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$355 CDN covers instruction and use of technical gear. Accommodation and meals are not included but low cost, easy options exist. Goods and Services Tax (GST) is extra. Gratuities not included.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

You need to be an active gym climber or outdoor climber, familiar with top-rope belay systems. You should be comfortable climbing 5.7.

Rock Climbing Level 2 - Learn to Lead

This is the learn to lead course! Rock 2 focuses on the skills needed to progress to becoming a confident sport climbing leader. Using the local crags of the Bow Valley we will develop the technical skills required to belay, lead and clean single pitch sport climbs. We will also help you develop your movement skills to be able to efficiently move across the rock while leading. Many rock climbers have completed their first lead on this course.

This course is designed as the next step for guests who have taken our Outdoor Rock Intro or for guests who have equivalent top roping experience either indoors or outdoors.

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. An introduction to lead belaying and the multi pitch system will be covered on this day before starting our climb.

Course Agenda

Day 1:  8:00am At Yamnuska Office & Local Sport Climbing Area

  • Welcome, introduction, goals, agenda and issue gear
  • Review of hazard evaluation and risk management at the crag
  • Review climbing equipment fit and strengths/weaknesses
  • Warm up, review and practice movement skills on rock (bouldering)
  • Tope rope belay review (technique, positioning, communication)
  • Review and expand upon anchor construction (bolts and trees)
  • Introduction to the ‘Lead Climbing’ system
  • Instruction and practice with quickdraw use (clipping bolts, direction, efficient clipping)
  • Simulated leads to practice the lead climbing system
  • Introduce anchor cleaning ('switchovers') and practice in controlled setting
  • Rappelling

Day 2:  At Local Climbing Area

  • Local crag hazard evaluation and risk management
  • Guidebook use and route selection
  • Leading techniques for sport climbs
  • Refine clipping technique
  • Managing high first bolts (stick clipping)
  • Simulated or real leads (dependent on both you and your guides comfort level)
  • Anchor cleaning and anchor threading ('switchovers') practice at height
  • Continued movement coaching
  • Debrief and instruction for further progressions for rock climbing

'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 'Learn to Lead'.