Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - Rock Climbing in Alberta's Rocky Mountains

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Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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3 day rock skills course

If you want to learn how to be a skilled & confident rock climber, then this course is the perfect way to get started! Very small group sizes (max 4) allows us to provide personalized instruction that matches your skill and ambition level and provides a highly enjoyable experience for all. During the course everyone will have lots of opportunities to improve their climbing, build anchors, learn to lead, and much more!

Leading on gear during a trad climbing course in Lake Louise, Alberta

Dates 2020:
  • June 15-17th (CANCELLED due to COVID19)
  • Aug 17-19th (FULL)
Dates 2021:
  • Aug 16-18th, 2021
Cost: $575 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 4
Meeting Spot & Time: 8:00am in Canmore (details will be sent out upon registration)
Custom Dates: Available May - October for groups of 1 to 12. Inquire for pricing.
To Register:
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to book your spot on this course. E-mail us ( and we will provide you with an electronic invoice which can be paid by credit card, e-transfer, cheque, or PayPal.
  • Remainder is due 4 weeks before course and can be paid using the same methods.
Prerequisites: At least a day or two of prior outdoor rock climbing experience or significant gym climbing experience including belaying and other basic skills. If you have no prior climbing experience, our two day Intro Rock Climbing Course is scheduled on the weekend beforehand & combining the two courses makes for an awesome 5 days of climbing! Please feel free to get in touch if you are unsure about your experience level.
Learning to multipitch climb in the Bow Valley


Taking into acount the groups skill levels & daily weather, the guide will strive to make the course as usefull and enjoyable as possible for all participants. We will most likely visit a different climbing area each day so that everyone can experience a variety of rock types and styles. The small group size allows for great flexibility and the exact agenda will vary. However, the following sample outline will give you a reasonable idea of what to expect throughout the course.

Day 1 - As we enjoy a full day of climbing we will practice a variety of climbing movement & ropework skills such as anchor building, setting up topropes, knots, etc.

Day 2 - After a few warmup climbs on toprope, we will begin learning the skills for leading bolt protected sport climbs. Everyone will have the chance to lead some climbs within their skill & comfort level, and also learn how to build good anchors, remove anchors, retreat from climbs, and other important sport climbing skills. For those who already have some sport climbing experience, there will be the chance to learn & practice a variety of other skills as well.

Day 3 - We will continue to work on improving your climbing ability and leading skills, as well as introducing the basics of multipitch climbing, gear climbing, and partner rescue. As with the previous days we will of course do tons of climbing!

Optional Day 4 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a day of guided multipitch climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people for the chance to climb a longer & more challenging route. On the day after the course, this is offered at the discounted rate of $450 for 1 person, or $225 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the[rock] page for more information on guided ascents.

Climbing as a team of three on a rock climb near Canmore, AB

Gear List

Group gear such as ropes, carabiners, and cams will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. Use of all personal climbing gear can also be provided at no extra charge.
  • Small Pack (30 or so litres) - available for loan
  • Rock Climbing Shoes - available for loan
  • Harness - available for loan
  • Helmet - available for loan
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
Rock Climbing Skills Courses in Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG) - - Canmore, Alberta, Canada