OUTDOOR COURSES

THE COURSES

You want to develop your skills on the rock? You want to learn in an all-female group setting and be taught by a female guide? You came to the right place! Our series of courses are designed to help you learn new skills, no matter what your level is.

All courses are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are offered for free.

Through this program, we want to help encourage female guides in the industry, so all guides are paid for their expertise.

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Registration is now open! 

Intro to Drytooling (QC) 

Come and learn drytooling with Nathalie Fortin. Nathalie is a passionate ice climber and drytooler! This drytooling clinic for women is a chance to try a unique and different activity! Drytooling is the use of ice axes on rock. It's an activity that allows you to climb outdoors, rain or shine. It also allows you to prepare for the ice season and not be caught off guard when parts of ice routes have rock.

Participants must know how to belay. You must bring your own harness, belay device and helmet. Climbing will be done without crampons. We will use climbing shoes with hotshots left inside them between climbs. You can use good walking shoes or boots with a good grip too but it is easier with climbing shoes. The entrance to the park is 12$.

  • Date: Saturday November 13th
  • Location: Montagne d'argent (La Conception), QC
  • Cost: FREE
  • 9 participants
  • Guide: Nathalie Fortin
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PAST EVENTS

Intro to Outdoor Climbing (ON) 

Are you a gym climber looking to try your skills on real rock? Join PCGI SPG guide Kate Stewart at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area for Crag Orientation. Climbers will have the opportunity to try outdoor rock climbing, learn how to safely transition indoor climbing skills to an outdoor environment, and learn new skills and etiquette required for responsible outdoor climbing. 
 
Participants should bring their own harness and climbing shoes. A helmet and all other equipment will be provided.
  • Date: October 24th
  • Location: Rattlesnake Point, Milton, ON
  • Cost: FREE
  • 6 participants
  • Guide: Kate Stewart

 

Rock Rescue (BC) 

This Women’s Rock Rescue Course covers high angle rock rescue techniques to help provide a good foundation of skills to problem solve and get out of trouble on single pitch and multipitch climbs. This one day course will cover: Outdoor Climbing Safety, Hazard Management & Emergency Communication, Review of Knots and Hitches, Escape the Climbing System, Hauling Systems, Technical Descents and Rappels, Rope Ascension, Self-Rescue and Strategies for Petite Rescuers.

Participants must bring: helmet, harness, belay device with guide mode, anchor material (2 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners, 120cm sling, 240cm sling), rock rescue kit (in addition to the anchor material gear – 2-4 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners, 2-5m 7mm cordalette, 1-1.5m 7mm cordalette or hollow block), 1 Prussik Minding Pulley & 1 Regular Pulley, and if possible a micro traxion and tibloc

  • Date: October 17th
  • Location: Squamish, BC
  • Cost: FREE
  • 6 participants
  • Guide: Teresa Yau

 

Intro to Leading Trad (BC) 

Join professional climber and ACMG Rock Guide, Bronwyn Hodgins, for a one-day Intro to Leading Trad course in Canada's trad climbing mecca, Squamish! During the course, participants will learn how to recognize safe gear placements and will practice both cleaning and placing their own gear. Everyone will have a chance to mock lead -- lead with the security of a top rope as back up -- a traditionally protected climb, with Bronwyn providing insightful feedback on their placements and gear spacing. We will also review bolted anchor set-ups and build gear anchors together. Participants must have outdoor climbing experience and are recommended to have some experience leading sport routes and/or following trad. By the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of the risks and hazards in trad climbing, and be able to safely lead a traditionally protected single pitch on their own!

Participants must have their own personal equipment (harness, shoes, helmet). All other equipment will be provided.

  • Date: October 16th
  • Location: Squamish, BC
  • Cost: FREE
  • 6 participants
  • Guide: Bronwyn Hodgins

 

Intro to Trad Climbing (BC) 

This Intro to Trad Climbing course for women consists mainly of ground school, where the basics of climbing will be reviewed and trad equipment and gear will be introduced. Climbers will learn how to place gear, build and assess anchors, manage rope, and follow and mock lead single pitch trad climbs.

Participants must bring: helmet, harness, belay device, climbing shoes, chalk bag, rope, trad gear, a few draws & nut tool, anchor building material (2 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners, 120cm sling and 240cm sling)

  • Date: October 9th
  • Location: Squamish, BC
  • Cost: FREE
  • 6 participants
  • Guide: Teresa Yau