Climb On Outdoors: Teen Programs
We have two levels of teen outdoor climbing programs this summer.
101 spends the first day inside on the climbing and bouldering walls learning the basics. On the last 2 days, you will climb popular beginner routes in and around Kananaskis Country.
201 spends all three days in the mountains rock climbing.
Both programs are instructed by ACMG guides.
Please see speicifc programs for prerequisites.
Defy gravity and reach new heights. You’ll spend half the day climbing indoors and the other half outside playing games, swimming, biking and visiting kid-friendly places in the city. You’ll get to try wall climbing, bouldering, and slacklining.
Required: bike in good condition, helmet that fits properly, swimsuit and towel (no swimming or biking on day 1)
Outdoor Winter Break Camp
Take a week over winter holidays to have fun and play 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, geocache 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 the basics 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. Get to know new climbing partners in a fun and informal atmosphere. 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. 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. 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
Be part of young climbing community. Teens 13-17 years old will learn and practice practical lead-climbing skills alongside intermediate to advanced movement techniques to make them confident, competent climbers. Our dedicated instructors incorporate warm-ups, stretching and strength training into each class to prevent injuries and improve overall fitness. Fall and winter semesters: 10 weeks. 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, to 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
Engaging climbing programs for school groups
Ages 7 and older.
Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 30.
If you are interested in booking a climbing lesson for your school please email Nick and Ashley at email@example.com with the following information;
Contact name and phone number
Number of students
Number of sessions
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)
Set up a custom climbing party by emailing Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information;
- Your name and contact information
- Number of participants and their average age
- 2 potential dates and 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.
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 Group Bookings
Get the most out of your climbing experience! Our youth oriented instructors make climbing safe while minimizing instructional time so that the kids can focus on having fun.
group booking now by emailing Nick at email@example.com
with the following information;
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.