Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - Rock Climbing in Alberta's Rocky Mountains

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Canmore, AB
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Advanced Rock Climbing Course - Sport & Trad climbing, multipitch climbing, self rescue...

If you want to take your rock skills beyond the basics of sport climbing, then this course is the perfect way to become a safe & efficient climber on all types of rock routes! Very small group sizes (max 4) allows us to provide personalized instruction that matches your skill and ambition level and provides a highly enjoyable week for all. During the course everyone will have lots of opportunities to lead sport, trad, and multipitch climbs!

Leading on gear during a trad climbing course in Lake Louise, Alberta

Dates 2021:
  • July 12-16th (FULL)
Cost: $1095 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 4
Meeting Spot & Time: 8:00am in Canmore (details will be sent out upon registration)
Custom Dates: Available May - October for groups of 1 to 12. Inquire for pricing.
To Register:
  • A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to book your spot on this course. E-mail us ( and we will provide you with an electronic invoice which can be paid by credit card, e-transfer, cheque, or PayPal.
  • Remainder is due 4 weeks before course and can be paid using the same methods.
Prerequisites: Must have the ability to lead single-pitch sport climbs, build & clean bolted anchors, and climb at least 5.9 on top-rope. If you have done a bit of previous climbing or are a strong gym climber but are not comfortable leading sport climbs & cleaning anchors, our two day Sport Climbing Courses or a custom day of training would be a great way to get up to speed! If you have little or no previous rock climbing experience then our Intro Rock Weekend and Rock Skills Course combo may be a better choice. Please feel free to get in touch if you are unsure about your experience level.
Learning to multipitch climb in the Bow Valley


Taking into acount the groups skill levels & daily weather the guide will strive to make the course as useful and enjoyable as possible for all participants. The small group size allows for great flexibility and the exact agenda will vary. However, the following sample outline will give you a reasonable idea of what to expect throughout the week.

Day 1 - We will jump right into the climbing while reviewing the basics of sport climbing and anchor building to make sure everyone is safe and up to speed! We will progress into more advanced anchor building & ropework skills as the day goes on.

Day 2 - On the second day we will move onto climbing & building anchors with traditional gear such as nuts & cams. For those who feel ready, there will be opportunities to do some leading on gear. We will also practice other important safety skills like how to retreat off a climb that you can't complete, a variety of rappelling scenarios, and some basic self rescue.

Day 3 - We will continue to work on the skills from the first two days, and introduce some new ones for multipitch climbing & buddy rescue. As with all the other days, we will of course do tons of climbing!

Day 4 - Multipitching! We will spend the day climbing a multipitch route with chances for everyone to do some leading. If possible we will also descend the route with multiple rappels. This day will really put all the new skills to use and will be a memorable experience!

Day 5 - Group choice day. Instead of sticking to a predetermined plan, we will work together to decide what will be the most useful and enjoyable way to spend the day. This could include more multipitch climbing, more trad climbing, trying harder routes on top-rope, or a combination of many of these things!

Optional Day 6 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a day of guided multipitch climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people for the chance to climb a longer & more challenging route. On the day after the course, this is offered at the discounted rate of $450 for 1 person, or $225 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the[rock] page for more information on guided ascents.

Climbing as a team of three on a rock climb near Canmore, AB

Gear List

Group gear such as ropes, carabiners, and cams will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides, although feel free to bring any of your own gear that you want to use. Use of all personal climbing gear can also be provided at no extra charge.
  • Small Pack (30 or so litres)
  • Rock Climbing Shoes
  • Harness - available for loan
  • Helmet - available for loan
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
Rock Climbing Skills Courses in Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG) - - Canmore, Alberta, Canada