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Name: Level 3 Rock: Intro to Trad climbing
Starts: Sat Jul 11, 2020
Meetup: TBA
Return: Sun Jul 12, 2020

Registration opens: Mon Jun 15, 2020
Event category: Guided Instruction
Difficulty grade: B5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Oudina Cherfi
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Participant Information

***This course is taught by Vancouver Mountain Guides (for more info use this link, for payment use link on Payment below). VMG is offering a special price (33% off) for BCMC members of $202.42 + GST (regular price for non-members: $269 + GST).***

*** For transportation, please follow BCMC COVID-19 guidlines at the top of the BCMC trip list.***


Level 3 Rock is designed for climbers wanting to learn how to lead single pitch routes with trad gear. Two days allows the time needed to practice new skills under the watchful eye of your guide.

Courses are in Squamish from 8am - 4pm. Meet your Guide at Climb On in downtown Squamish at 8am. Please come 15 minutes early if you need to rent shoes or shop at Climb On. Your guide will go over the waiver, get you to sign it, then check equipment before moving to the crag. Plan to be back at the cars by 4pm.



Day 1

-Safety systems and protocols, and risk management on lead.

-Equipment strength, forces encountered leading, fall factors.

-Place and assess trad gear (cams, nuts)

-Tricks for cleaning gear, seconding a pitch, and using a nut tool.

-Building anchors with IDEALS acronym. Anchors in series and parallel.

-Safe communication and terminology.

-Mock leads with top-rope or real leads depending on participants.


Day 2 

-Focus on solid skills, mock or real lead climbing practice with coaching.

-Crack climbing techniques.

-Strategies for lead climbing and where to place gear.

-Fall-line management (strategic runouts, high pivot points): protecting the seconder.

-Rappelling, prusik back-up, knots in the ends.

-Tying 2 ropes together, strategies to throw ropes or basket coil.

-Intro to French free, bolt ladders, and self-rescue.

-Practice multi-directional anchors, equalizing with slings and cordelette.



Lead climber on sport or Level 2 Rock. Solid crack climber at the 5.6 level minimum. Take our Crack Camp to improve your crack climbing skills!


Equipment: Due to covid-19, it's best to have everything ready for the course.


-Helmet (climbing)

-Belay device

-Chalk bag

-Rock shoes (Climb On rents shoes)

-4 x locking carabiners (pear shape)

-2 x carabiners (non-locking)

-2 x double length sling (120cm)

-1 x cordelette (5m x 7mm cord)

-6 x quickdraws

-2 x alpine Draws (60cm slings)

-Gear rack (set of nuts #4-10, single set cams 0.2 - 3”)

-1 x Nut tool

-Rope 9.2-9.8mm x 60-70m


Note: VMG will supply equipment you do not have.



Please carefully read and understand the waiver below. Your guide will provide a waiver you are required to sign before participating. 

Waiver Form


Online Payment:

To register for this course, follow these steps:

(1) Click "Join this Trip" on the left side of the page. You will be added to the Waiting List
(2) Once on the Waiting List , click this link VMG and follow the prompts to complete your payment.
(3) Forward your confirmation email to courses@bcmc.ca and you will be added to the Confirmed List.
(4) Keep your eye on your email inbox for further updates.

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