Belay Test and Orientation
To use the climbing facility during open public hours, all users must first pass the Belay Test, complete an Orientation and fill out a Waiver/consent form. No booking required - just show up with your partner!Mon-Friday 5-9 pm
Sat and Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm
In the Belay Test you must successfully demonstration your ability to;
- Put on a harness
- Tie the Figure 8 follow through knot
- Belay with an ATC or Gri-Gri
- Catch a planned and surprise fall
- Lower a climber
- Communicate with your climbing partner
- Demonstrate safety checks
There is no teaching or instruction provided
in this test. 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 to administer the Belay test. Don't have these skills? Search for the Quick Intro program on our website. Youth under 7
Are not permitted to belay, but can climb with an Adult or youth with a completed belay test. Supervision is required all at times. Youth 7-14
Must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a Youth Consent Form. Youth under the age of 14 must be directly supervised while belaying 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 an In Gym Orientation and Belay Test in the presence of their parent or legal guardian.
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 and climbing equipment
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.
Get Active! PD Day
Active Living is excited to offer your family a variety of activities on PD Days! Engage your child’s mind and body through a variety of safe and fun activities offered by Active Living including indoor climbing, gymnastics, gym games and active gaming. Your child won’t want to miss out on this exciting new opportunity to get active instead of sitting at home on a PD Day! Activities are presented as examples only and may change due to availability.
Before Care (8:00-8:30am) F19YCBC102 and After Care (4:30-5:00pm) S19YCAC102 is available for PD Day Programs
Custom Adapted Climbing
Custom adaptive climbing programs for youth and adults with mental or physical considerations. These individualized programs will focus on developing physical literacy, confidence and a sense of success through climbing and bouldering.
For more information, contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to explore other adaptive programs? Search ‘Adaptive Programs’ on our website.
Kids Adapted Climbing Series
The KACS program is for youth with mental or physical considerations and will focus on developing physical literacy, confidence and a sense of success through climbing and bouldering. In this program, trained volunteers will be paired up with your child to provided 1:1 support (including belaying, spotting, encouragement, and completing safety checks). Our Climbing Instructors ensure a safe positive environment and will progressively teach climbing and movement skills throughout this 10-week series.
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 Skill Building Series
Do you love climbing and ready to learn more? This 10-week intermediate level program for youth 11–15 is a blend of individualized coaching and group instruction. It offers a fun, social environment for youth looking to develop their skills and meet other young climbers. Learn practical lead climbing skills, movement, and metal techniques to climb to new heights. Prerequisite: must be able to top rope belay. Includes instructor, climbing equipment. Payment options available.
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.
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.
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.