Queer Outdoor Rock Experience

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$195.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio) Next Trip: May 20, 2023 (day trip)

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  • May 20, 2023 (day trip)
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    11 spots available. $195.00

    Location: Victoria (Glen Lake or Mount Wells). Exact meeting details will be provided in a pre-trip email sent one week before your course.

  • May 21, 2023 (day trip)
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    12 spots available. $195.00

    Location: Victoria (Glen Lake or Mount Wells). Exact meeting details will be provided in a pre-trip email sent one week before your course.


This outdoor rock climbing experience is designed to empower and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community by providing the skills and knowledge needed to safely and confidently climb top rope outdoors. Led by experienced instructors in partnership with GOATS (Gayest Of All The Senders), this one-day course will cover essential techniques such as movement skills, belaying, and experiential rappelling. As part of a larger weekend-long queer outdoor climbing clinic, GOATS will also offer basic and advanced subsidies to help reduce the cost for participants. To ensure the safety and success of all attendees, this course is intended for those who are new to outdoor climbing and/or looking for a fun queer day at the crag.

Note: This is an introductory top rope experience, and does not include anchor building. For a more comprehensive introduction to outdoor rock climbing, we recommend our Queer Outdoor Rock Skills Day.

  • Basic movement skills on rock
  • Belaying
  • Experiential rappelling

Included in the price:

  • 1 day with queer ACMG instructors!
  • Group technical gear
  • Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, carabiners, belay devices, rock climbing

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 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:

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 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 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. 

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. 


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