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

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Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Aug 2009

Advanced Rock Climbing Course - Trad climbing, gear placements, anchor building...

If you want to learn how to lead traditional gear protected rock climbs, this course is designed for you! Very small group sizes (max 4) allows us to provide personalized instruction that matches your skill and ambition level and provides a highly enjoyable weekend for all. During the course everyone will have lots of opportunities to lead trad climbs ranging from 5.3 to as hard as you like!

Anchor building during a trad climbing course in Lake Louise, Alberta

Dates 2021:
  • May 15-16th
  • July 17-18th
Cost: $375
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 20. Inquire for pricing.
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.
Prerequisites: Must have prior outdoor rock climbing experience including leading bolt protected sport climbs. If you have no lead climbing experience, consider taking our Sport Climbing Course to get you started.
Traditional Gear Climbing Course in the Bow Valley


Day 1 & 2 - On this course your guide will strive to provide each participant with instruction that is most relevant to his or her skill level. Therefore, it is impossible to provide an exact agenda, but there will be 2 full days of climbing in the Canmore, Banff & Lake Louise area. Emphasis will be on proper placement of nuts & cams, anchor building, natural anchors, and other trad climbing considerations. Topics such as multipitch skills, basic self-rescue, and use of pitons can also be practiced.

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.

Lessons on Rock Climbing Gear Placements in Banff, AB

Gear List

Group gear such as ropes, carabiners, and cams will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. Use of all personal climbing gear can also be provided at no extra charge.
  • Small Pack (20 + litres) - available for loan
  • Rock Climbing Shoes - available for loan
  • Harness - available for loan
  • Helmet - available for loan
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
Trad Climbing Skills Courses in Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG) - - Canmore, Alberta, Canada