Instructional Classes

Introduction to Outdoor Lead Climbing

The exciting world of outdoor lead climbing could be described with a variety of words, from commitment and focus, to fulfillment, dedication, and much more. The emotions and terms that people relate to the art of lead climbing are almost as diverse as those who choose to do it, however there is one thing that everyone can agree on, the level of risk and danger are significantly increased. Choosing to tie into the “sharp end” can be the next step along a journey of increased opportunity and adventure, but as always it’s important to read the fine print.  Proper instruction and risk navigation is a must. Participants must have taken Climb Nova Scotia’s Intro to Outside Climbing or equivalent course and be comfortable top-roping at least 5.8 grade routes. 

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Basic Self Rescue Course

This course is designed to be an introduction to the world of Self Rescue and to help participants answer that age old climbing question “What if?” The techniques and skills covered in this course reflect commonly used practices designed to increase the likelihood of success should an emergency or Self Rescue situation arise. Whenever possible, course materials are laid out in a progressive approach where less-technical skill sets begin to build and compound into multi-step techniques. Participants need to be comfortable climbing outside in single pitch environments.

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Advanced Self Rescue Course


  • Must have led a minimum of 5 pitches of traditional climbing 5.7 or above.
  • Must have led or seconded, a minimum of 3 multi-pitch climbs.
  • Participants should be comfortable with common techniques of single pitch climbing as well as building a traditional gear anchor, administering a top-belay, setting up a rappel, managing a belay station, and using a number of common climbing knots.

The ultimate goal for this course is for students to possess the core skills and knowledge necessary to handle a variety of self rescue scenarios in a variety of environments. During or upon completion of the course, it is a goal to have all students demonstrate a competent understanding of the course material, to a point where the instructor feels they can properly apply these concepts on their own.

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Introduction to Climbing Outside

Picture this: You meet someone you vibe with, really CONNECT with, and you want to take it to the next level, know what I mean? So you’re talking, and they’re all like ‘hey I want to get high,’ and you’re all like ‘nah, no 420 for me,’ but then you realize they’re pointing up in the air and making rock climbing movements. You don’t have the skills to pay the bills. You need to learn how to tie a figure 8, build a top rope anchor, and most importantly, not kill you and your new best friend.

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Introduction to Trad Climbing

Have you ever thought ‘top roping and sport leading are just too cheap, safe, logistically simple, and make my pack TOO LIGHT while I hike into easily accessible, really fun crags with a bunch of my friends?’ Do you then think ‘I have an extra thousand dollars sitting around for gear and want to be able to take longer to climb easier routes in a much more dangerous style, on dirty rock, with a heavy pack, with just one crusty friend, while my fingers get weaker and weaker, meaning I’m forever alienated from sport and bouldering?’ If this sounds like you, sign up for our ‘Introduction to trad climbing’ course, where you’ll learn how to place and evaluate gear so that you can have a pants-soakingly terrifying time on 15m of 5.8.

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