Summer Navigation Skills

Where are you going?

Everything you need to know to be confidently tackling a wide range of climbing objectives anywhere in the world.  This 4 days course is designed to take a new climbing with limited or no outdoor experience through top rope anchors, sport climbing, trad climbing, multi-pitch skills and finally rock rescue in a safe progressive manner.

The Goods

Length: 2 days

Locations: Squamish BC,

Meeting point: Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: None!

Highlight skills: Belay change overs, multi-pitch anchors, multi-pitch rappels, belay methods.

Season: Scheduled dates all summer

Max Guide to Guest Ratio: 4:1 guest to guide

Price: $590


What you will learn

The topics covered in the rock evolution course are designed to take participants from zero experience to be able to confidently tackle multi-pitch traditionally protected gear and sport climbs, as well as perform simple rock rescue.

Day 1 – Top Rope + Sport Climbing

  • Route selections macro and micro
  • Crag hazard recognition and mitigation
  • Bolt evaluation
  • Threading anchor for rappel
  • Safe rappelling
  • Setting up a top rope anchor system

Day 2 – Traditional Gear Climbing

  • Protection placement and assessment (cams, nuts)
  • Anchor Systems
  • Safe retreating
  • Lead tactics
  • Supervised practice

Day 3 – Multi Pitch Climbing

  • Advanced anchor building
  • Different methods of top down belays
  • Belay management
  • Efficiency: climbing and change overs
  • Multi-pitch rappelling
  • Supervised multi-pitch climb

Day 4 – Rock Rescue

  • Escape belayHaul: 3:1, 6:1, Block and tackle
  • Lower: redirect, munter, knot pass
  • Counterbalance rappel, Tram
  • Improvised rappel anchors/system

I want to say a big thank you to the Altus team for enabling my future multi-pitch adventures, I feel really good about how today's course has prepared me for the big leagues 🙂

- Mark T

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

If you have logged some time in the climbing gym and are ready to catapult your climbing skill to be a full fledged outdoor rock climber this is for you!

  • No previous outdoor rock climbing experience
  • Have top roped 5.6 as a minimum (in the gym)
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 3 hours
  • Can hike 1 hour in gentle uphill terrain
  • Likes being outside

2018 Courses

May 24 - 27 $590 / person

June 4 - 7 $590 / person

July 8 - 11 $590 / person

August 14 - 17 $590 / person

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


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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.