adventurous climbing programs will see you seconding some of the most picturesque and towering multi-pitch routes that can be found in the Canadian Rockies
  • Private Multi-pitch & Instructional Rock Climbing: Ready to take the next step in your rock climbing adventure.  Yamnuska's skilled guides are available for private guiding for any new skill or on any multipitch rock route in the Canadian Rockies.