Traditional Climbing Course

Skills to Use All That Really Cool Looking Gear at MEC!


Traditional climbing, or trad climbing, as it is popularly known, is the craft of placing protection gear up climbing routes.  Whether it is climbing big walls, alpine objectives or multi-pitch routes up the Stawamus Chief, the ability to trad climb gives climbers’ access to mountains all over the world.  Our Trad Climbing course introduces climbers to traditional gear, gear placement, gear anchors and leading strategies.

The morning is spent practicing gear placements/ gear anchors and the afternoon is spent doing practice top roped leads and ultimately supervised leads.

The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Locations: Squamish, BC.

Meeting Point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Previous lead experience, climb 5.8, an understanding of top rope anchors and proficiency belaying.

Highlight Skills: Proper placement of cams & nuts, building trad gear anchors, lead tactics and route selection.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $159


What You Will Learn

The morning is spent practicing gear placements and making gear anchors.  The afternoon is practice top roped leads and ultimately supervised leads.

  • Understanding Required Gear
  • Excellent Gear Placements
  • Building Gear, Tree and Natural Anchors
  • Safe Leading + Safe Belaying
  • Practice Leads

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

Whether you are confident at top rope climbing or sport climbing, our single day Trad Climbing course is for intermediate to advanced climbers.  No lead climbing experience necessary!  This course is also highly recommended to climbers interested in taking our Multi-Pitch Climbing course, as trad climbing experience is required.

• Previous Lead Climbing Experience.

• Climb 5.8 Outdoors

• Proficiency with Belaying

• Top Rope and Lead with a Variety of Devices

• Proficiency with Climbing Knots and Gear

• Understanding of Climbing Anchor Principals

Scheduled Courses - 2018

March 17 $159 / person

All prices are in CAD dollar and subject to 5% sales tax

March 31 $159 / person

April 14 $159 / person

April 28 $159 / person

May 12 $159 / person

May 26 $159 / person

June 9 $159 / person

June 23 $159 / person

July 7 $159 / person

July 21 $159 / person

August 4 $159 / person

August 17 $159 / person

September 1 $159 / person

Custom Dates on Demand


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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

What's Included
  • 1 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
Gear List

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
  • Water, 1 liter
  • Food
  • 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

Booking Policy

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:

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.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation 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

Additional fees

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!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.