Women's Intro to Climbing

Learn to climb rock in an all-female setting in and around the beautiful Bow Valley


Our women's programs are popular for their unique and supportive all-female settings. This brand-new addition to our lineup is no different. This course is meant for gym climbers who want to get their first taste of climbing outdoors, or for people who are brand new to the sport and want to start their climbing career off right. Led by female ACMG mountain guides and toprope climbing instructors, you're sure to get the personalized coaching on movement skills, mental focus and preparation, rope handling, and belayingthat you need to start out.

Fear is a normal part of climbing, and overcoming it can be one of the most rewarding things about the sport. Our experienced (and compassionate) staff will encourage you to push your boundaries and succeed, but have your safety and comfort as their higest priorities. Taking your first steps in the vertical world with a supportive group of like-minded women can go a long way towards making you comfortable enough to push yourself and try new things.

The first night, you'll meet your group at the Bell Cabin at the Canmore Clubhouse. The cost of the cabin is included in your course fee, and it's a great place to relax, socialize, and meet new friends. You'll also meet your instructor for the weekend, and go over the waivers, course goals, and itinerary. On Saturday morning, you'll carpool to the day's climbing destination. We've selected from the many excellent climbing crags around Canmore Banff, and Lake Louise based on their accessibility, the variety of climbs they offer, the weather, and the guides' personal preferences. Saturday and Sunday will be spent at local climbing crags.

You'll learn how to belay and climb, get tips and exercises to work on movement and climbing technique, and get a chance to sample a variety of outdoor climbing styles. In the evening, you'll be able to relax in the Bell cabin. Feel free to bring a yoga mat to stretch out your sore muscles for the next day on the patio overlooking the town of Canmore, visit the downtown recreation centre and soak in their hot tub, or relax with other participants and purchase a bottle of wine from the hostel front desk. Food is not included in this course, but there are numerous excellent restaurants to fit most budgets in Canmore, as well as a fully stocked kitchen in the Bell cabin.

There is a maximum guide to client ratio of 1:4 on this program: that will allow staff to set up topropes and coach individual climbers as needed. If this program gives you a taste for climbing, you may want to consider our Women's Alpine Rock & Multipitch camp to finish off your season!

Level of Difficulty: Introductory

This camp is suitable for beginners. You should have a decent level of fitness, and not have any medical conditions that prevent your participation. Be prepared to hike up to 30 minutes with a daypack (and possibly a rope) to access the crag.


  • July 13th - 15th, 2018
  • $550 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet in the Bell cabin at 6PM. Go over waivers, meet & greet, and review weekend's itinerary.
  • Day 2 & 3: Carpool to local climbing crag. Climbing, coaching, and instruction. 

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Dorm-style accommodation at the Bell cabin in Canmore (Friday & Saturday nights)
  • ACMG certified guiding and instruction on Saturday and Sunday
  • All group gear (ropes, anchors, first aid kit, and emergency communication devices)
  • Personal climbing gear and clothing (see gear list)
  • Food for the weekend
  • Transportation to and from the climbing areas (carpooling is encouraged)

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