Trad Climbing Course

If you want to learn how to lead traditional gear protected rock climbs, this course is designed for you! Very small group sizes (max 4) allows us to provide personalized instruction that matches your skill and ambition level and provides a highly enjoyable weekend for all. During the course everyone will have lots of opportunities to lead trad climbs ranging from 5.3 to as hard as you like!

Traditional gear climbing skills course

DATES 2024:

  • Jun 22-23rd (FULL)
  • July 20-21st (5 spots left)
  • Aug 31st-Sep 1st (4 spots left)
  • Custom dates available on request from late April to October.

COST: $425 + GST per person

Max Group Size: 5

Prerequisites: Must have prior outdoor rock climbing experience including leading bolt protected sport climbs. If you have no lead climbing experience, consider taking our Sport Climbing 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.  

Building trad anchors during a gear climbing course
Lead trad climbing lessons near Canmore


Day 1 & 2 – On this course your guide will strive to provide each participant with instruction that is most relevant to his or her skill level. Therefore, it is impossible to provide an exact agenda but there will be 2 full days of climbing in the Canmore, Banff & Lake Louise area. Emphasis will be on proper placement of nuts & cams, anchor building, natural anchors and other trad climbing considerations. Topics such as multipitch skills, basic self-rescue and use of pitons can also be introduced.

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 or $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  – available for loan
  • Harness – provided
  • Helmet – provided
  • Rock shoes – provided on request
  • Belay device – provided
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Wind/rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
Gear climbing skills during a course in the Kananaskis area