Rack up and tie into the sharp end!



Courses are in Squamish from 8am - 4pm. Meet at 8am at the Squamish Adventure Centre to sign waivers and check equipment. Plan to be back at the cars at 4pm.

8am - 4pm



(CLICK above) harness, helmet, belay device, chalk bag, rock shoes, 2 locking carabiners, double length sling (60cm), cordelette (5m x 7mm cord), 2 non-locking carabiners



Day 1

  • Safety systems and protocols, and risk management on lead.
  • Equipment strength, forces encountered leading, fall factors.
  • Place and assess trad gear (cams, nuts)
  • Tricks for cleaning gear, seconding a pitch, and using a nut tool.
  • Safe communication and terminology.
  • Multidirectional 3 and 4 point anchors. IDEALS acronym. Anchors in series and parallel.
  • Strategies for lead climbing and placing gear, protecting the second.
  • Mock leads with top-rope or real leads depending on participants.  

Day 2

  • Focus on solid skills, mock or real lead climb with coaching.
  • Rappelling, prusik back-up, knots in the ends.
  • Tying 2 ropes together, strategies to throw ropes or basket coil.
  • Intro to French free, bolt ladders, and self-rescue.
  • Next steps: discuss self-directed practice and Level 3 Rock.

Note: Goals are flexible and can be tailored for groups.


$300 +GST (2 days)
$155 +GST (1 day**)



April 22, 23 - 3 SPOTS LEFT

May 20, 21

June 17, 18

July 22, 23

Aug 19, 20

Custom dates available, contact us!



1:4 (minimum 2)

guide : participants



Top roping outside and/or Level 1 Rock.

**Climbers with some lead experience.


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