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Trip Information
Name: Intro to Trad Climbing - Squamish
Starts: Sat Apr 15, 2023
Return: Sat Apr 15, 2023

Registration opens: Tue Jan 31, 2023
Event category: Guided Instruction
Difficulty grade: B5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 6

Organizer: MountainSkills AcademyAdventures
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Participant Information

This  one day course is taught by Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures by a professional ACMG certified guide. MSAA is offering a special price for BCMC members of $143.65 + GST (regular price for non-members: $169+ GST).  

Develop your Outdoor Rock Climbing Skills with the Sea to Sky's leading mountain school. Obtain the complete required skill set & implementation through expert certified guides and our carefully crafted curriculum. Est. 1991 - Trip Advisor; Hall of Fame status,  beloved and trusted by BCMC members!

Course Details:


Our Intro to Trad Climbing course targets intermediate to advanced top-rope or sport climbers who want to expand their reach and learn the skills required to take on some of the incredible crack climbs Squamish and Whistler has to offer. If you aren’t comfortable on top-roped outdoor single pitch climbs we offer an Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing course that will help you transition into trad climbing. We also offer our Rock Climbing Super Course which covers every aspect of rock climbing.


You will learn the principles of trad climbing, the fundamentals of building traditional rock anchors and placing and removing your own gear for protection while you lead climb. You will also learn the basics of seconding multi-pitch rock trad climbs and the assessment and use of natural anchors such as trees and boulders.




8:30am: Meet your guide at Squamish Adventure Centre.


The guide will have everyone sign a waiver before having a safety discussion and performing a gear check. They will then discuss the day's objectives and lesson plan.


4:30pm: The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief, discussion of the course and next step recommendations.


Gear List:


Climbing Equipment:

  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Locking carabiners
  • Chalk bag
  • Rope
  • Anchor building equipment
  • Trad rack (if you have it)

Group climbing equipment will be brought by your instructor. If you own your own equipment, it is beneficial to practice using it under the supervision of our instructors.


Clothing (Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and dress accordingly):

  • Climbing pants (light pants that allow maximum mobility)
  • T-shirt
  • Mid layer fleece or wool top
  • Weatherproof shell jacket
  • Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Approach shoes
  • Daypack 25-35L

Food and water are not included. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.


If you do not have your own climbing equipment please contact us to arrange to borrow helmets, harness or climbing shoes.




Topics Covered:

  • Equipment
  • Environment & Onsite safety
  • Introduction to Trad Protection
  • Introduction to Trad terminology
  • How to place and remove gear
  • Building Anchors
  • Lead Climbing Strategies
  • Building and Assessing Anchors
  • Natural anchors
  • Trad leading session

Click HERE for the full curriculum



On-line Registration process:

(1) Click “Join this trip” on the left hand side of the page. You will be added to the Waiting List

(2) Once on the Waiting List you will have access to the Course Online Payment on the left side of the page where you will find the promo code. Complete your payment directly with MSAA HERE  using the promo code. Be sure to select the right date in the drop down menu. You will receive a confirmation email from MSAA once your payment is completed.

(3) Forward your confirmation email to courses@bcmc.ca. You will then be added to the Confirmed List.

(4) Keep an eye on your email for further logistic details.

Please use the BCMC covid guidline for transporation. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact MSAA at +1 (604) 938-9242 or Oudi at courses@bcmc.ca.

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