Climbing


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Multi-Pitch Climbing

Multi-pitch climbing with the Outdoor Centre is not your standard guided excursion; our ACMG certified guides blend incredible outdoor experiences with practical coaching and instruction.  Learn about direct anchor belays, rope management, anchor cleaning, rappelling, and outdoor safety while taking in the view off the side of a rock face. 

All climbers welcome - we will find a route that works for your skill level and interest.
1:1 and 1:2 guide to participant ratios

Offered May to the end of September
Email Ashley at  climb@ucalgary.ca to book your dates.

Rock-dezvous

Make the most of your summer and try out your climbing skills out on real rock. Learn outdoor crag etiquette, safety, and basic outdoor movement techniques from ACMG certified instructors while taking in incredible mountain views.  
All skills levels welcome- belay skills will be taught if needed. 

Prerequisite: youth 12-17years must be accompanied by an adult. Includes climbing equipment, ACMG certified guides
Carpool 

Learn to Lead

This 3-hour course will prepare you to successfully and safely lead climb inside and outdoors. Learn about rope management, lead belaying, clipping, preventing injuries and simple sports anchors. Finish the course with practical lead climbing experience and all the skills you need to pass a lead climbing test. Prerequisite: must confidently climb 5.9 on top rope. Previous instruction on basic movement techniques recommended. Includes instructor, lead rack.

For outdoor dates see the "Complete Learn to Lead" program

Anchor Basics

Discover and practice easy-to-remember systems for building and cleaning anchors that will work in a wide variety of scenarios in this 3-hour course. There can be an overwhelming amount of information that comes with outdoor anchor systems but we believe that simple is safest.  Prerequisite: Learn to Lead or equivalent. Includes instructor and anchor-building materials.

For outdoor dates please see the 'Complete Learn to Lead' program

Complete Learn to Lead

Lead into new possibilities with this climbing combination course designed to get you off the ground and onto the sharp end. On our wall or at a local crag, you'll learn the fundamentals needed to safely lead climb sport routes outdoors and get back down again safely. This program includes both the Learn to Lead and Anchor Basics program for a total of 6 hours of instructional time at a discounted rate. 

Outdoor dates offered June to end of September.

Our dates don't match with your schedule? Request a private or group Complete L2L course on a day that works best for you by emailing Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca

Crack and Trad

Take full advantage of the finger to chimney-sized cracks in our unique facility to get a real-to-life crack climbing experience indoors! Not only will you twist, lock, jam, squeeze and thrash ’til it hurts so good, but participants will also learn to place and assess gear.
Outdoor dates offered spring and summer 

Rescue Tips and Tricks

This rock rescue course teaches fundamental techniques that can be applied in a wide variety of situations. Help your partner through that crux section, escape the belay or quickly descend to safety with uncomplicated solutions.

If you have taken Rock Rescue (or equivalent) with us before and are looking for a refresher receive $25% off when you call in to register.
403.220.5038 ext. 5

Outdoor dates offered June to end of September.  We can work with your schedule - request a private or group course on a day that works best for you by emailing Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca

Outdoor ABC’s

This one-day outdoor power program will teach you the skills to take your climbing outside on your own. Learn safe, easy to remember anchor systems for top roping and sport leading and then explore simple rescue tips and tricks that will prepare for those sticky situations. For the very keen, the option to play with crack movement and gear placement will also be available. This course covers all the must-knows for single-pitch rock climbing so you can get out and play safely this summer.

Offered May to the end of September
Our scheduled programs don’t work with your life?  Email Ashley climb@ucalgary.ca to request other dates.

Custom Outdoor Climbing

Learn climbing skills outdoors - on your schedule. We offer a full range of custom outdoor climbing experiences from introductory private and group lessons to outdoor lead climbing, rock rescue, and trad climbing.  Programs are available spring and summer at local climbing crags.
  • School Groups
  • Scouts/Girl Guides
  • Private groups
  • Birthday parties
  • Private lesson
For more information email Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca

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.