Challenge the Chief

Zero to hero

Think you have the muscle to climb the Squamish Chief?  Prove it! Over two days we will train you with the rock climbing skills to attempt a summit of the Chief via the main face climbing route: The Squamish Buttress.  If you are successful you will be entered into a draw for a crack at an Alpine Summit attempt and climbing gear to get you started on your own personal climbing journey.

Day 1
Introduction to Rock Climbing Skills and Techniques in the Squamish Smoke Bluffs Park.

Day 2
The Chief!  With an early start, we head up the Squamish Buttress route.

1100 ft of technical rock climbing to a 5.10 grade.

The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Squamish, BC.

Meeting Point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: None!

Highlight Skills: Belay changeovers, multi-pitch anchors, multi-pitch rappels and belay methods.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $395





What You Will Learn


Learn the skills, techniques & movements to follow a multi-pitch route up the Chief via the Squamish Buttress.









Day 1 – Rock skills + Seconding trad route

  • Movement Skills
  • Top Rope Practice
  • Understanding How to Remove Gear
  • Belay Changeovers
  • Belay Practice

Day 2 – Climbing the Chief 

  • 8:00 Start
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Summit
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Return to Vehicles

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 previous experience top-rope climbing and are ready to catapult your climbing skills & experience into becoming a fully-fledged rock climber- this is for you!

  • Have Top Roped a Minimum 5.6 -in the Gym
  • Fitness to Move for a Minimum of 3 Hours
  • Can Hike 3 Hours in Gentle Uphill Terrain
  • Likes being outside

Scheduled Courses - 2021

May 15-16 $395 / person

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

June 12-13 $395 / person

July 10-11 $395 / person

August 14-15 $395 / person

Custom Dates on Demand


Warm Up Session
Squamish Accommodation


8:30 am - Meet and greet at the Squamish Adventure Center

9:00 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.

4:30 pm - Back to the cars for debriefing and more high fives

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

Please come prepared to spend the whole day 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 (sweatshirt, lightweight down jacket)
  • Rain/wind jacket (gore-tex)
  • Warm hat (for colder days)
  • Small backpack (30 litres)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
  • Water, 1 litre
  • 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

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! All the information you need about booking, payment, cancellation and weather policies can be found in our cancellation policy and FAQs.

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.