Learn to Lead: Trad Edition 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: June 10 + 11, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $375 + applicable taxes
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack

Learn to Lead: Trad Course is Full

Our Learn to Lead: Trad course is now full. Be the first one on the wait list!

Let the mountains be your playground

Photo by Jeff Stewart

Photo by Jeff Stewart

To progress is a human trait that we all strive to achieve. Let this spill over into your climbing career with progressing into traditional climbing. We all love playing with climbing gear, let’s admit it, but now it’s time to walk the walk!

The Canadian Rockies are a world class destination that host thousands of climbers from around the world to test themselves on our rock. To have the access that we have as Canadians is easily taken for granted. As climbers, this isn’t an option for each time we drive a road, each time we round a corner, our heads swivel looking out and up, imagining what we can do, could do, what we will do.

Next Level Climbing

Our Learn to Lead: Trad Edition camp is designed to take you to the next level in climbing. Starting indoors, then top roping outside, to clipping bolts on lead and now placing your own gear, the world starts to look a lot different when the mountains you have stared at open up in front of you. Now you can look at any mountain and with the skills learned form this course, you can stick your nose in and explore a lot more terrain.

Led and taught by experienced ACMG guides, we will take you through the skills and decision you need to be confident when trad climbing. From gear, to placements, to anchors, communication and all that lies between, you will come out of this course empowered to expand your horizons. Climbing isn’t hard, but your mind certainly plays enough tricks on you to make you think it. With the knowledge and confidence you will gain from the ACC’s Learn to Lead course, take yourself up a notch and give yourself the credit you deserve as you finish the last pitch of the day.

Top slider: all images by Kris Irwin

Planned Itinerary

Learning the basics - Sonja Findlater

Learning the basics – Sonja Findlater

  • Saturday
    • Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. at 8:00 am
    • Car pool to climbing area and hike in
    • Review safety and basic climbing skills
    • Lear and practice gear placements
    • Rappelling and cleaning
    • Progress from top rope, to mock lead to leading
  • Sunday
    • Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co at 8:00 am

      Tri-cams: Tricky but great! - Jeff Stewart

      Tri-cams: Tricky but great! – Jeff Stewart

    • Car pool to climbing area and hike in
    • Review lessons from previous day
    • Practice gear placements
    • Continue progression from mock lead to lead

Gear, Food, Lodging


  • Instruction throughout the camp by ACMG guides
  • Ropes and group gear

Participants must provide:

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to/from Canmore and climbing areas (participants are expected to car pool)
  • All your meals
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
  • National Park passes (if required)

Level of Difficulty

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For those that already lead climb sport and with rope-handling and belay skills, this is the course for you. Difficulty of grade is not important for this course as hard skills will focus on lead trad climbing development. This is not a learn to climb course. This course is designed for those that already sport climb and want to develop their trad skills.


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    Sean Isaac

    Sean is an ACMG Alpine Guide, based out of Canmore AB. His passion for climbing is infectious and he has already helped many people improve their technique and push their grade. Sean is one of the leaders of the mixed climbing revolution in the Canadian Rockies and is the author of two books: How to Climb: Mixed Climbing, and Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Credited with first ascents in the too-many-to-count range on ice, mixed and alpine routes, Sean has taken his talents on the road and has done alpine expeditions and big wall climbing internationally in Peru, Patagonia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Baffin Island. As a professional photographer he has captured many of his exploits for all to enjoy and his mixed climbing talents have been featured in the movies Higher Ground and Beyond Gravity. Sean is also the editor of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ).

    Visit Sean’s website