Traditional Climbing Course

Online / Offline Version

Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic we have adjusted our delivery of Rock and Mountain courses to reduce the chance of physical contact of gear and individuals. As well as limiting any groups of individuals outside of the pre-establish circles.


We are excited to offer all the content covered in our normal courses in a blending online/offline format.

Step 1: Online course - All normal content for the course is delivered online through presentations and videos. Learn more

Step 2: Schedule a time to chat or video chat with your guide. 20-minute session.

Step 3: Schedule an outdoor session with your guide. This will be 1:1 ratio to minimize exposure. Households or those confident about their partner this may be adjusted to 2:1. 2-hour session.

*Full day outdoor private courses are available to households or established groups - Learn more 


The Goods

Length: Online + 20 chat + 2 hour field session

Locations: Online + Squamish, BC.

Meeting point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Climb 5.8, an understanding of top rope anchors and proficiency belaying, previous lead experience recommended but not required

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

Season: All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1*

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

The Online Course

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.

• 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

• Previous Lead Climbing Experience (recommended, but not required)

Learn more

Chat with your instructor

After you have worked through the online course schedule a session to chat with your instructor. Here you can ask your instructor any questions you might have from the session of the online course as well as what you will need to do to prepare for your 1:1 in-field session.

  • Zoom video call
  • Phone call
  • Text messaging
  • Webchat
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The Field Session

Time to take it to the rock!

Now that you have worked thought all the skills online, as well as refined your learning through chatting with your instructor you will have the time to put it all to practice in the field on the real rock! This outdoor session will run for 2 hours at a maximum of 2:1 ratio assuming the same household otherwise 1:1.

  • 2 hours in the field
  • 1:1 ratio
  • Available location: Squamish, Vancouver, Whistler

Schedule a Courses - 2020

Available any date June 1 - October 15, 2020

8:00 - 10:00 am $159 / person

10:00 - 12:00 am $159 / person

12:00 - 14:00 am $159 / person

14:00 - 16:00 am $159 / person

16:00 - 18:00 am $159 / person

18:00 - 20:00 am $159 / person


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Did two climbing courses with Altus and both were great! Very skilled and experienced instructors who knew how to pass on their knowledge and let you learn hands on. I can fully recommend Altus for any outdoor course or trip!

- Tim P

Tucker catered the course to our experience levels and I felt that every step was helpful and built upon the previous skill. There was loads of practice time, climb time, and I finished the course feeling confident that I could practice those skills on my own/with friends.

- Alex W

What's Included
  • Online course
  • 20-minute online chat with the instructor
  • 2 hours of in field 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

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancelation and weather policies, as well as FAQ may be found here.

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.