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$335 CDN covers instruction and use of technical gear. Accommodation and meals are not included but low cost, easy options exist which we can tell you about. Goods and Services Tax (GST) is extra.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

This course is designed for: People who have never climbed before and basic indoor gym climbers.

If you are an indoor climber who climbs 5.9 or greater and you are leading or feel ready to lead you should consider our 'Rock 2 - Learn to Lead' course.

More climbing!

Yamnuska guides and instructors are also available for private climbing or instruction after the course. 

Rock Climbing Level 1 - Outdoor Rock Intro

Rock climbing is an exhilarating sport and the Outdoor Rock Intro course is a great way to get started. As the foundation for many other types of climbing, learning to rock climb properly is essential. And where better to learn than the Canadian Rockies! The Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise offer seemingly endless opportunities for beginner through expert climbers.

The Outdoor Rock Intro course is designed for those who have never climbed before or who have done some basic climbing either in the gym or outdoors. In this course you will 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 in the course. Developing these skills early on will allow you to progress at a quicker rate and you will likely find climbing much more rewarding. You will be taught and coached by our very talented and certified guides delivering our well established curriculum.

Sign up for our 'Plus Day' on the Monday where you can join a guide led team to climb one of the many great multi-pitch climbs in the region.

Course Agenda

Day 1: 8:00am at the Yamnuska Office & Local Climbing Area

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda and issue gear
  • Introduction to hazard evaluation and risk management at the crag
  • Introduce climbing equipment (proper fit and strengths)
  • Learn and practice the basics of movement on rock (bouldering)
  • Introduction to the ‘Top Rope’ climbing system
  • Learn to tie-in to the climbing rope
  • Practice the ‘Top Rope’ belay and lowering system - establish proper techniques and habits
  • Learn Climbing communication
  • Introduction to rope care and management
  • Continued movement skills training and development while climbing routes

Day 2: At Local Climbing Area

  • Local crag hazard evaluation and risk management
  • Learn and practice intermediate movement skills on rock (bouldering)
  • Instruction and practice rappelling
  • Consolidate ‘Top Roping’ skills
  • Introduction to ‘Lead’ belaying
  • Introduction to the ‘multi pitch’ system
  • Introduction to the basics of ‘Traditional’ gear placement and removal/li>
  • Continued movement skills training and development while climbing routes
  • Debrief and instruction for further progressions for rock climbing

Rock Climbing Locations

We use a variety of locations on this program. These include the Yamnuska "Practice Cliffs", Zygote Buttress near Exshaw, Wasootch Creek in Kananaskis Country, Rundle Rock at Banff or, one of our favorites, " Back of the Lake" at Lake Louise. They are all great beginner rock climbing areas in beautiful mountain locations.

'Plus Days'

Stay for an extra day and put your new skills into practice on a classic Canadian Rockies multi-pitch climb. The instructor to student ratio is 1:2. We divide into compatible teams, choose a suitable 'multi-pitch' route (several rope lengths in height) and spend the whole day climbing it. Climbs include routes on Mt. Yamnuska, Kid Goat Buttress, Tunnel Mountain and Cascade. $275 plus GST. Available every Monday following 'Outdoor Rock Intro'.

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