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$945 CDN includes 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.

Cancellation Insurance available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

This course is designed for:

  • Basic & Intermediate level indoor rock gym climbers (you can top rope lower grade climbs < 5.9, you are not leading climbs).
  • People who have not climbed before or who have a little outdoor climbing experience but who are in good physical shape.

If you are an indoor climber and climb 5.9 and greater and you are leading or feel ready to lead you should consider our 'Rock Transition' course or if it's multi-pitch climbing you want then 'Hot Rock'.

Rock Evolution

Rock Evolution is an innovative and modern climbing development program designed for fit beginners and for basic and intermediate indoor climbers. From our office in Canmore, Alberta we use the variety of rock climbing venues in Canmore, Banff, Kananaskis and Lake Louise to deliver our course curriculum.

This 5-day course incorporates elements from all of Yamnuska's rock programs, starting with the basics and progressing onto multi-pitch climbs, gear placement, rope handling techniques, and lots of personal movement skill coaching.  Our program is designed to accelerate the learning curve with a focused program on all aspects of proper rock climbing technique. Rock climbing movement skills are typically used as a base for all other types of technical climbing.

The course is taught by technically gifted instructors who are also skilled coaches. Our personal approach to instruction allows for each participant to develop at their pace.

Course Agenda

Please note that this outline is a sample only as we may change locations and alter the progression of subjects to best adapt to weather conditions and student abilities.

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

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

Day 2:  At Local Climbing Area

  • Bouldering warm up
  • Review belay systems for lead climbing
  • Securing oneself to an anchor
  • More climbs. Different movement skills are introduced and with careful coaching you will be surprised at what you find yourself climbing.
  • Introduction to seconding sport and 'trad' climbs.

Day 3:  At a Multi-Pitch Climbing Location

  • This will be an instructor led multi-pitch climb. The real thing! Ascend a rock face in the Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise areas.  We divide into compatible teams of 2 climbers, choose a suitably challenging route and spend the whole day climbing.

Day 4:  At Local Climbing Area

  • Climbing warm-up
  • Gear placements. Learn to place natural protection (camming devices, nuts, hexes etc)
  • Belay anchor building
  • Bolt clipping on lead
  • 'Switchovers' on sport climbs
  • Simulated leads

Day 5:  At Local Climbing Area

  • Review climbing skills. Put all your new knowledge to the test. Challenge yourself on harder climbs.
  • Course evaluation and wrap-up by 5:00 pm.


The Bow Valley is blessed with varied rock and lots of different climbing crags. Expect to climb on sandstone at Mt. Yamnuska Practice cliff, Limestone slabs at Wasootch Creek, quartzite at Lake Louise (one of Canada's greatest climbing cliffs) and at one or more of many other locations such as Grassi Lakes, Cougar Creek, Heart Creek, Kid Goat, East End of Rundle or Mt. Yamnuska. We will be based in Canmore but will travel each day to get the most from the variety of climbing available in the area. Your instructors are very familiar with rock climbs in the Bow Valley.

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