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Introduction to Rock Climbing
This course introduces the beginner to
the basics of rock climbing. At the end of the course participants will
be able to set up their own short climbs. Basic knots, rappelling and
safety systems will be covered. This is a basic course for those that
have only "wall" climbed, never climbed before, and will give
a foundation for future skills.
Just remember...climbing outdoors is a totally different experience than indoort climbing. We will develop safe skills that are unique to climbing in an outdoor natural environment.
One Day courses can be arranged as well. Call
All Rock Courses will start at
0900 on the scheduled day of the course.
All of the introductory rock
courses will begin on day one at "Morro Slabs". This
is a great place for day one, close to the road, more often than
not "dry", and has a great selection of beginner routes.
It does however tend to be windy!
Morro Slabs is located 17.3 km or 12 miles
east of Jasper on Highway 16 East.
If driving from Jasper it is
on the right hand side of the road, approx 17.3 km east of Jasper,
just east of the "Mile 12 bridge", in a small parking lot directly
below some cliffs.
If you are not sure contact us
before the course, we'll get you there!
Here is the Google Earth link. "Morro Slabs" pulloff
If you are coming from Edmonton the parking
area is on the left side of the road.
If you cross the bridge you have gone
The second day will be at a different
location, usually in the east end of Jasper National Park.
We will determine this on the first day.
The location we often use is called Hidden
Valley. This is located about 4km "west" of the Miette Hotsprings
turnoff in a 70 km zone. If coming in from Edmonton it is on the left
in a large paved pulloff. If driving from Jasper it is 36km east of the intersection on Highway 16 at the east end of Jasper
- climbing pants: stretchy nylon or synthetic, wool, wind resistant
- insulation layer top: pile, fleece, wool, layering system
- waterproof top layer: gortex, coated nylon, or similar jacket
- waterproof pants: similar to above, full zippers recommended
- toque- ski hat, for warmth
- light gloves: wool, leather, fleece
- pack: ~40 litre size
- water bottle
- lunch (bring a big lunch!)
- sunglasses/sunscreen/lip balm
Climbing gear (provided! but bring it if you own
- belay device/ rappel device
- 2 locking carabiners
- approach shoes/ rock shoes
- Rock shoes can be rented in Jasper at Gravity gear (852-3155)
Payment, transportation, and accomodation information