Queer Outdoor Rock Skills Day

As low as:

$210.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)

This outdoor rock climbing course is designed to empower and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community by providing the skills and knowledge needed to safely and confidently set up and clean top rope anchors outdoors. Led by an experienced queer and trans instructor in partnership with GOATS (Gayest Of All The Senders), this one-day course will cover essential techniques such as anchor building, gear selection, and more.

To ensure the safety and success of all attendees, this course is intended for those who are belay certified or have prior experience with belay techniques.

  • Equipment overview (selection, use and care)
  • Rope skills and management for top rope
  • Top rope anchor building and cleaning using bolts 
  • Rappelling from anchors
  • Opportunity for supervised practice and coaching

Included in the price:

  • 1 day with a queer AGMG rock guide! 
  • 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.


These courses are typically held at Glen Lake or 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. 


A typical day starts at 08:30 and ends around 16:30. 

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

08:30 – 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 19 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 16:30. 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.

Please note, a pre-course social night is also in the works for May 19, 2023! Details to be included in the pre-trip email.


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

  • Spend the day 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). 


  • 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 


  • 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. 


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