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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. Optional 'Plus Day' $265 plus GST.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

If you're already seconding 'gear routes', leading indoor or sport climbing routes and are comfortable climbing 5.7 then this would be the perfect program for you.

Trad Rock Systems

Two-days of intensive traditional rock climbing training with an optional "Plus Day" on an advanced multi-pitch climb. This is an ideal progression from Rock Transition or Rock Evolution.

Climbing on 'gear routes' where you construct your own anchors and place your own protection is far more challenging than 'clipping' bolts. You can't afford to make mistakes as the consequences are often unacceptable. If you're already following 'gear routes', leading indoors or on sport routes and comfortable climbing 5.7 then you're ready for 'Trad Rock Systems'.

The objective of this course is to work on natural (traditional) rock protection and belay systems and introduce 'trad' lead climbing tactics on a variety of rock types.

Course Agenda

Saturday: Start 8:00am at Yamnuska Office then move to local climbing area.

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda
  • Introduction to natural  protection systems (cams, nuts, pins etc)
  • Placing natural protection
  • Building anchors

Sunday: At Local Climbing Area

  • Placing and removing natural 'pro' on top rope
  • Simulated leads
  • Setting up and assessing anchors
  • Climbs
  • Personal assessment - recognizing strengths and weaknesses, comfort zones and a plan for further practice

'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 'Trad Rock Systems'.