Learn How to Multi-Pitch!

Level 3 Rock will give you the skills to climb multi-pitch routes. Building on Level 2 Rock, your guide will teach you multi-pitch systems and efficiencies. On day 2, participants will plan and lead a multi-pitch!

We also offer a 1 day course for climbers with previous experience. The 1 day course is a good refresher to open the season or for those that want to improve their efficiencies and skills. Rescue Rock is an excellent companion course to compliment Level 3 Rock. Receive 20% off if booked together.   

Itinerary

Courses are in Squamish from 8am - 4pm each day. Meet a the Squamish Adventure Centre at 8am to sign waivers and check equipment. Plan to be back at 4pm when your guide will give you a plan and meeting spot for day two.

8am - 4pm

 

Pre-requisites

Trad lead climbing experience or Level 2 Rock and practice. Climbing 5.6 - 5.7 cracks and slab.

 

Questions? 

Goals

Day 1

  • Safety systems and protocols, multi-pitch hazards, mitigating risk.
  • Weather and planning. Route options.
  • Equipment strength, multi-pitch forces, fall factor.
  • Review lead belaying and communication.
  • Trad gear placement, multidirectional belay anchors.
  • Route finding and topos. 
  • Multi-pitch theory: racking up, what to carry, packs, choosing rope(s), timing, descent or retreat options.
  • Strategies for leading out on hanging belays, first piece.
  • Station management, belay transitions (lap coils, flipping the pile).
  • Multi-pitch rappelling on 2 ropes, PAS's, rap anchors, fireman brake.

Day 2

  • A 2nd guide will join (1:2 ratio). Participants climb a Squamish multi-pitch.
  • Participants plan a multi-pitch assignment with coaching. 
  • Weather, route options, approach, timing, descent/retreat options, gear choice.
  • Risk management and decision making skills tested with coaching.
  • Route finding developed, multi-pitch efficiencies found. 
  • Bolt ladders, French free for wet or hard pitches.
  • Next steps: discuss self-directed practice and Rescue Rock (receive 20% off sequential courses/guiding).

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

 

Ratio

Day 1
1:4 (minimum 2)

Day 2
1:2

guide : participants

 

Fee

$169 +GST (1 day intensive)*
$329 +GST (2 days)

$25 +GST transportation

Note: Vancouver -> Squamish
Pick-up at Seabus or major transportation terminus in Vancouver.

Dates

April 29, 30* - FINISHED

May 27, 28* - FINISHED

June 24, 25* - FINISHED

July 29, 30* - OPEN

Aug 26, 27* - OPEN

* = 1 day intensive

Note: Contact us for other dates and larger groups!

 

Equipment

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  • Harness,
  • Helmet (climbing) 
  • Belay device (ATC Guide)
  • Chalk bag
  • Rock shoes (comfortable)
  • 5 locking carabiners (pear shape)
  • 2 x Double length sling (120cm)
  • Cordelette (5m x 7mm cord)
  • 6 x Quickdraws
  • 4 x Alpine Draws (60cm slings)
  • Double Rack (cams + nuts)
  • Rope 9.2-9.8mm x 70m

Note: VMG will supply equipment you do not have.


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Learn to multi-pitch climb with professional ACMG Guides. VMG will safely teach you fundamental skills that you will use on every climb!