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$325 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.

Upgrade to Rock Evolution

Upgrade to Rock Evolution for an extra $620. Includes: Outdoor Rock Intro, the "Plus" day and 2 further instructional climbing days. Detail

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 Transition' course.

More climbing!

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

Outdoor Rock Intro

Rock climbing is a fun sport and our course is a great way to get started. As the foundation for many other types of climbing, learning to rock climb properly is very important. And where better to learn than the Canadian Rockies! The Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise offer endless climbing opportunities for complete beginners.

Our beginner rock climbing course is designed for those who have never climbed before or who have done some gym climbing. In this course you will learn basic safety and top rope techniques for rock climbing outdoors. You will be taught and coached by our very talented certified guides delivering our well established curriculum. You will also be introduced to the skills necessary to second on both sport and 'trad' climbs.

Modern climbing instruction focuses on training in movement techniques. Developing these skills early on means you will find climbing much more rewarding. The rope techniques taught are those you need to be able to get started in the sport and allow you to practice your climbing skills safely. On later courses you can learn more advanced techniques but for now we focus on the basics.

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

Course Agenda

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

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda.
  • Issue gear and instruct on correct harness use.
  • Introduce movement on rock
  • Review tie-in knots, introduce basic belay systems and belay calls
  • Rappelling & lowering.
  • Coached movement skill training on 'top-roped' climbs.

Sunday: At Local Climbing Area

  • Warm up & bouldering.
  • Review belay systems.
  • More climbs. Different movement skills are introduced and with careful coaching you will be surprised at what you will find yourself climbing.
  • Introduction to seconding sport and 'trad' climbs. Especially if going on to the 'Plus Day' you will need to be able to remove the gear the instructor places on lead. You will also learn to belay a lead climber.
  • Debrief and wrap-up by 5:00pm.

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. $265 plus GST. Available every Monday following 'Outdoor Rock Intro'.

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