Climb On Outdoors - Teens
Spend 3 days rock climbing at popular beginner routes in and around Kananaskis Country with ACMG guides. In 101, you'll have fun as you learn basic climbing skills like belaying, climbing calls and movement. In 201, you're already comfortable with the basics so you'll work on developing foot placement, hand positions and route reading. Required: check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite for 201: Climb On Outdoors 101 or equivalent. Includes: ACMG guides, all climbing equipment.
Kids Adapted Climbing Series
This program is designed to introduce children with special needs to the challenges and rewards of indoor climbing. Your child will be paired with a volunteer to do 45 minutes of climbing in a one hour block. We will focus on fun and success! Prerequisite: children must be registered with APAK.
Outdoor Winter Break Camp
Spend 3 days over winter holidays having fun and playing in the snow. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Kananaskis, and go climbing, bouldering and swimming in Calgary. There is something here for everyone and you'll have great stories and new skills to share when you return to school. If there isn't enough snow to ski and snowshoe we will hike and build shelters. Grades 2-8 camps available. Includes: instructor, equipment, passes, permits, transportation. Required: weather-appropriate clothing and indoor footwear.
Quick Intro to Climbing
Climbing is exploding in popularity—and for good reason. Get hooked on this fun and challenging sport in this 2-hour lesson while learning all of the skills needed to pass a belay test. No experience required. Includes: instructor, climbing equipment, belay test credit.
Beginner Climbing Series
Develop a complete climbing skills-base by learning safe belay skills and progressively building technical movement skills and knowledge. In this multi-week series, our experienced instructors blend instructional time with personalized coaching and provide plenty of time to practice. No experience required. Includes: instructor, climbing equipment, shoes, free belay test credit.
This beginner play-based program introduces young climbers-to-be to the vertical world. Kids 4-6 years old will build confidence and physical literacy skills through bouldering games and top-rope climbing over a series of weeks. Our kid-oriented instructors teach safety and emphasize making climbing FUN. No experience required. Includes: climbing equipment, kid-oriented instruction.
This beginner climbing series will get kids 7-10 years old excited to be active and explore their limits. Over a series of weeks, learn to belay and develop fundamental movement skills through top-rope climbing and bouldering. No experience required. Includes: climbing equipment, kid-oriented instruction.
Youth Climbing Club
Develop body awareness, coordination and strength—and have tons of fun. In this introductory series for youth 10-14 years old, attend weekly sessions with our dedicated coaches who teach key skills for climbing and belaying safely. No experience required. Includes: instructor, climbing equipment.
Youth Advanced Series
In this 10-week series, teens 13-17 will learn and practice practical lead-climbing skills alongside intermediate to advanced movement techniques to make them confident, competent climbers. Our instructors incorporate warm-ups, stretching and strength training into each class to prevent injuries and improve overall fitness. Prerequisite: significant climbing experience. Includes: instructor, climbing equipment. Payment options available.
Intro To Crack Climbing
Have aspirations to climb in Squamish, the Bugaboos or Yosemite? Our unique wall has all the finger cracks, off-widths and chimneys that you will need to know how to send before tackling the climbing destinations of the world. In this 3-hour class, you'll learn to twist, lock, jam, squeeze and thrash 'til it hurts so good. Prerequisite: belay test. Includes: instructor, climbing equipment, shoes, athletic tape.
Rock Rescue and Hauling Systems
Stuff happens—be prepared!
Learn how to help out a fallen/injured/tired/panicked climber. The skills learned in this course have a wide variety of applications that can help you get out of a tight spot. Topics include tying off the belay, raising and lowering a person/load, counter balance rappels, ascending a rope, and more.
Prerequisite: belay test.
Climbing - Schools
We offer engaging climbing programs on our wall for school groups ages 7 and older. No experience required. Includes: youth oriented instruction and climbing equipment (except shoes). To book a group climbing lesson, please email Nick and Ashley at email@example.com with the following information: school name and address, contact name and phone number, number of students, grade, number of sessions, climbing program, dates and times requested.
Don't want kids bouncing off your walls? Let them climb ours instead.
Party-goers defy gravity on the indoor climbing and bouldering walls. Instruction is minimal because the emphasis is put on climbing as much as possible. No experience required. Includes: youth oriented instruction and climbing equipment (except shoes). Email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name and contact information, number of participants and their average age, 2 potential dates/times that work for you.
Custom Outdoor Climbing - Schools
Let us take you outside! Our experienced certified guides will provide a fun safe day out in the mountains. We will work with you to set up a program that will meet your goals for the day.
Scouts Canada Groups
Bring your Beavers, Cubs, or Scouts group climbing here with us at the U of C climbing centre. We have specialized pricing and programming in place for each age group designed with the learning needs and age considerations of each level in mind. If that doesn't work for you, let us know and we can try something else!
Belay Test and Orientation
In Gym Orientation and Belay Test
noon to 6pm Sat and Sunday
In the orientation you will be become familiar with the Outdoor Centre Climbing Wall, potential hazards and the Outdoor Centre Climbing Wall Safety Code.
You will be asked to fill out a waiver; This is a legal document - it is your responsibility to read and understand everything in it and by signing you are giving up certain rights, including the right to sue. It will outline some of the risk and hazards of climbing, if you have any questions about this waiver, please bring to your lawyer for counseling before signing.
To pass the Belay Test you must successful demonstration your ability to;
- Put a harness on
- Tie the Figure 8 follow through knot
- Belay with a ATC or Gri-Gri
- Correct belay motions
- Catch a planned and surprise fall
- Lower a climber
- Communicate with your climbing partner
- Actively demonstrate safety checks
You must have a partner to take the belay test with. There is no teaching or instruction provided in this test; It is pass or Fail. If an Outdoor Centre staff member has reason to believe you received any instruction less than 24 hours prior to taking this exam they have the right to refuse administering the Belay test.Youth under 14
Must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a Youth Consent Form. Youth under the age of 14 must be directly supervised at all times by a responsible adult with a current belay card and orientation.Youth 14-18
Must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a Youth Consent Form. Youth 14-18 are permitted to climb unsupervised after successfully completing a In Gym Orientation and Belay Test in the presence of their parent or legal guardian.
Climbing and Bouldering Wall Booking
Both the Climbing and Bouldering walls can be to external groups looking to practice or teach a variety of skills such as crevasse rescue, rock/high angle rescue, trad/crack climbing techniques and caving. Any group wanting to run an instructional program (paid or unpaid) or a technical practice session, must block book the climbing or bouldering wall and comply to the Outdoor Centre's Outside Instructor Policies.
No outside instruction is permitted in either facility during open rec hours.
For more details on block bookings for the Bouldering and Climbing Walls please contact Ashley or Nick at email@example.com with the following information:
Number of participants
Certification extrenal Instructors or group leaders
2-3 dates and times that would work for you group.
Climbing Group Bookings
Our youth-oriented instructors make climbing safe while minimizing instructional time so that the kids can focus on having fun. To book your group, email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information, number of participants and average age, length of lesson, 2 potential dates and times that work for you, adaptive needs (if any). Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 30.
These custom lessons are designed to introduce people with special needs to a new and fun activity. Our unique wall allows us to set up a variety of different systems in order to accommodate climbers with physical or developmental disabilities. Experienced instructors can create a custom program that will challenge participants in a fun, safe and supportive manner to ensure that each feels included and successful. For more information, contact Ashley or Nick at email@example.com. Want to explore other adaptive programs? Search ‘Adaptive Programs’ on our website.
After learning the fundamentals of safe belaying technique, climbers will tackle climbing challenges, games, and rappelling in this fun, experience based program.
Email Nick and Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
to register with the following infromation
- Contact name and phone number
- Number of participants
- Booking length
- Any specific team building goals or objective you have.
- 2 dates and times requested
Climbing Private Lessons
Learn what you want and do it when it works best for you! Our private and semi-private lessons allow you to create a program tailored to your specific interests, needs or skill level. All technical equipment is provided, including shoes.
Adaptive Private Lessons:
For youth and adults, these 45 min lessons will help participants explore possibilites on the climbing and bouldering walls. Participants climb one-on -one with an instructor with experience working with participants with mental and physical disabilities. Can be set up as a single day program or as a series.
Includes: Adaptive climbing equipment, shoes
To set up a private lesson please email Ashley and Nick at email@example.com with the following information;
• Your name and contact information
• Skills you are interested in learning
• Length of lesson
• 2 potential Dates and times that work for you
• Instructor preferences (male/female, specific instructors..)
Multi-Pitch Monday (Ice)
Extend your Ice Climbing Weekend and go a little higher. Learn multi-pitch techniques and climb with our ACMG certified climbing guides in a low participant to instructor ratio of 2:1. 16 years and up. Prerequisite: must have completed an Ice Climbing Weekend or equivalent this year. Includes: ACMG guide, use of technical equipment.
This program has a 1:2 instructor to participant ratio, and the group will be divided into compatible teams to climb a suitable ‘multi-pitch’ (several rope lengths) route in the Bow Valley, Kananaskis or Canmore area with an ACMG guide.