• Friday, Jul 15, 2022
  • Kananaskis, AB
  • Cost: 200

Event Details

Colour the Trails Alberta Chapter welcomes you to come to climb and learn on the lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy comprising the Siksika [Sik-see–gaa], Kainai [Gaa-Naw], and Piikani [Bee–gaa–knee] nations (also called Peigan), Stoney Nokada, Tsuut’ina [Soots-in–naw] First Nation and Metis region 3.

This event requires previous experience:

Participants should have a fair amount of prior top-roping experience (indoors or outdoors) and feel comfortable top-rope belaying, tying in, and the top-roping system. Folks who have come through our CTT 8 week progression series this winter, or have been regularly roped-climbing for a few months should be fine. Some folks might also do lots of bouldering and climb less often on a rope, but as long as they’re pretty comfortable with top-rope belaying and tying in, they’d be fine.

The full course is two days and will run:
8:00 am to 4pm on Friday, July 15th, and
8:00 am to 4pm on Saturday, July 16th
Venue to be determined closer to the date, likely Kananaskis and/or Banff National Park. Keep an eye on updates close to the date.

We tried our best to subsidize the cost to $200. A regular two-day lead climbing course cost around $430. This cost will allow us to facilitate this event and future CTT events.

The learn-to-lead course will introduce the following areas:
– Evaluation of hazards and managing risk
– Guidebooks, topos and planning a climbing day
– Equipment and strengths of materials
– Anchors
– Review of top rope belaying
– Lead belaying technique Strategies for lead climbing and quickdraw use
– Practice lead climbing (with a top rope belay as back-up)
– Cleaning anchors
– Rappelling

There may be an opportunity to progress to real lead climbing, as decided by the guide and each guest.

Each participant will need to bring:
Climbing helmet-Climbing harness-Rock shoes (All can be provided by request)

Belay/rappel device with a locking carabiner
One 120cm nylon sling with a locking carabiner -Optional:
13.5″ Sterling Hollow Block (or 1.5m x 7mm diameter cordalette) with a non-locking carabiner for rappel back-up
Water, snacks and lunch for the day (recommend 2L of water each day)
Personal hand sanitizer
Rain jacket, insulated jacket, toque, gloves and clothing layers appropriate for the day
Hiking shoes or boots to walk to the climbing area
Backpack (30L works well)
Sunglasses and sunscreen

Carpool might be organized in our Colour the Trails Alberta private facebook group.

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