Personalized programs for climbers of every skill level at Rattlesnake Point in Milton, Ontario or Elora, Ontario.
Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Ever want to try outdoor rock climbing on real rock? This program is great for the experienced gym climber or the total beginner. Proper belaying and knot tying will be taught or reviewed as required. A variety of climbs will be set up to meet your personal climbing goals.
This 11-hour top rope anchors course will give you the knowledge you need to safely set up your own outdoor rock climbs and take you from the gym to the crag. The course covers fall protection when working on top of the cliff, choosing strong anchors, equalizing anchors, tying essential climbing knots, use of ground anchors and belaying with non-locking devices.
Prerequisite: Experience with tying in and belaying
This outdoor lead climbing course is designed for indoor lead climbers wanting to make the transition to outdoor lead climbing. You will learn the essential skills needed to safely lead climb outdoors on bolted routes, including how to lower and rappel off the finish bolts, how to bail off a route, tips for cleaning your route, using a stick-clip to clip the first bolt and how to stick-clip past a crux while on the climb. We will also cover safety tips for unique situations you might experience while leading and belaying outdoors.
This full day course is designed for those wishing to move into multi-pitch lead climbing. This course will teach you all the skills needed to make the transition into multi-pitch climbing on bolted routes. Hanging belays, belaying from the anchors, rope management and multi-pitch rappelling techniques will be covered in detail. Choosing the proper route, belay/rappel device and rope length will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Sport Lead Climbing Outdoors (or similar experience)
This one-day course is designed to give you a solid foundation in performing climbing-related rescue techniques. You will learn how to ascend and descend your rope with various techniques, conduct mid-rope load transfers, tie rescue knots and hitches, tie off and escape your belay, and remove hair pulled into a belay or rappel device. With this knowledge, many climbing accidents can be turned into minor inconveniences.
Prerequisite: Top Rope Anchors, or Sport Lead Climbing Outdoors (or similar experience)
The new skills you learn solo climbing will allow you to safely practice solo top rope climbing. We will go over how to use solo climbing devices and how to set up your rope for solo climbing. By the end of this course, you will have all the necessary skills to climb independently without a partner.
Prerequisite: Top Rope Anchors (or similar experience).
Gain the knowledge and confidence to lead climb on traditional protection. You will learn how to place your own protection, build belay anchors, rope management, belay your second, choosing and racking your equipment. You will also practice aid climbing - a technique that tests how your placements react under a load which can help you get past a hard crux and avoid a potential fall. On this course you will be on a top rope solo device as you trad lead up single pitch routes. This maximizes the amount of climbs you get to do and allows the instructor to rappel and ascend beside you for guidance when needed. Participants will then top belay each other on their trad anchors for belay practice and cleaning routes.
This course is for those already leading single pitch on traditional protection. Similar to our Trad and Aid Climbing: Single Pitch course, climbers will be on true multi-pitch lead while being backed up on solo top rope. This allows the instructor to ascend and rappel up and down a separate rope to guide the leader and second as needed. The instructor will be with you at all times as you set up hanging belays, lead new pitches, re-rack equipment and learn rope and belay station management. This style of instruction will give you and your partner a true multi-pitch experience while being under constant supervision.
Prerequisite: Trad and Aid Climbing Single Pitch (or similar experience)
This course is intended for those who want to venture out ice climbing on their own. You will learn how to set up your own ice climbs, use ice screws and use alternative ice and snow anchors for climbing. You will also learn to equalize multiple anchor points with webbing, sewn slings, and cordelette. The fine art of re-sharpening damaged ice screws will also be covered.
Prerequisite: Top Rope Anchors, and Intro to Ice Climbing