Climbing

Start with indoor beginner climbing courses and progress to lead climbing outdoors. Our experienced instructors teach kids and adults year-round.


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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
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Learn to Lead

This 3-hour course will prepare you to successfully and safely lead climb indoors. 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.
This program has outdoor dates.


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. Take B. Crack and Trad and C. Rescue Tips and Tricks for a complete outdoor transition. Prerequisite: Learn to Lead or equivalent. Includes instructor and anchor-building materials.
This program has outdoor dates. 

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, you'll learn the fundamentals needed to safely lead climb sport routes outdoors and get back down again safely. Includes both the Learn to Lead and Anchor Basics programs for a total of 6 hours of instructional time at a discounted rate.  This program has outdoor dates

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 3 hour 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.
Prerequisite: Anchor Basics or equivalent
This program has outdoor dates in spring and summer 

Outdoor ABC’s

This power series will give you the skills to confidently take your climbing outdoors. Start with A: Anchor Basics and learn safe, easy to remember systems, then join B: Crack and Trad to explore crack movement and gear placement, conclude with C: Rescue Tips and Tricks. This course covers all the must-knows for single and multi-pitch rock climbing.  Outdoor dates available in spring and summer.

Multi-Pitch Climbing

Not your standard guided excursion, multi-pitch climbing with our ACMG certified guides blends 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 200m up the wall.  All climb skills levels welcome - we will find a route that works for you. 
1:1 and 1:2 guide to participant ratios offered.

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.

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.