Foundational Skill for outdoor climbing

Foundational Skill for outdoor climbing

Cost: $185/person

Length: 1 day

Max Guide/client ratio: 1:4

Instructor Quals: ACMG Rock Guide

Location: Squamish 

When: Various times click "book now" below for dates

Self sufficient asset!

This course teaches you the foundational skills required for outdoor rock climbing. It's been designed to provide you with two key elements, the ability to be a self sufficient outdoor top rope climber and to be an asset to more experienced climbers, instead of relying on them. We do this so you can get out with more experienced climbers and climb, pretty simple. To be an asset to other climbers you must know how to lead belaying & "clean" a top rope anchor while on belay. This is not an “intro to climbing course”, and assumes participants have climbed inside, with minimal to some outside climbing experience. You may have a vague understanding of climbing systems although rely heavily on more experienced climbers.

Cost: $185/person

Length: 1 day

Max Guide/client ratio: 1:4

Instructor Quals: ACMG Rock Guide

Location: Squamish 

When: Various times click "book now" below for dates

Distance of a fall matters

Lead belaying effectively is a critical job - the difference between a good lead belay and a poor one can be the difference between a sprained ankle or nothing at all.

You will lean:

- Outdoor crag use - hazards awareness & mitigation

The top rope climbing System:

- How to safely set it up

- Common climbing anchor configurations

- Climbing equipment strength & proper use

- Common belay devices & their benefits 

- Repelling with a back up.

Lead belaying & anchor “cleaning”

- Safe techniques for belaying a lead climber

- Catching a fall

- Use of common devices for lead belaying

- Cleaning the anchor while on top rope

What’s included?

- High quality instruction from an ACMG Rock climbing Guide (Expert)    with 10 years of guiding experience, not an apprentice Rock guide, 

- Phone conversation with each participant prior to course start 

- Semi flexible course content depending on participant knowledge  

- All climbing equipment except shoes

- Rain Day Guarantee - no guiding during the rain!!

What’s not included?

- Climbing shoes

- Transportation to crag location

What should I bring?

- Water & food for the day

- Climbing shoes

- Note pad or phone for notes & photos

If you have your own (this is not required) bring the following:

- Helmet

- Harness

- Belay devices all types you may have

- Any anchor building equipment 

- Other equipment you may have 


COVID and Rock Guiding

Just like other areas of our lives, we can mitigate the spread of the virus with the use of masks. 

Masks are required when we are in close proximity for example an instruction situation or at a multi pitch station. Because we are not in a confined space and we have the benefit of fresh air and the great outdoors we can remove our masks once the 2m proximity rule has been passed. This means climbing without a mask although having it in close for when doing partner checks, for example, or any other close proximity situations occurs. Please see our extensive COVID risk management plan on the About page, in the main menu. 

Do I need to sign a waiver?

All participants must read, understand, and sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement. Those under the age of 19 years must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign their waiver. Medical conditions that may affect your or other participants’ safety must be declared during the reservation process. The participation of any person in any program at any time is always subject to the discretion of OneLife Adventures and its guides. Please click on the waiver button below to read. An electronic wavier will be sent to you once your booking is complete.