QUEER OUTDOOR ROCK

As low as:

$395.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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About 

The aim of this outdoor rock course is to increase outdoor accessibility by creating a more inclusive, safe, outdoor rock and alpine climbing environment for the LGBTQ2+ community. On this two-day course you’ll learn everything you need to know to climb top rope on your own, including movement skills, belaying and rappelling, anchor building, gear selection and much more. This course is in partnership with GOATS (Gayest Climbers of All Time).
 
Curriculum

  • Equipment overview (selection, use and care)
  • Basic movement skills on rock
  • Rope skills & management for top rope
  • Top rope anchor building using trees and bolts 
  • Rappelling from anchors
  • Introduction to removable anchors
  • Coaching, progress evaluation & feedback
  • Plenty of opportunity for supervised practice

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

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

Locations

 
These courses are typically held at Mt Wells in Victoria. 

Exact meeting details will be provided in a pre-trip email sent one week before your course. Pre-set locations will be noted on the booking tab. 

Itinerary


A typical day starts at 09:00 and ends around 17:00. 

Curriculum delivery will depend on the instructor and other factors such as weather, but below is a general idea of what to expect:

Day 1 

09:00 – Meet at the location specified in your pre-trip email. The instructor will facilitate introductions and hand out any rental items that were purchased as add-ons. You will then sign waivers (please note that anyone under 18 needs to have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian and sent in prior to the course).

The crags are usually a short hike from the parking lot. You will set up here for the day, beginning with an equipment overview and progressing through the curriculum at a pace that works for your group. Expect to finish around 17:00.

Day 2 

09:00 – Meet at the location specified by your instructor the day before. On day two, we typically introduce removable anchors and continue with supervised practice and movement coaching.

17:00 – Debrief to complete the course and return any rental equipment. 

Exact meeting details will be provided in a pre-trip email sent one-week prior to your course.

Questions? Check out our
FAQ page for details, or send us an email. 

Requirements


This is a beginner-level course, and no previous experience is necessary to partake. That said, please be prepared to:

  • Spend two days outside in variable conditions
  • Hike short distances along uneven terrain

Pre-course homework:

You may wish to practice these basic knots at home to maximize efficiency on the day: 

  • Figure 8 follow-through 
  • Figure 8 on a bight 
  • Overhand 
  • Double overhand 
  • Double fisherman’s 
  • Clove hitch 
  • Prussik 
  • Munter hitch 

We recommend checking out the “Animated Knots” website for instructions. 

Questions about the suitability of this course? Send us an email. We’re happy to help you find or customize courses to suit your needs.

Gear List 


Your instructor will provide all group gear (or “the rack” -- ropes, slings, carabiners, etc.). Please bring the following, and reach out if you have any questions:

Technical Gear: 

  • Harness 
  • Helmet 
  • Belay device & locking carabiner 
  • Climbing shoes 

If you require any of the items on the technical gear list, please email us to request it (along with any sizing requirements such as shoe size). 

Clothing: 

  • T-shirt or long-sleeve (ideally loose-fitting)
  • Pants (ideally loose-fitting, tapered at the ankle) 
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) 
  • Mid-weight insulating jacket 
  • Approach shoes (something that will provide some support on trails to the climb)
  • Toque and/or sun hat 

Other: 

  • Sunglasses that block 100% UV 
  • Sunscreen 
  • SPF lip balm 
  • Lunch (pre-prepared) and snacks 
  • Water bottle 
  • Notebook and pencil (Rite in the Rain recommended) 
  • 30L backpack 

If you own any additional equipment, you are encouraged to bring it along so that you can learn more about the gear you already own.

Questions? Send us an email or read our blog for advice on choosing appropriate gear. 

Testimonials

Really enjoyed it, such a fun experience! 👍 Ellen Jewet, Victoria, BC.