Objective: Follow single and multi-pitch climbs, lead bolted sport climbs.
Trip planning, knots, climbing technique training on top-rope climbs and bouldering, belaying techniques, use and positioning of removable anchors, lead climbing on bolted climbs, repelling with self belay, multi-pitch climbs as a follower, risk management and hazard evaluation.
Objective: Lead multi-pitch climbs on gear self sufficiently.
Review of beginner's course contents, advance climbing technique coaching, emphasis on removable anchors and belay stations, coaching on single and multi-pitch climbs as a leader of a party.
Private Guiding or Climbing Camp:
- or as a course: A combination of any of the above contents, advancing at a rate in accordance with your personal skill level and preferences.
Detail and Logistics
Banff or Canmore, Alberta on the evening before the official start of the course. We gladly assist you in arranging lodging and airport transfers from and to Calgary International (1.25 hrs).
Or for private/custom trips - meet guide on the morning of your climb to discuss itinerary, mountains conditions and equipment.
Climate, Weather, Temperatures:
Although common saying is, it can snow in Banff any month of the year, temperatures in summer are usually between 15C and 30C. The continental climate at the Eastern slope of the Rockies makes for mostly dry weather.
Services Included in the Total Price:
Guiding/instruction by an ACMG certified mountain, rock or assistant guide, all guide expenses, equipment use (harness, helmet, climbing hardware, ropes). We will gladly quote you all-inclusive prices with lodging and air port pick up / drop off in Calgary or we can assist you in making reservations for the lodging and transport option of your choice.
Not Included Are:
Air fares, lodging, food, lunches, drinks, rental fees for climbing shoes, airport shuttles or local transport. The latter can often be arranged on a cost basis in the guides' car.
Can I Do It?
1) Beginner Course:
Requires good physical fitness for spending active days in the mountains and you should not be afraid of heights. Previous hiking and indoor climbing experience is an advantage.
2) Advanced Course: See under 1) plus outdoor climbing experience following routes up to grade 5.8.
3) Climbing Camp: See under 1) and 2) plus ability to safely lead up to grade 5.6 on multi-pitch climbs. If you sign up as a rope team of two, at least one of the partners must be a competent leader. Your guide will coach you on the climbs, help you set up safe belays, assure route finding and will step in, if the going gets tough.
For our courses, we strongly believe in the "Learning by Doing"-concept as well as small group sizes. Expect lots of climbing!
4) Private Guiding: As for any of our private guiding weeks, we enjoy optimal flexibility! The Canadian Rockies offer all you can dream of, regardless if you are a beginner in alpine rock or you have been climbing for decades and want to trade leads with your guide
ALPINE ROCK CLIMBING CAMP
1. Technical Equipment
• Approach shoe, a sturdy trekking boot for alpine approaches
• Running shoe or light approach shoe for easier approaches
• Rock climbing shoes*
• Climbing backpack (30-35 liters) with rain cover if possible. Some have built-in rain covers (Deuter backpacks). Rain covers can also be bought separately. Otherwise bring a big plastic (garbage) bag as an inside liner for your backpack.
• Climbing helmet**
• Collapsible ski poles* (recommended on some approaches, better for knees)
• 1 harness with gear slings**
• 6 quickdraws** (2 carabiners with a short sling of webbing)
• 3 locking carabiners**
• 1 HMS (large locking) carabiner**
• 3 long slings of webbing (single shoulder)**
• 2 long slings of webbing (double shoulder) or one cordelette (8mm)**
• 1 figure 8 or other belaying/repelling device**
• 2 prusiks: (3,5 meter long rope slings, both 5-6mm wide)**
• Single rope (10-11mm wide, 50-60m long) or double rope (8-9mm wide, 50-60m long) per climbing team**
• 1 set of wired nuts (stoppers) per climbing team**
• 1 set of cams (friends/camelots) per climbing team**
All items marked ‘*’ can be rented from a rental shop locally.
All items marked ‘**’ can be provided by OnTop. Let us know ahead of time if you need any of these items. Please bring your own equipment if you have it.
We suggest using the ‘layer system’: Light technical clothing that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly if sweaty or wet. Layers can be put on and taken off fast if weather conditions change during the day.
• Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
• Wind and waterproof over pants with side zippers (Gore Tex or similar)
• Mountaineering pants
• Fleece or heavy jacket
• Medium weight fleece sweater
• Long underwear or running tights (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
• Undershirt - preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
• Warm socks for trekking/mountaineering boots (wool/synthetic outers)
• Lighter socks for rock climbing shoes
• Warm hat, covering your ears
• Lightweight gloves (fleece)
• Sun hat, with a wide brim if possible
• Bandana (optional)
3. Hut lodging (if included in the program)
• Spare underwear, socks
• Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional)
• Light sleeping bag liner (preferably silk) – blankets are provided in the huts
• Light hut slippers (optional)
• Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized (optional)
• Toiletries and small towel (optional)
• Alpine Club card (if you hold a membership)
• Ear plugs (optional but very useful)
4. Other Items
• Sun glasses (with very good UV protection)
• Sun screen and lip protection
• Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter or camelbak (if too cold, bladder tube might freeze up!)
• Head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
• Blister kit (optional)
• Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.)
• Personal items (prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses, etc.)
• Pocket knife or leatherman (optional)
• (Health/Travel) insurance documents
• Zip-lock bag for wallet and other documents to keep them dry (recommended)
• Camera, batteries (optional)
• Compass, maps and GPS (optional)