Sport Climbing Course
Clipping Bolts and Crushing Rocks
Regardless of what type of climber you want to become: gym leader or trad, a background in sport climbing will give you the confidence to push above your protection, crank on steep routes. The strength and technique gained in sport climbing will spill over into other objectives. This is where we really start to see participants' ability to climb on their own outdoor to expand.
Our Sport Climbing course introduces climbers to lead climbing on single pitch sport climbs. Safe leading technique, lead belaying, clipping techniques and anchor building are covered to set our participants up with the skills and confidence to climb sport routes everywhere.
Length: 1 Day
Locations: Squamish, BC.
Meeting point: The Squamish Adventure Centre
Prerequisites: Previous indoor or outdoor climbing and the 'Intro to Rock Climbing' course.
Highlight Skills: Sport leading, cleaning bolted anchors, falling and catching a fall.
Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer
Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1 Guest to Guide
What You Will Learn
Our goals are to have participants feeling not only confident on the technical skills to safely approach a wide range of sport climbing areas and routes but the soft skills to push their own climbing levels. Participants should leave feeling ready to tackle common sport climbing areas on their own.
- Identifying suitable climbing areas for skill level
- Assessing anchors and protection bolts.
- Safe leading + Safe belaying
- How to fall
- Cleaning sport anchors
- Rappelling + Retreating
I contacted five companies about setting up a custom mountaineering trip and Altus immediately got back to me with all sorts of helpful, informative details. They were much easier and better to work with than all the other companies.
- Michele G
I felt safe and secure, and I learned a ton. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company - it doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!
- Nigel B
Is This for You
This goal of this course is to get climbers comfortable and prepared for outdoor bolt protected lead climbing. Having previous experience top rope climbing, and/or lead climbing indoors, will serve as a stepping stone into this course.
- Moderate previous gym experiences. Previous gym leading is not required.
- Climb 5.8
- Proficiency with belaying
- Use of ATC and or Gri-Gri device
- Proficiency with climbing knots and gear
Scheduled Courses - 2018
2018 Dates Coming Soon
Custom Dates on Demand
8:00 am - Meet and greet at the Squamish Adventure Center
8:30 am - Travel to Smoke Bluff park and head out to the crag (two-minute drive, ten-minute hike)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Climbing, learning, and high fives.
4:00 pm - Back to the cars for debriefing and more high fives
- 4 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
- All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
- Transportation to and from meeting point
Please come prepared to spend the whole days outside in all types of weather. It can be anything from cold in the morning as you will be climbing in the shade to very hot in the sun!
- Full pants or Capris.
- T-shirt or long sleeve
- Warm jacket (sweat shirt, lightweight down jacket)
- Rain/wind jacket (gore-tex)
- Warm hat (for colder days)
- Small back pack (30 litres)
- Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
- Water, 1 liter
- Harness, Helmet, Climbing shoes (let us know if you need rentals)
Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day. This is also available for purchase at the Adventure center
Making a booking
Greater than 14 days from start date
- 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days
Less than 14 days from start date
- Trip cost must be paid in full
*Subject to change based on particular trip
Forms of payment
Credit card: Visa, Mastercard
Email transfer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement
Greater than 30 days from start date
- Deposit will be refunded in full
30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement
- Deposit amount will be forfeited
Less than 14 days
- Full trip amount will be forfeited
*Subject to change based on particular trip
*All cancellations must be received in writing
Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides
Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.
Trip cancellation insurance
Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.
All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.
*The required insurance depends on location
- Insurance is free in entire country
- Private insurance is recommended
- Mountain climbing rescue is free
Switzerland, Italy, Austria
- Privates or alpine club insurance is required.
*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA
Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.
Please contact us for details and a full quote.
Still Have Questions or Concerns?
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!