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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 help organize for you. 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 Transition

The Canadian Rockies offer a lifetime of incredible climbing opportunities. While these days most of us learn to climb at indoor gyms, the real challenge and spirit of the sport still resides on the cliff sides and local crags of the great outdoors! Climbing inside allows most people to gain advanced movement skills far more quickly than used to be the case outdoors. Despite these skills however, the gym remains a controlled environment with minimal risk. Once we step onto outdoor rock the rules of the game change, especially if we'd like to progress onto traditional gear routes. To stay safe and have fun we need to revisit our safety systems and learn to apply them in a natural rock environment. This is the objective of our Rock Transitions course.

Outdoor climbing allows us to push movement, attitude and approach in a much less forgiving yet much more exhilarating arena. This program will deal with the hard skills needed for safe sport climbing: belay positioning, protection and tactics, anchors, rappelling, route cleaning and lead climbing skills. The program will also address aspects of risk and hazard evaluation, route identification and visualization of move sequences when holds are not readily apparent and have to be assessed as you climb. By the end of the weekend you will be able to set up protection on outdoor routes, evaluate potential safety hazards, and learn about some of the amazing areas for climbing in the Rockies! Come out and take your climbing to the next level!

Course Agenda

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

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda
  • Risk and Hazard assessment
  • Tope rope belay review (technique, positioning, communication)
  • Review of movement skills with practice on routes
  • Introduction to lead belaying (techniques, positioning)
  • Introduction to quickdraw use (clipping bolts, direction, efficient clipping)
  • Anchor building (bolts and trees)
  • Anchor cleaning ('switchovers')
  • Rappelling and route cleaning

Day 2:  At Local Climbing Area

  • Risk and hazard assessment
  • Leading techniques for sport climbs
  • More practice clipping
  • Mock or real lead (dependent on both your and your guides comfort level)
  • Stick clipping
  • Continued movement coaching
  • Introduction to traditional gear placement and removal
  • Debrief and wrap-up by 5:00pm

'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 'Rock Transitions'.