Traditional Climbing

Skills to Use All That Really Cool Looking Gear at MEC!

Our Trad Climbing course introduces climbers to trad gear, gear placement, gear anchors and leading strategies. The morning is spent practicing gear placements/gear anchors, and the afternoon is spent practicing top-roped leads and ultimately supervised leads.

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

Traditional climbing - or trad climbing as it's more commonly known - is the craft of placing protection gear up climbing routes. Whether that's climbing big walls, alpine objectives or multi-pitch routes up the Stawamus Chief, the ability to trad climb provides climbers with access to mountains all over the world.

In addition to our field day, all students will have access to our online course too, so you can study before and after you head out into the field. Students can also join our top-up clinics running throughout the season. Simply book your clinic on one of our scheduled dates, and get yourself back on the rock to put your skills into practice!

Save 10% when this course is combined with Multi-Pitch Climbing over the same weekend.

The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Locations: 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

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

Season: Scheduled dates all summer.

Extras: Access to online course and top-up clinics throughout the season

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Price: $189

Scheduled Courses - 2022

May 21 $189 / person

June 4 $189 / person

June 18 $189 / person

June 22 $159 / person


July 2 $189 / person

July 13 $159 / person

Midweek Course

July 16 $189 / person

July 26 $159 / person


July 30 $189 / person

August 11 $159 / person

Midweek Course

August 13 $189 / person

August 24 $159 / person

Midweek Course

August 27 $189 / person

September 10 $189 / person

Custom Dates on Demand


Warm Up Session

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Flexible Cancelation Pricing $22.70

Cancel anytime for a full refund

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

Fantastic mountain guides whom I would come back to anytime. My experience with Altus has been on three different occasions: ice climbing, ski touring and mountaineering, and each time had an awesome adventure. Their guides are extremely knowledgeable, inspiring, thorough, and able to cater to individuals' preferences and needs.

- Dora V

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

Is This for You?

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)

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.