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

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Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Sport Leading Rock Climbing Course

The focus of this course is on learning to lead bolt protected sport climbs. This is not as scary as you may think and our professional instruction will help you learn to sport climb in a safe and enjoyable manner! If you have tried some rock climbing and want to take the first step towards becoming an independent climber, this is the place to start!

Sport climbing course in the Bow Valley & Lake Louise

Dates 2021:

  • May 8-9th
  • July 17-18th (FULL)
  • Sep 18-19th
Cost: $375 + 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.
Prerequisites: At least 2 days outdoor rock climbing experience. If you have no experience consider our Intro Rock Course to get you started!
To Register:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 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.

Lead Climbing Lessons in the Bow Valley


Day 1 - After a review of basic rock climbing and belaying techniques, you will learn how to properly clip bolts, build anchors, belay a lead climber, and safely take falls. Everyone will have lots of chances to try leading, but there won't be any pressure if you aren't feeling ready.

Day 2 - As well as practicing the skills learned on day 1, you will learn how to clean anchors (ie. how to get your rope back without leaving any gear behind), and deal with unnexpected situations such as not being able to make it to the top of a climb. For those who are interested there may be the opportunity for a brief introduction to traditional gear placements as well.

Optional Day 3 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a day of multipitch climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people. On the day after the course, this is offered at the discounted rate of $450 for 1 person, $225 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the[rock] page for more information on guided ascents.

Gear List

Use of all climbing equipment is provided at no extra charge. However, feel free to bring your own gear if you have it! Rental and purchase information for clothing & personal items can be found here.
  • Small Pack (20 + litres) - available for loan
  • Rock shoes - available for loan
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
Learn to lead bolted sport climbs in Alberta's Rocky Mountains
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG) - - Canmore, Alberta, Canada