Sport Climbing Course

If you have tried some rock climbing and want to take the first step towards becoming an independent climber, this is the place to start! The focus of this course is on learning to lead bolt protected sport climbs. This is not as scary as you may think and our professional instruction will help you learn to sport climb in a safe and enjoyable manner!

Sport climbing in Banff National Park

DATES 2024:

  • May 18-19th (2 spots left)
  • June 8-9th (FULL)
  • July 20-21st (5 spots left)
  • Aug 24-25th (5 spots left)

COST: $375 + GST per person

Max Group Size: 5

Prerequisites: At least 2 days outdoor rock climbing experience or lots of gym experience and ambition. If you have no experience consider our Intro Rock Course to get you started! 

Meeting Place & Time: Canmore at 7:30am

Book your spot:  Please contact us at to get signed up!  You can join as an individual or as a group of up to four people.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 + GST is required to book your spot, with the remainder due 4 weeks prior to the start of the course.  Invoices will be provided with options for etransfer, credit card and PayPal.  Reading and completing a Waiver form is required to participate in all courses or trips.  A copy of the Waiver will be provided to you before booking and can also be downloaded here: CRAG Waiver Form.  Before booking you must acknowledge that you have read & agree to the Waiver form.  

Climbing bolted routes during sport climbing course in Canmore
Learning to lead outdoor rock climbs


Day 1 – After a review of basic rock climbing and belaying techniques, you will learn how to properly clip bolts, build anchors, belay a lead climber and safely take falls. Everyone will have lots of chances to try leading but there won’t be any pressure if you aren’t feeling ready.

Day 2 – We will continue practicing the skills learned on day 1 as well as learning how to clean anchors (ie. how to get your rope back without leaving any gear behind) and deal with unexpected situations such as not being able to make it to the top of a climb. For those who are interested there may be the opportunity for an introduction to traditional gear placements and basic multipitch climbing skills as well.

Optional Day 3 – Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a day of multipitch climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people. On the day after the course this is offered at the discounted rate of $500 for 1 person oe $275 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the rock page for more information on guided ascents.

Gear List

Use of all climbing gear is provided free of charge. However, if you have any of your own gear feel free to use it!  If you have any questions about purchasing your own gear please email us at anytime for suggestions.

  • Small Pack (20 + litres) – available for loan
  • Harness – available for loan
  • Helmet – available for loan
  • Rock shoes – available for loan
  • Belay device – available for loan
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Wind/rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
Sport lead climbing lesson in Kananaskis