Intro Rock 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 + 30 chat + 2 hour field session

Locations: Online + Squamish, BC.

Meeting point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: No experience needed!

Skills Learned: Useful knots, top rope anchors, belay techniques, route selection, crag hazard management and what the word 'crag' means.

Season: All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1*

Price: $135

What You Will Learn

Participants will practice using a top rope anchor system, the foundational skills of outdoor climbing, under direct supervision of the Guide in a supportive environment.

Skills covered on this single day course:

  • Route Selections- Macro and Micro
  • Crag Hazard Recognition and Mitigation
  • Gear Selection
  • Bolt Evaluation
  • Setting Up a Top Rope
  • Safe Rappelling

The Online Course

This course is designed for individuals who have some minor experience with rock climbing and wish to be able to do simple top-rope climbing outdoors. This is the first step to becoming an outdoor rock climber.  Delivered through a mix of recorded presentations and video highlighting all our topics. The normal run time is 2 - 3 hours.

  • Gear
  • Intro to climbing knots
  • Top rope anchors
  • Setting up the rope
  • Rappelling
  • Belaying

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 $135 / person

10:00 - 12:00 am $135 / person

12:00 - 14:00 am $135 / person

14:00 - 16:00 am $135 / person

16:00 - 18:00 am $135 / person

18:00 - 20:00 am $135 / 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

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.