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 Quadra Island by Phil Stone, 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.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

Included in the price:

  • 2 days of instruction
  • Group technical gear
  • Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, carabiners, belay device, rock climbing shoes)

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Food
  • Accommodation

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As low as:

$330.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
Thanks so much for a great weekend. I learned a lot and feel very confident and look forward to climbing again soon. Taking the course was a great idea. I found it challenging but not to the point where I ever felt uncomfortable. All the basics were covered and the pace was perfect. Had a great time. Renee Blouin, Quadra Island, BC.
Thanks again for a great weekend learning how to rock climb safely. Sacha Slootweg, Victoria, BC.
I recently went through the Intro to rock course and then did the Long weekend mountain skills course with Jan from Island Alpine Guides. What can I say? Both were excellent! Jan is a great mentor and has a ton of experience. I have since put many of the skills that I learned to use on a week long hiking trip in Strathcona Park. Doing these courses with Jan has certainly taken my hiking skills "up a notch". I plan on doing more courses with I.A.G in the future. Russ Henry, Nanaimo, BC.
I can't say enough great things about the Intro to Rock course. It was one of the funnest adventures I've had on the island. The location was stunning. We had the perfect amount of instruction and practice at the start. As a beginner, I felt a bit intimidated but that was soon gone – Jan is amazing at sharing his experience and knowledge. My favourite part was the climbing. We had so much opportunity to do anchoring, belaying, rappelling and ascents and it was totally safe, and totally rad! Learning by doing was the only option in this course, which made the course so engaging and useful. You're not sitting around watching the instructor do everything! My loaner shoes were awesome, and the equipment was really good. If you want to get out for a great climb on our beautiful island and learn a ton, please do not hesitate to take this course. It was 100% worth it. Melanie Adams, Victoria, BC.
Jan was a great instructor and guide! We had an introduction to outdoor climbing and anchor building and he tailored our day of private instruction to exactly what we wanted and where we wanted to climb; in this case, Quadra Island. Coming with no previous knowledge of outdoor climbing, I found it to be the perfect balance of theory and climbing. I'm very confident with the skills I have now to go outdoors and top rope with just the one-day course. I am definitely booking again for lead and other outdoor courses with Island Alpine Guides! Dana & Grant, Parksville