Intro to Rock

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$330.00 / person

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Experience rock climbing in a fun and safe environment. On day one, develop your movement skills on rock, belaying, rappelling, and simple anchor building. On day two, we take it to the next level with the building of anchors using removable protection and advanced movement skills. On completion of this course you’ll feel comfortable top-rope climbing on your own.

Courses typically take place at Crest Creek Crags in Strathcona Park, or Comox Lake Crags near Cumberland. Occasionally, we also offer this at Nanaimo River or Mt. Wells.

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Mountain Skills Fly-In

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$795.00 / person

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This course is identical to our Complete Mountain Skills course, but with a helicopter to whisk you straight into the alpine classroom, it becomes possible to cover the same curriculum in just three days. Learn all the basics of mountaineering, from movement on snow, rock, and ice, to anchoring and belaying in all these mediums, glacier travel, route finding, and much more.

Our Intro to Rock or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals are recommended but not essential.

Please note that this courses typically runs June–September when conditions are more likely to be optimal for teaching the curriculum effectively.

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Learn to Lead, Traditional

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$530.00 / person

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If you have spent some time top-rope climbing and feel ready to begin lead climbing, make sure you do so safely by learning correct techniques from the start. On this two-day course, you will learn everything you need to know to lead safe pitches including placement of protection e.g. cams and stoppers, planning your ascents, and station management. Even if you have already begun lead climbing, instruction from our qualified guides will get you leading in a consistent, safe, and confident manner. Our low ratio ensures high-quality, focused instruction with increased leading time.

Please note that the curriculum also covers sport leading, so if you are unsure about whether to take our traditional or sport leading course, by opting for the traditional course, you will be covered for both types of leading.

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3-day Alpine Skills

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$495.00 / person

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The shorter version of our mountain skills training takes advantage of quick access into alpine terrain to give an action-packed long weekend course. On the first day, hike in, make camp, and head straight for the snow to start training in snow climbing, anchors, and belaying. The second day is a full day of training in climbing and glacier travel. Day three sees us putting it all together using the skills we have learned to climb to the summit. Descend to break camp and walk out after the climb.

Our Intro to Rock or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals are recommended but not essential.

Please note that this course typically runs during April-June when conditions are more likely to be optimal for teaching the curriculum effectively.

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Crevasse Rescue

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$140.00 / person

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Get ready for glacier travel in summer or winter with a focused day of crevasse rescue training. We can accommodate participants with experience or without, so the course can act as both an introduction to these skills or as a refresher. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete mountain skills course and that it only focuses on technical systems for crevasse rescue. If you are new to travel over technical terrain in the mountains, one of our winter or summer mountain skills courses, which includes crevasse rescue amongst many other skills, may be more appropriate.

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Tantalus Mountain Skills

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$980.00 / person

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If you have training and/or experience in basic mountain skills and are looking to take it to the next level, join us on a three day course in the spectacular Tantalus Range. A short helicopter trip from Squamish drops us in the amazing Serratus/Dione Col, the site of the ACC Jim Haberl Hut. The hut makes for a comfortable stay while we spend three
intensive days learning skills and putting them to use on some of the many challenging objectives near the hut.

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Rock Refresher

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$165.00 / person

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This one-day course is perfect for those who have some rock climbing experience and would like to refresh their skills and tighten up their safety systems. It is also well-suited to those who wish to take one of our mountaineering courses but first need to review the fundamentals of rope systems.

The emphasis is on technical systems (anchors, belaying, rappelling etc.) to ensure that when you go out there, you are doing things the right way to make rock climbing as safe as it should be.

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Rock Rescue

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$330.00 / person

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Imagine yourself belaying a partner on a climb when a mishap befalls them and they are hanging on the other end of the rope with you stuck on belay and unable to do anything. If you do any multi-pitch climbing, whether as a leader or a follower, you could find yourself in this scenario. If having the skills to manage these situations is of interest to you, then our two-day Rock Rescue course is exactly what you need.

On day-one, we cover all the basics of improvised self-rescue, from rescue anchors and station-management to blocking and escaping belays. On day-two, we move on to raising and lowering systems and, depending on what group experience allow for, we may also deal with more complicated scenarios involving multiple lowers, rappels with victims, passing knots, rope ascending, and other techniques used in multi-pitch rescue.

Take a look at Chek News to see their story on our Rock Rescue courses.

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Wilderness Navigation One

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$140.00 / person

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Wilderness Navigation One is single-day, introductory course where participants will learn how to plan safe and efficient wilderness routes using topographic maps and a compass, along with the ability to recognise other useful sources of information.

The curriculum includes interpreting all of the features on topographic maps, understanding scale, grid reference, latitude and longitude, relating features on a map to features on the ground, understanding compasses, taking bearings in the field and on the map, re-sectioning, travelling on bearings through terrain, and much more.

Please note that to achieve course objectives, participants must be prepared to travel approximately 3-4km, including sections through bush and over rough terrain.

To further your training, we recommend following up with our one-day GPS Navigation course.

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Complete Mountain Skills

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$825.00 / person

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Learn all the basics of mountaineering on this 5-day course, from movement on snow, rock, and ice, to anchoring and belaying in all these mediums, glacier travel, route finding, and much more.

Our Intro to Rock course, or equivalent training or experience in rope work fundamentals, is recommended but not essential.

Please note that this courses typically runs June–September when conditions are more likely to be optimal for teaching the curriculum effectively.

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Learn to Lead, Sport

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$265.00 / person

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On this one-day course, we'll cover all the skills and systems you need to lead sport pitches, from anchor building on bolts, to lead belaying, clipping strategies, top-of-climb changeovers and safe rappels. We'll look for the gaps in your knowledge on sport leading and fill them with tons of solid technical systems and good judgement. Our low ratio ensures high-quality, focused instruction with increased leading time.

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Rock Day Quadra Island

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$165.00 / person

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This one-day course is designed for those that have done some climbing (indoors or out) who would like to refresh previously-learned skills and acquire new ones. Exact curriculum will be designed by the assembled group, but will typically involve anchor building, outdoor rock movement skills, and backed-up rappelling techniques—and, of course, lots of climbing!

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Weekend Alpine Skills Refresher

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$215.00 / person

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This two-day course involves a quick trip into the alpine to refresh your skills in snow climbing, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue. The specific curriculum will depend on the experience level and objectives of the group.

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Intro to Rock, Quadra Island

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$330.00 / person

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Learn to rock climb using the beautiful and newly-developed Quadra Island crags.

On day one, you will develop your movement skills on rock, belaying, rappelling, and using simple anchor building. On day two, we take it to the next level with the building of complex anchors, using removable protection and advanced movement skills. On completion of this course you’ll feel comfortable top-rope climbing on your own.

We have been invited to the island by Phil Stone, who has been the driving force behind the development of these crags. Phil is a resident islander, climber and renowned author of Island Alpine, the go-to book for climbing on Vancouver Island.

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One-day Rock Experience

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$165.00 / person

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A fun-filled day at the Comox Lake crags introducing you to the exciting sport of rock climbing. Learn to move fluidly on the rock as you climb, belay, and rappel (descend). Suitable for all ages and a great day for a family.

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GPS Navigation

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$140.00 / person

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Global Positioning Systems are incredible pieces of technology that can greatly enhance your spectrum of options in wilderness navigation. On this one-day course, we'll demystify these devices by teaching you how the map, compass and the GPS unit are related, what UTM, latitude and longitude location are and how to work with each on the GPS, how to mark a waypoint and enter routes, how to travel to waypoints and on routes, how to use the correct map datum settings, and much more.

Please note that we consider it unsafe and unwise to attempt to use a GPS for wilderness navigation if you do not first have a good understanding of old school map and compass navigation. Therefore we ask that you have the Wilderness Navigation One or similar training or experience before taking our GPS course.

Please note that to achieve course objectives participants must be prepared to travel through bush and over rough terrain.

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Mountain Improv.

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$165.00 / person

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A course featuring all kinds of techniques to manage tricky situations in the mountains. Curriculum will include principals of anchor building with an emphasis on improvised anchors using trees, boulders, jammed knots, threads and much else. Rappelling safety including various back-up methods, multiple rappel techniques and rope options. We also look at all your lightweight gear options and things you may want to have on your island-specific mini rack.

Course normally takes place at the Comox Lake crags.

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Alpine Rock Skills

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$495.00 / person

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We've had many requests for an alpine rock climbing skills course, so here it is! Travelling in the island alps, or any mountain range for that matter, inevitably involves managing rock climbing terrain in the fourth- and low-to-mid fifth-class range. The pitching or end roping techniques that we use at the crags are not appropriate in this terrain as they are too slow and actually increase risk from hazards like rock fall. On this three-day course, we'll cover all the short-roping and short-pitching techniques that you need to move efficiently in alpine rock terrain, as well as route-finding skills, transitions from snow and ice to rock, and much more.

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Snow Skills

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$140.00 / person

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This one-day course is a chance to cover a whole bunch of snow climbing fundamentals in a short timeframe, including everything from strategic route selection, step-making, and ice axe use, all the way to end roping, short roping and snow anchors. It is typically held at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

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