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Name: Aid Climbing
Starts: Sat Jul 25, 2020
Meetup: TBA
Return: Sat Jul 25, 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 $134.72 + GST (regular price for non-members: $199 + GST).***

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


Gaining this skill set will enable participants to set their sites on a large range of objectives from single pitch aid climbs to long free climbs guarded by one or two aid pitches. Our Aid-Climbing course will cover all the skills needed to lead a basic aid pitch. The focus is on clean aid and 2 aider techniques. Participants will have the chance to lead short aid pitches, practice jumarring technique, and haul a haul-bag.

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 and get you to sign it then check equipment before moving to the crag. Plan to be back at the cars by 4pm.


-Review aid climbing theory.

-Gearing up, overview of equipment for aid.

-Hazards and risk management related to aid climbing.

-Aiding systems:

   2 aider systems

   4 aider systems

-Daisy chains, fifi hooks.

-Practice aid climbing, learn the steps for efficient aid technique, clipping the rope.

-Aid pieces, whats going to hold, how to bounce test pieces.

-High stepping in aiders, balancing on the rock.

-Lead-belaying with a Grigri.

-Jumarring technique, building speed, safety back-ups.

-Introduction to the haul bag: set-up, packing, hauling with microtraxion, docking the bag.

-Rappelling with the haul bag.



Level 3 Rock or equivalent experience. Lead 5.6 traditional rock climbs. Basic rock protection and anchoring systems required.


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


-Helmet (climbing)

-Belay device

-Chalk bag

-Approach shoes (stiff soles)

-4 x locking carabiners (pear shaped)

-2 x double length sling (120cm)

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

-10-15 spare biners

-2 x etriers (4-6 step)

-2 x ascenders (handles)

-2 x daisy chains

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

-Rope 9.2-9.8mm x 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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