Climbing Course

Rock Evolution Course

Everything you need to know to confidently tackle a wide range of climbing objectives all over the world.

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All the Need to Know Rock Skills in One Tight Package

Everything you need to know to confidently tackle a wide range of climbing objectives all over the world.  Our Rock Evolution course is designed to take a new climber with limited to no outdoor experience through the evolution of rock climbing: top rope anchors, sport climbing, trad climbing, multi-pitch skills and finally rock rescue, all in a safe, progressive manner.

Meeting point: 

The Squamish Adventure Centre



Highlight Skills: 

Top Rope Anchors, Sport Climbing, Intro to Trad Climbing, Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing & Rock Rescue


4 Days




Squamish, BC


All Summer



Guest / Guide Ratio

4 to 1


  • 4 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)

Does Not Include

  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point

This 4-day course is designed for participants with zero- to minimal rock climbing experience.  Participants will cover top-rope climbing, sport climbing trad climbing and multi-pitch climbing and perform a simple rock rescue.

If you have logged some time in the climbing gym and are ready to catapult your climbing skills to become 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

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Flexible Cancelation Pricing

Cancel anytime for a full refund

2023 Dates

May 19 - 22
$590 per person + GST
June 2 - 5
$590 per person + GST
June 30 - July 3
$590 per person + GST
July 21 - 24
$590 per person + GST
July 28 - 31
$590 per person + GST
Aug 18 - 21
$590 per person + GST
Sept 5 - 8
$590 per person + GST

Four Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Top Rope + Sport Climbing

  • Route selections macro and micro
  • Crag hazard recognition and mitigation
  • Bolt evaluation
  • Threading anchor for the 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 changeovers
  • Multi-pitch rappelling
  • Supervised multi-pitch climb

Day 4 – Rock Rescue

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

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I want to say a big thank you to the Altus

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

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