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Intro to Outdoor Climbing

Whether you have dreams of mountain summits, or simply want to increase your independence and safety while out with friends, it all starts here in this entry level course.

Price:   $250+hst

Duration: 2 Days

Misty Forest

Who should take this course?

The Intro To Outdoor Climbing course is designed for those who are new to the sport of rock climbing, or for those indoor climbers who wish to gain the skills/concepts necessary to transition into the outdoors.

What will you learn?

In this course, we will build a solid foundation of safe climbing practises as well as discuss some of the finer nuances associated with the sport such as etiquette, access, and ethics.  Participants will be exposed to a wide range of skill development from belaying and rappelling, to anchor assessment and hazard evaluation.

Course skills include but are not limited to:


  • Identifying hazards in an outdoor climbing situation.

  • Proper use of, and care for, basic gear.

  • Common climbing knots

  • Communication

  • Basic Top-rope setups and pros/cons

  • Secure anchor building techniques

  • Directionals

  • Traversing or abstract routes

  • Ground anchors

  • Climbing scene management

  • Crag etiquette

  • Risk minimization

  • Interacting with other climbing parties

  • General Safety Awareness

  • Identifying and Assessing potential environmental risks

The ultimate goal for this course is for students to be able to top-rope safely outdoors on their own, and be able to identify hazards associated with unsafe top-roping practices.

Rock climbing safety is unique in that it is both somewhat concrete and at the same time very dynamic and fluid. Once an individual learns proper techniques, skills, or concepts, it is up to them to continue to apply them in the appropriate environment and situation after they leave the course.  During or upon completion of the course, it is our goal to have students demonstrate a competent understanding of the course material to a point where the instructor feels they can safely apply those concepts on their own.


The only prerequisite for this course is a positive attitude!

Time / Location

This course runs from 8am to 4pm both days, at our Chebucto Head location. (In order to provide the best instruction possible, we may on occasion choose a different start time and location depending on weather or other concerns).

Intro To Climbing Dates

Upcoming Course Dates - 2024

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