Camp Highlights

  • Sport climbing and trad climbing editions available
  • Professional instruction by fully ACMG-certified guides
  • Canmore clubhouse accommodation available for small fee
  • Max. 6:1 participant to guide ratio

Dates & price

  •  June 15th - 16th, 2019 (Sport)
  •  July 13th - 14th, 2019 (Trad)
  • $350 + Tax / Person

Kick Off Your Sport or Trad Climbing Career Right With These ACC Weekend Courses


Are you an indoor climber wanting to transition to outdoors but intimidated by the risks? Are you comfortable climbing on bolts but lacking the confidence to start leading trad routes independently? 

No matter your background, either our Learn to Lead Sport or Learn to Lead Trad course will teach you the required skills. Many experienced climbers will tell you that when it comes to  safety, it is important to get into the right habits from day 1. Taking one of these course will ensure just that.

Get professional orientation to the spectacular rock climbing on offer in the Bow Valley and kick off your lead-climbing career right this summer with the ACC!

Camp Objectives

Your "classroom" could be anywhere from the front range crags in Kananaskis all the way through to the "back of the lake" crags at Lake Louise. The climbing areas will be determined by your guide(s) based on a number of factors i.e. weather, distance, group size and dynamics.

Sport Edition
Our experienced guide will take you through basic to advanced techniques that will give you the knowledge and confidence to head out on your own sport climbing. Climb 5.5? Climb 5.13? Doesn’t matter, this course will focus on skills development rather than grade of climb. This will allow all participants to learn on an equal footing.

Trad Edition
We will take you through the skills and decisions you need to be confident when leading trad climbs. From gear, to placements, to anchors, communication and all that lies between, you will come out of this course empowered to expand your horizons.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

Sport Edition

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
  • Rappelling and cleaning, progress from top rope, to mock lead to leading

Sunday:

  • Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co at 8:00 am
  • Car pool to climbing area and hike in
  • Review lessons from previous day
  • Continue progression from mock lead to lead

Trad Edition

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
  • Learn to place and clean gear placements
  • Progress from top rope, to mock lead to leading

Sunday:

  • Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co at 8:00 am
  • Car pool to climbing area and hike in
  • Review lessons from previous day
  • Further practice on gear placements
  • Continue progression from mock lead to lead

     

Is this Camp For Me?
Sport Edition - Entry Level

Sport Edition - This camp is designed for those with little or no previous climbing or mountaineering experience and will help you get started and build your confidence. However, you must have a good level of fitness and be able to carry up to a 16 – 18kg (35 – 40lb) pack for several hours.

Trad Edition - Intermediate

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.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food
To keep the cost of this course as low as possible for participants, food will not be provided as part of the course. So please brink along your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or favoured alternative), a packed lunch and some snacks for both days.

Accommodation

Accommodation at the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore is available for a small additional fee (pending availability). Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, our purpose built hostel is the perfect place to relax while completing your course.

For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.

Guiding

Our guiding team will comprise of ACMG-certified guides with a maximum 6:1 participant to guide ratio to ensure you get sufficient one-on-one coaching. Our guides know the Bow Valley inside out and will be able to recommend future routes and crags to further your skills. 

  • Doing the Learn to Lead course helped me progress my rock climbing rapidly and I now feel much safer taking out less experienced partners
  • Climbing on cams and nuts always scared me! The weekend has given me the confidence boost I needed
  • Our excellent guide taught me new tips and tricks and pointed out things I could do more safely
- Past Learn to lead Course Participants -

Adventure Map

more information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

  Gear list

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 2 days professional instruction from ACMG certified ski guides 
  • Maximum ratio of 6 participants per guide
  • All ropes and group equipment

Participants Must Provide

  • Accommodation (Canmore Clubhouse accommodation is available for a small additional fee subject to availability)
  • Transportation to and from the field location on Day 1 and 2
  • Meals and lunches
  • Personal gear (seegear list)

Your Guides

Kris Irwin

Kris is an ACMG Alpine Guide. He lives in Banff with his wife Ellen, daughter Aria, and their dog Ruby.

Kris is certified to lead all types of rock, ice, and mountain climbs. He has been climbing in the mountains at home and abroad since 2004. Although he feels most at home on the classic ice climbs in the Rockies he has also made several first ascents in Alaska in the past few years.

Kris is one of the most active waterfall ice climbing guides in the winter and in the summer can be seen leading guests throughout the Rockies, Bugaboos and Rogers Pass. An excellent instructor and personable guide, Kris always gets rave reviews from his guests


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).


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