Sport Climbing Course

Clipping Bolts and Crushing Rocks

Regardless of what type of climber you want to become: gym leader or trad leader, a background in Sport Climbing will give you the confidence to push above your protection and crank on steep routes.  The strength and technique gained in Sport Climbing will spill over into other objectives.  This is where we really start to see participants' ability to climb on their own outdoor expand.

Our Sport Climbing course introduces climbers to lead climbing on single pitch sport climbs.  Safe leading technique, lead belaying, clipping techniques and anchor building are covered to set our participants up with the skills and confidence to climb sport routes everywhere.

The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Locations: Squamish, BC.

Meeting Point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Previous indoor or outdoor climbing and an 'Intro to Rock Climbing' course.

Highlight Skills: Sport leading, cleaning bolted anchors, falling and catching a fall.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $150

Scheduled Courses - 2019

April 7 $150 / person

April 21 $150 / person

May 5 $150 / person

May 19 $150 / person

June 9 $150 / person

June 30 $150 / person

July 9 $150 / person

Ladies Only Course

July 14 $150 / person

July 24 $128 / person

Midweek Course

July 28 $150 / person

August 10 $150 / person

Ladies Only Course

August 11 $150 / person

August 20 $128 / person

Midweek Course

August 25 $150 / person

September 8 $150 / person

Custom Dates on Demand


Warm Up Session

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Squamish Accomodation

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

9 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
  • 1 full day 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

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer:

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement


Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided. Reasons for Altus canceling a trip include, but are not limited to: unsafe conditions, guide injury, and/or guide illness.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location


  • Insurance is free in entire country


  • Private insurance is recommended


  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.

What You Will Learn

Our goal of the Sport Climbing course covers not only with the technical skills to safely approach a wide range of sport climbing areas and routes, but also the soft skills so participants can push their own climbing levels.  Participants should leave this course ready to tackle common sport climbing areas on their own.

  • Identifying Suitable Climbing Areas for Skill Level
  • Assessing Anchors and Protection Bolts.
  • Safe Leading + Safe Belaying
  • How to Fall
  • Cleaning Sport Anchors
  • Rappelling + Retreating

I contacted five companies about setting up a custom mountaineering trip and Altus immediately got back to me with all sorts of helpful, informative details. They were much easier and better to work with than all the other companies.

- Michele G

I felt safe and secure, and I learned a ton. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company - 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

Previous experience top rope climbing, and/or indoor lead climbing will serve as a stepping stone for the Sport Climbing course.

  • Moderate Previous Gym Experiences. Previous Gym Leading is Not Required.
  • Climb 5.8
  • Proficiency with Belaying
  • Use of ATC and or Gri-Gri Device
  • Proficiency with Climbing Knots and Gear

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.