The Outdoor lead Lesson

from gym to Crag in our learn to Rock Climb Series.

 

The Outdoor Lead Lesson is our most popular summer rock program, hosted in partnership with our friends at the Calgary Climbing Center, this course is designed to help you to take your indoor climbing experience into the outdoors this summer and provides essential skills for hundreds of students each summer season.

This program is the only of it's kind available in the Calgary and Canmore area that provides a combination of indoor training at Calgary's best indoor climbing facilities with the Calgary Climbing Centers ACMG Certified Climbing Gym Instructors, and is followed by a full day's instruction outdoors with our Cloud Nine, IFMGA & ACMG Certified Mountain Guides, providing a fluid progression from your gym to the crags. Ages 14 and up welcome, and perfect for families or you and your gym crew.

This 1.5 day course is offered every weekend from April through September, with two separate courses available each weekend, and mid week courses offered during high season.

 


 
*NOTE*
When booking this course via our website, your booking will be registered directly with The Calgary Climbing Center. The Booking Terms and Conditions that apply to your registration will be those provided by The Calgary Climbing Center alone, and those provided by Cloud Nine Guides will not apply. Contact our Program Managers for more details.

 

 

  3 Hour indoor training session

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

  Full day outdoor training session

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

  EQUIPMENT INCLUDED IN YOUR BOOKING

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

  INDOOR & OUTDOOR TRAINING

FOR A SMOOTH PROGRESSION IN YOUR TRAINING
 

  COURSES AVAILABLE EVERY WEEKEND

APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

 

Book your seat here:

Every weekend April through September

meet the guides: The c9 collective

 

Vincent Lauzon - Cloud Nine Guides
Simon Meis - IFMGA Mountain Guide - Senior / Core Guide - Cloud Nine Guides
Mike Trehearne - Cloud Nine Guides
Dustin Klatt - Cloud Nine Guides

Course Details:

 

 

Day 1 

The course starts with 3 hours of training in the evening at the CCC climbing gym.
 

In this 3hr session, you will cover the basics of lead climbing in the gym before hitting the rock. This session builds a solid foundation to take outside with you onto the rock. You will learn different clipping techniques, understand how to belay with a GRIGRI, and clipping Anchors, as well as take part in a mock lead and live lead, too.
 

Students will be able to demonstrate the following: 
 
  • Finger and Thumb clipping
  • Demonstrate the Clipping zone
  • Identify incorrect clipping & how to correct them
  • Demonstrate how to clip anchors
  • Demonstrate the correct lead belaying skills
  • Stacking a rope and identifying problems in the rope
  • Confidently lead a route moving around the route efficiently 
  • Demonstrate a live lead, a take and a fall while on lead
  • Students will catch a live lead fall

 

Day 2 

The outdoor portion of the course 
 

In this part of the course, you will be at a local crag to the Bow Valley, no more than an hours drive from the town of Canmore. You will focus on putting everything into practice that you have learned the evening before, along with some other things that can't be covered during the indoor portion of the course. 

What students will learn in the outdoor portion:
 
  • Build upon leading skills and technique
  • Clipping quickdraws into Bolts
  • The importance of correctly placed quickdraws
  • Building anchors
  • Cleaning anchors
  • Live Lead outdoors
  • Live build of an anchor
  • Live clean of an anchor

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

The following is and Gear, Clothing and Equipment list. You will be required to arrive with these items on course.

EQUIPMENT
  • Water Bottle or Collapsible Water Bladder (1L)
  • Rock Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (min. SPF 50+)
  • Camera, batteries, memory cards & accessories
  • Daypack (at minimum, 1 x 35-40L backpack. In addition a 30L option may be appropriate for some days)
CLOTHING
  • Jacket
  • Gore-Tex Jacket (for wet weather days only)
  • Gore-Tex Pant (for wet weather days only)
  • Buff Style Neck Tube / Headband
  • Sunhat (ballcap or full brim bucket style)
  • Thin Insulated Gloves (multiple pairs [3 min] for rope work)
OTHER
  • Lunch 
  • Water

 

WAIVER - Release of Liability & Indemnity Agreement

All participants, or their legal guardians wishing to participate on any Cloud Nine Programs, must acknowledge that they have been presented this document in advance of programming, 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

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