Join the Canmore Climbing Gym and Yamnuska Mountain Adventures as they team up to improve your performance in the gym and on the rock. Our goal is to take your climbing to the next level while training and climbing with like-minded climbers. With a 2-hour gym session each week for 4 weeks we will focus on a unique movement, technique, and strength training workshops and you will walk away with a plan for continued improvement throughout the week. For one day on each weekend for the 4 weeks, we will move outdoors to the rock and spend time bouldering and sport climbing on the endless opportunities the Bow Valley has to offer. Expect to work, train, and climb hard with the support of our highly skilled staff and guides.
Canmore Climbing Gym (CCG) sessions – Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 at the CCG 6:00-8:00pm
- Meet and discuss plan for the day
- Movement/technique and strength/conditioning workshops:
- Session 1: How to structure a training plan, a training cycle, and a training day.
- Session 2: How to properly identify weaknesses and how to improve them.
- Session 3: Project-specific training based on our outdoor sessions.
- Session 4: Injury prevention and training for long-term success.
- Individual or partner/group application (taking what we learned and trying it on problems)
- Debrief on the day and talk on what to do to recover and prepare for our next session. (Inside and outside)
Outdoor bouldering and sport climbing days – Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 meet at the Yamnuska office at 8:00 am
- Meet and discuss plan for the day
- Issue group gear for the day
- Move to sport climbing or bouldering area (2 days of sport climbing, 2 days of bouldering)
- Belaying expectations
- Route selection and planning for successful sends
- Projecting with movement coaching from CCG coaches and Yam climbing guides
- Direction for future improvement of movement and technical skills
Indoor climbing sessions will be at the new Canmore Climbing Gym. Sport climbing days will be at one of the endless crags to climb in the Bow Valley and we will be looking to use the ones that are the best fit for you and the weather for the day. Bouldering areas are somewhat hidden and off the beaten path in the Rockies let us show you the goods.
Meeting Time and Place
Climbing gym sessions will be held at the Canmore Climbing Gym on September 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to check-in and complete your waiver on the first day. The CCG is located at 1404 Railway Ave, Canmore.
Outdoor sessions will meet at the Yamnuska Mountain Adventures office at 8:00 am before moving to the climbing area for the day. Outdoor days are September 5, 12, 19, and 26. The Yamnuska office is located at #200 – 50 Lincoln Park, Canmore. See this map for location.
Instructors and Group Size
Climbing gym sessions will be coached by one of the CCG coaches who have a large depth of experience in the competitive climbing world. Their personal experience and coaching skills are sure to bring you to the next level. They will also join the outdoor sessions to continue your improvement.
Yamnuska guides are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and are highly talented climbers and instructors. They are sure to add the technical and climbing skills needed to help your development as a climber.
There will be a minimum group size of 6 and a maximum of 10.
Climbers are responsible for their transport throughout the program. CCG and Yamnuska staff will be looking to carpool with participants on the outdoor climbing days.
Food is not supplied. For the outdoor days, you will need lunch, energy snacks, and plenty to drink each day. We recommend a minimum of 1 L of fluids per day, more if it is hot.
Equipment and Clothing
The weather encountered on this program can vary greatly and the list below covers all possibilities. Should sunny warm conditions be forecast some items may be unnecessary. Remember that weather can change fast so even if the day starts out sunny you may still need rain gear in the afternoon. For the gym sessions clothing that allows for free movement while climbing is needed.
Clothing and Equipment List
- Lunch, snacks, and plenty to drink
- Daypack (large enough for spare clothing, your lunch & personal and group climbing gear)
- Rain Gear (minimum jacket, pants if available)
- Clothing allowing for easy and complete range of movement
- Warm weather gear (fleece jacket, long johns, warm hat, gloves, etc.)
- Rock shoes
- Chalk bag
- Belay device with locking carabiner
- Approach or running shoes for the hike to the climbing area
- Bouldering Crash Pad (if you have one. CCG/Yamnuska will provide as well)
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. We require full payment on booking.
We ask that you familiarize yourself with our detailed booking instructions and conditions.
Risk is an inherent part of all mountain activities. We strive to manage and reduce it however, it is impossible to totally eliminate. Learn more about our safety and risk management approach here. Please note that you will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Please view our sample waiver copy.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travellers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks with the purchase of a park entry pass, however, costs such as air or ground transportation, long-term care, and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries, and other unplanned events. For these eventualities, Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical, and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure trip.
$595 CND. Non-members of the CCG have access to a 25% discounted day pass for the gym sessions. There is no additional gym costs for CCG members.
Included in the program price are instruction, coaching, and guiding, the use of group climbing gear such as ropes, anchors, draws, and crash pads. Meals, transport, personal equipment, and CCG gym pass is not included. Goods and Services Tax (GST) is extra.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Is it for you?
This program has been developed by climbers for climbers. You should be climbing at least V3 in the gym and in the 5.10 to 5.11 range outside. Our goal is to push your grade to the next level through training, coaching, and practice. While we will review best practices for belaying it is expected that you have experience both top rope belaying and lead belaying.