Intro to Rock Climbing

The First Step to Becoming the Next Alex Honnold

An introduction to rock climbing in Squamish, BC! Our Intro to Rock Climbing course is the perfect first step for anyone curious about the gripping sport (pun intended) of outdoor rock climbing.

What’s included?

  • 1 full day out in the field with an ACMG guide
  • Access to our online course
  • Access to our top-up clinics throughout the season

This course delivers the fundamentals required to get you outdoors and climbing rock. The skills acquired on this course are the foundation of sport climbing, trad climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and beyond.

We also provide top-up clinics as part of this course, so you can continue your learning even after the course is over. All you have to do is book your slot, and get yourself back out on the rock with one of our guides!

All students will also get access to our online course, so you can study before you head out into the field and continue learning even when the field day is over.

The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Locations: 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: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Extras: Access to online course and top-up clinics

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $189

Scheduled Courses - 2021

May 15 $189 / person

May 29 $189 / person

June 12 $189 / person

June 26 $189 / person

July 6 $159 / person


July 10 $189 / person

July 19 $159 / person


July 24 $189 / person

August 5 $159 / person


August 7 $189 / person

August 17 $159 / person


August 21 $189 / person

September 4 $189 / person

Custom Dates on Demand


Warm Up Session

Contact Us

Flexible Cancelation Pricing $22.70

Cancel anytime for a full refund



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

9 am  - Travel to Smoke Bluffs park and head out to the crag (one-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
  • 1 full day of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
  • Access to our online course
  • Access to our top-up clinics throughout the season
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.

What You Will Learn

Participants will practice using a top rope anchor system, the foundational skills of outdoor climbing, under the 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

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 were 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

Is This Course For You?

This course is designed for individuals with some minor experience with rock climbing and wish to do simple top-rope climbing outdoors. This is the first step to becoming an outdoor rock climber.

  • Minor Previous Gym Experiences (a couple of times)
  • Climb Indoors at 5.4
  • Familiarity with Belaying
  • Familiarity with Climbing Knots and Gear
  • Figure 8 Knot
  • How to Put on a Harness

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.