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1-day Intro to Rock Climbing in Squamish, BC, Canada

Join IFMGA mountain guide Brian Jones for a thrilling introductory 1-day rock climbing course in the beautiful setting of Squamish, BC


1 Day

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov


First Time


* Ignite your passion for climbing with an experienced and enthusiastic guide

* Discover Squamish, its stunning nature and the views over Howe Sound

* Take advantage of a small group to fast track your climbing improvements


Located one hour’s drive north of Vancouver, BC, Squamish is a beautiful country town with stunning forest and mountain wilderness perfect for rock climbing.

After meeting in Squamish town, I will take you climbing at Smoke Bluffs Park, often thought of as a haven for climbers with its over 400 routes. This granite rock face also will also provide you with spectacular views over Howe Sound, the majestic network of fjords situated below.

I’m providing this great 1-day introductory rock climbing course that will see you learning and practising all the requisite skills to ensure a successful beginning to your climbing endeavours.

The first half of the day I will teach you the basic skills and you will have time to practice them thoroughly. Then, in the second half of the day, you will put your newly-acquired skills to the test will have the possibility to progress onto harder climbs if you want.

Skills to be learnt include a variety of climbing techniques, rope management, belay systems, rappelling and the principles of anchoring. However, before you get practical I will deliver a comprehensive briefing on safety, the equipment, knots and the climbing principles.

I instruct with a maximum of 6 climbing students and this low ratio allows me to give instant feedback to all the climbers and to observe all your efforts.

If this trip sounds like fun then don’t hesitate in signing up, I can’t wait to ignite your passion for climbing in this spectacular setting!

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Price includes

- Guiding fee


More info

Please bring with you: Footwear - lightweight hiking shoes/runners to access the climbing sites. Please don't use sandals. Day-pack (big enough for your gear plus climbing ropes and equipment) Outer layer rain jacket - Gore-Tex style Comfortable clothing for climbing outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (no jeans) Sunglasses Fleece jacket or sweater Sunscreen Insect repellant (keep in Ziploc bag away from any climbing equipment) Personal 1st aid (small blister kit, personal medications, etc.) Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.) Drink bottles - minimum 1 litre Bring a lunch, drink & snacks, as there are no other options nearby

Meeting point

We will meet at the Squamish Adventure Centre, located on the East side of Highway 99 just past the entrance to downtown Squamish. The climbing sites we use are in the Smoke Bluffs Park, all within a short walking distance of the Adventure Centre. You will meet your group at 0800, unless otherwise instructed.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Squamish-based IFMGA Mountain Guide Brian Jones is the owner/operator of Canada West Mountain School. Established in 1982, Canada West Mountain School is one of the premier Mountain Guiding and Training centres in Canada.

Brian offer Mountain Guiding services, Instructional Training courses and Custom programs in all aspects of mountain travel and safety in Canada and around the World.





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What people are saying about this trip



Phil was great! he built me a custom made climbing day and we gone through many new techniques in one half a day. thanks a lot I learned so muce. looking forward to climbing the Chief with you next year!

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