The Outdoor lead Lesson

TAKE YOUR ROCK CLIMBING FROM THE GYM TO THE MOUNTAIN CRAGS THIS SUMMER SEASON

 

The Outdoor Lead Lesson (Learn to Lead Rock Climbing Course) is our most popular entry-level summer rock climbing course, hosted in Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise. Organized in partnership with our friends at The Calgary Climbing Centre, this course is designed to help you to take your indoor climbing experience into the outdoors this summer, providing essential sport (rock) climbing skills for hundreds of students each summer season.

This program is the only of its kind available in the Calgary and Canmore area, providing a combination of indoor training at Calgary's best indoor climbing facilities and a full day of rock climbing outdoors.

Before joining us outdoors, dial in the basics with an indoor Lead Lesson and Lead Belay check at the Calgary Climbing Centre. This will ensure you get professional-level training and time to practice indoors, before moving onto rock.

Once you have your Lead Belay check done, you're ready to join our full day of instruction outdoors with our Cloud Nine IFMGA & ACMG Certified Mountain Guides. Our outdoor course offers a comfortable skills progression for rock climbing safely to prepare you to climb on your own this summer season. Ages 14 and up are welcome, with the course being the perfect fit for families or you and your gym crew.

This course is offered every weekend from April through September, with two separate courses available each weekend and mid-week courses available as private bookings.

This program is often exceptionally busy and typically books a month or more in advance. We suggest booking early to ensure availability, in particular if you're looking to join us with the family or your crew.


 
*NOTE ON BOOKING*

**It is a requirement that you have completed your lead belay check prior to booking onto this course. If you have not completed your belay check, but you know how to Lead belay then please schedule a Lead Belay Check at a CCC Location of your Choice.
If you do not know how to lead climb and/or belay please register for an indoor lead lesson at the CCC Location of your choice. Book here - https://www.calgaryclimbing.com/programs **

 

  indoor training session Available Through CCC

LEARN AND REFINE CLIPPING, LEAD CLIMBING & LEAD BELAYING WITH A GRIGRI
 

  Full day outdoor training session

LEARN TO LEAD CLIMB, TOP ROPE, BUILD & CLEAN ANCHORS
+ MOVEMENT SKILLS COACHING
 

  EQUIPMENT INCLUDED IN YOUR BOOKING

HARNESS, HELMET & ALL TECHNICAL GEAR INCLUDED - OR BRING YOUR OWN
 

  COURSES AVAILABLE EVERY SUMMER WEEKEND

FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 

 
3-HOUR INDOOR TRAINING SESSION AT THE CALGARY CLIMBING CENTER - HANGAR LOCATION
 
**Please note this is not included in the price and must have been completed at a CCC gym near you before you can lead outdoors**
Visit - https://www.calgaryclimbing.com/programs/

 

In this 3hr session, you will cover the basics of lead climbing in the gym before hitting the rock outdoors. This session builds a solid foundation and helps to create a gentle transition into the outdoor climbing venue for the field day. You will learn different clipping techniques and understand how to belay with a GRIGRI as well as take part in a mock lead, live lead, and a series of practice falls.

Once you have completed this session you may move to the outdoor program.

You'll learn the following during the indoor training session: 
 
  • Finger and Thumb clipping
  • Demonstrate the Clipping zone
  • Identify incorrect clipping & how to correct it
  • How to clip anchors
  • Best practices for lead belaying
  • Stacking rope and identifying potential damage to your cord
  • Confidently and efficiently lead climb a route indoors 
  • Demonstrate a live lead and practice lead falls
  • Learn techniques for catching a live lead fall

 

Day 2 

FULL DAY OF OUTDOOR TRAINING - KANANASKIS, CANMORE, BANFF, OR LAKE LOUISE
 

During the Outdoor Training day, we'll be at a local crag in the Bow Valley, no more than an hour's drive from the town of Canmore. We begin with a discussion on learning how to recognize hazards present at the crags and dive into a gear and equipment discussion, then continuing onto building IDEAL multipoint anchors, mock leads, anchor cleaning, and then live leads for those ready to give it a roll. Generally, there is plenty of time to repeat the entire process of selecting a route, leading, cleaning, rinse, and repeat to help engrain the new skill sets before the day wraps up. 

 

What you will learn in the outdoor training session:
 
  • Learn to ID specific hazards associated with outdoor sport climbing and tactics to mitigate the risk associated with them
  • Discussion on the strengths and limitations of all equipment used, and its correct application
  • Learn to build IDEAL multi-point anchors (ground training)
  • Learn to clean (retrieve) your IDEAL anchors (ground training)
  • Learn to build quickdraw (low-use) anchors (ground training)
  • Learn best practices for lead belaying a climber outdoors using a GRIGRI
  • Learn to correctly place quickdraws
  • Plenty of "mock-lead" practice before the main event
  • Build your first anchors live and at height
  • Clean your first anchors live and at height
  • Learn to put the complete skill set together: select and lead your first pitches of outdoor sport climbing

 

Logistics

Logistics to consider ahead of your Outdoor Lead Lesson Course:

  • ACCOMMODATION:

    Most students find it best to drive out to join us the morning of the Outdoor Training day. However, if you're looking to get a little closer to our field day location beforehand, we would suggest the following accommodation options in Canmore, Banff & Lake Louise.
     

  • TRIP FOOD & MEAL PROGRAMS:
    • Students are responsible for their own meals during both the indoor and outdoor components of the Outdoor Lead Lesson.
       
  • TRANSPORTATION: 
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation on the course.
       
  • NATIONAL PARK ENTRY PASSES: 
    • Students are responsible for obtaining a National Park entry pass for their field days if required (Banff National Park) or to have their vehicle registered for a Kananaskis Conservation Pass.

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

The following is a Gear, Clothing, and Equipment list. You will be required to arrive with these items on course. Feel free to bring as much of your own gear and equipment as you would like to review and use on the course.

  • Water Bottle or Collapsible Water Bladder (1L)
  • Rock Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (min. SPF 50+)
  • Camera, batteries, memory cards & accessories (optional)
  • Daypack (at minimum, 1 x 35-40L backpack. In addition, a 30L option may be appropriate for some days)

*NOTE* - All technical equipment not listed above such as harness, belay devices, quickdraws, ropes, slings etc. will be packed out and provided by us for you on your program. Feel free to bring as much of your own gear to use as you'd like, and your Guide will review it with you when you arrive on the course.

 

ESSENTIAL CLOTHING

  • Jacket
  • Gore-Tex Jacket (for wet weather days only)
  • Gore-Tex Pant (for wet weather days only)
  • Buff Style Neck Tube / Headband
  • Sun Hat (ball cap or full brim bucket style)
  • Thin Insulated Gloves (multiple pairs [3 min] for rope work)
  • Approach Shoes or Trail Runners (no need for heavy hiking boots, unless specifically requested by your Guide based on route or seasonal conditions)

 

OTHER

  • Lunch 
  • Water

 

OPTIONAL

 

  • Camp chair

 

TRIP CANCELLATION & INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

The best method to protect your investment with us should unforeseen arise, requiring you cancel your booking, is to purchase a Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance Policy. 

Lifestyle Insurance has covered many of Cloud Nine Guests on trips all over the world, and we have first-hand experience seeing these policies activated by our Guests. 

Safeguard your trip costs and investment with us. Request a Quote from Lifestyle Financial.

Is this coverage required?

  • For Canadian Residents, coverage is suggested but not required to register.
  • For Non-Canadian Citizens, coverage is suggested but not required. It is strongly suggested that your policy includes Emergency Medical Coverage, unless you carry an alternative policy which will respond in the event of medical emergency.

 

WAIVER - Release of Liability & Indemnity Agreement

Prior to booking you will be required to acknowledge that you have been provided a copy of our Waiver of Liability Agreement for your review. All participants, or their legal guardians wishing to participate on any Cloud Nine Programs, must acknowledge that they have been presented this document, have read it in its entirety, and understand the agreement being entered into by signing. While there is no obligation to enter into this agreement with us, it is a condition of our service provision. 

    REVIEW OUR WAIVER OF LIABILITY HERE

 

Booking TErms & Conditions

Before you book your course, please review our Booking Terms & Conditions. We do not accept bookings without your voluntary acceptance of these terms. Please read carefully as these terms outline specific policies and guidance for both our staff and clients with respect to refunds, cancellations, rescheduling, credit forward, refund exemptions etc.

    REVIEW OUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE

 

Book A PRIVATE GROUP Outdoor Lead Lesson

For those who prefer our smallest and most focused learning environments. Private Groups can book on course dates that suit you and your crew best, and one of our ACMG / IFMGA Mountain Guides will join you on your terms. You pick the Group Size, along with a Field Day venue and date outside those listed on the calendar.

How Do We Book It?

Contact our office to confirm availability for your preferred dates. We'll provide you with a private booking link for you and your group to register either together or individually.

LEARN TO ROCK CLIMB Series Courses:

 

Learn to Lead Rock Climbing Course

L1 - Outdoor Lead Lesson

Level 1 - Take your climbing from the Gym to the Crags. This Learn to Rock Climb Series Course is provided with our partners at the Calgary Climbing Center for $225/student.

Cloud Nine Guides - Aftonroe Intro to Multipitch Course

L2 - Multi Pitch Systems Course

Level 2 - Learn essential skills to Climb Multi Pitch Sport Routes on this 2 Day Course with our Partners at The Calgary Climbing Center. $475.00 / student.

Cloud Nine Guides - Trad Rock Systems - Learn to Trad Climb

L4 - Trad Rock Systems Course

Level 4 - Learn to place high-integrity traditional and natural protection. Lead your first traditionally protected pitch with our Guides beside you all the way up for $475/student.

ORTOVOX - Proud Supporting Partner of the Outdoor Rock Climbing Series Courses
Cloud Nine Mountain Guides are Internationally IFMGA Certified
Black Diamond Equipment is an Affiliate Supporting Partner of Cloud Nine Guides