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Trip Information
Name: Trad Progression Course - Squamish
Starts: Sun Aug 20, 2023
Return: Sun Aug 20, 2023

Registration opens: Tue Jan 31, 2023
Event category: Guided Instruction
Difficulty grade: B4  [?]
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).  

Don't forget that all Active BCMC Member receive a 15% Discount on ALL MSAA Courses. To receive the discount please contact our office at info@msaa.ca with your valid membership number.  

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:


Spend a full day at the crag with a professional ACMG guide to take your trad climbing skills to the next level. Develop and advance your crack climbing technique with tips from a professional guide.


Your guide will use a customized lesson plan and systematic approach to introduce and refine the critical rock climbing lessons specific to outdoor trad climbing over 1 day.


This full-day will focus solely on trad technique and building your confidence to take your climbing to the next level. This course is also a great progression for those looking to pursue alpine climbing objectives.


With this course our goal is to ensure that all participants are able to independently progress in leading trad climbing by building a strong foundation to allow for ultimate safety, excellent technique, and a rapid progression.




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:

  • Cleaning Review (lowering or rappelling)
  • Anchor Construction Review
  • Movement Techniques
  • Route Selection
  • Efficiency improvements
  • Lead belaying
  • Efficient and effective gear placement
  • Leader Safety
  • Minimize rope drag
  • Selection of trad climbing gear
  • Where and when to place gear on a route



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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