Skills to Use All That Really Cool Looking Gear at MEC!
Traditional climbing - or trad climbing as it's popularly 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 gives climbers’ access to mountains all over the world.
Our Trad Climbing course introduces climbers to traditional gear, gear placement, gear anchors and leading strategies. The morning is spent practicing gear placements/gear anchors, and the afternoon is spent doing practice top-roped leads and ultimately supervised leads.
Free online course
In addition to our in the field course, all students will have access to our online course so you can study up before you head out into the field to retain more. Or to watch again to refresh your skills afterward.
Save 10% when this course is combined with Multi-pitch Climbing over the same weekend.
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
Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1
Scheduled Courses - 2021
April 10 $179 / person
April 24 $179 / person
May 8 $179 / person
May 22 $179 / person
June 5 $179 / person
June 19 $179 / person
June 23 $179 / person
July 3 $179 / person
July 13 $179 / person
July 17 $179 / person
July 26 $179 / person
July 31 $179 / person
August 12 $179 / person
August 14 $179 / person
August 24 $179 / person
August 28 $179 / person
September 11 $179 / person
Custom Dates on Demand
8:30 am - Meet and greet at the Squamish Adventure Center
9:00 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
- 1 full day of instruction with ACMG guide
- All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
- Transportation to and from the meeting point
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)
- Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
- Water, 1 litre
- 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
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
- 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!!!