Squamish Trad-Rock Climbing Course

Squamish Rock Climbing is famous for a good reason. The walls of Stawamus Chief Mountain boast some of the best granite climbing in Canada, featuring anything from confidence inspiring single pitch sport routes to enormous multi-pitch crack routes. Our 3-day rock climbing course in Squamish is an intermediate course designed to introduce you to the craft of multi-pitch climbing using traditional gear.

$850.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Very good physical condition and some prior lead climbing experience in a sport climbing environment.

  • Category: Rock
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 2:1,4:2

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Squamish Rock Climbing is famous for a good reason. The walls of Stawamus Chief Mountain boast some of the best granite climbing in Canada, featuring anything from confidence inspiring single pitch sport routes to enormous multi-pitch crack routes. Our 3-day rock climbing course in Squamish is designed to introduce you to the craft of multi-pitch climbing using traditional gear.


If you feel comfortable following trad routes up to 5.8, want to begin or continue learning to lead trad, and you want exposure to climbing multi-pitch traditional routes, then this is the right course for you.  




Course Itinerary


Day 1: We will spend the day near the town bluffs to re-familiarize ourselves with the principles of lead climbing in a sport climbing environment. We will spend the night in the local campground or a hotel of your choice (not included in the trip).


Day 2: A very careful and systematic approach to leading, anchor building and lead swapping will be the main topics of this day along with tips for further improvement to crack cimbing technique.


Day 3: Our instruction will culminate in climbing of one of the classic multi-pitch routes in this fantastic area. Depending on the mood and/or skill of the participants, we could be climbing the classic "Diedre" (5.7, 7 pitches) or even the "Angel's Crest (5.10, 14 pitches)



Course Curriculum
1. Traditional Gear
• Selecting trad gear
• Racking trad gear on your harness
• Principles of gear placement
2. Anchors and Belay Techniques
• Static and dynamic belays while climbing trad
• Equalized anchors
• Self equalizing anchors
3. Leading on Trad Gear
• Mock leading on trad gear
• Falling into your gear
• Leading on trad gear
4. Multi-pitch Climbing and Station Management
• Building a hanging belay
• Multi pitch climbing on trad gear
• Belay station management
5. Rock Rescue Skills
• Escaping the belay
• Basic rock rescue
• Knot pass

Trad Rock Equipment List


Clothing



  • T Shirt - midweight or lightweight

  • Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece, Jacket - only one of these is necessary

  • Comfortable Pants to Climb In

  • Shorts - if weather permits; longer shorts are better

  • Warm Hat

  • Sun Hat - baseball type or visor


 Personal Gear



  • Pack – 25 to 30 liter for approach and a smaller rock climbing pack for a multi-pitch route

  • Approach shoes

  • Rock Shoes - comfortable for all day climbing

  • Chalk Bag with Chalk

  • Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters

  • Sack Lunch

  • Snacks for the day

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof

  • Lip Balm - SPF 15+

  • Car camping gear if we decide to car camp (sleeping bag and pad)

  • Athletic tap or crack climbing gloves


Technical Gear



  • Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved only

  • Climbing Harness

  • Belay Device - any type

  • Locking Biners (3) - (1) large HMS style and (2) regular lockers

  • Non-Locking Biners (4) - any type, we prefer wire gates

  • Daisy Chain - nylon or spectra

  • Cordelette (1) - 7 mm diameter, 18 to 24 feet in length

  • Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single, 1 double


Optional Items *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate



  • Any Trad Gear - cams, nuts, hexes, etc.

  • Belay Gloves

  • Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works


 Group Gear Provided By PGS



  • Technical Group Gear (Ropes and Trad gear)

  • Group 1st Aid Kit

  • Tents, Stoves and fuel if needed


     

Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.