Learn to Lead Sport Climb

Course Details

This program will provide you with the skill set required to learn how to lead on bolted sport routes or more popularly termed – ‘sport climbing’.  You will learn about appropriate route selection based on your ability level, learn how to plan and prepare for your route using guidebooks and other resources to ensure you are prepared before leaving the ground.

Skill Level

This program is for intermediate level climbers with some time spent top roping indoors and outdoors as well.  Climbing gym experience not necessary but advantageous.


This course will take place at an ideal sport climbing venue in beautiful Banff National Park or surrounding areas around the equally stunning scenery of Canmore, Alberta.


This is a 2 day course that takes place typically on a weekend with a 4:1 ratio with an ACMG Mountain Guide with over 18 years of guiding and instructional experience.

Course Costs

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*Please add 5% sales tax to the above amounts. *Additional expenses such as food, gear rental, park fees, transportation or accommodation not included. 4:1 Student to ACMG Instructor Ratio

learn to sport climb

Course Dates

August 3rd & 4th 2019

Course Information

Learn to Lead Sport Climb is an intermediate level course.


  • How lead a fixed protection route safely.
  • How to belay a lead climber and what the difference are from belaying a top rope climber.
  • How to set up an anchor using fixed anchor bolts.
  • How to clean the anchors and either lower or rappel back down safely.

You will learn the following:

  • We will focus on belaying the leader and explain the profound difference that exist when  belaying a climber on lead.
  •  Learn how to clip bolts by learning which direction they should be clipped as well as how to clip the rope into the quickdraw appropriately
  • You will learn how to find good stances for clipping  and how to optimize your energy levels while leading.
  • Learn how to set up an anchor for top roping using your own climbing equipment
  • You will learn how to build anchors on bolted stations and how to evaluate the strength of individual fixed anchor points.
  • We will show you how to evaluate whether to lower or to rappel down a single pitch route safely with back-ups and to understand why which technique is better suited for the anchor configuration.

CanRock Mountain Guides instructors are committed to giving their students highly personalized instruction with exceptionally low 4:1 student to instructor ratios.

This is not the industry norm, in fact most of our competitors facilitate their programs 6:1 ratios & charge the same rates.  

CanRock Mountain Guide’s low ratio programs allows your instructor to give meaningful & timely feedback in a small group setting and ensure each student’s learning style is accommodated.

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