Climbing


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Belay Test and Orientation

To use the climbing facility during open public hours, all users must first pass the Belay Test, complete an Orientation and fill out a Waiver/consent form. No booking required - just show up with your partner!

Mon-Friday 5-9 pm 
Sat and Sunday  12 pm to 6 pm


In the Belay Test you must successfully demonstration your ability to;
  • Put on a harness
  • Tie the Figure 8 follow through knot
  • Belay with an ATC or Gri-Gri
  • Catch a planned and surprise fall
  • Lower a climber
  • Communicate with your climbing partner
  • Demonstrate safety checks
There is no teaching or instruction provided in this test.   If an Outdoor Centre staff member has reason to believe you received any instruction less than 24 hours prior to taking this exam they have the right to refuse to administer the Belay test.  Don't have these skills?  Search for the Quick Intro program on our website. 

Youth under 7 
Are not permitted to belay, but can climb with an Adult or youth with a completed belay test. Supervision is required all at times. 

Youth 7-14
Must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a Youth Consent Form. Youth under the age of 14 must be directly supervised while belaying at all times by a responsible adult with a current belay card and orientation.

Youth 14-18
Must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a Youth Consent Form. Youth 14-18 are permitted to climb unsupervised after successfully completing an In Gym Orientation and Belay Test in the presence of their parent or legal guardian.

Climbing and Bouldering Wall Booking

Experiential programs as short as 1 hour and educational classes that cater to any skill level and interest.

Climbing
All of our lessons start with a brief (15-20min) lesson that covers basic belay skills and climbing safety, then the participants have the remaining time to apply these skills and climb.  In longer programs, Instructors can include additional rope skills, movement lessons and/or rappelling.

Bouldering
After learning bouldering safety and falling techniques (5min) participants receive free bouldering time as well as directed movement lesson(s) supported by engaging games and challenges.


For more information and costs email Ashley climb@ucalgary.ca

University Climbing Club

Fitting a climbing session into our busy lives is always a challenge, but finding a reliable, safe climbing partner with the same schedule can make this even harder. Led by one of our experienced climbing instructors, this club ensures that you enjoy a weekly climb in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisite: able to pass a belay test. Includes free equipment rentals on club nights, personalized feedback, 10% off climbing programs.

Multi-Pitch Climbing

Multi-pitch climbing with the Outdoor Centre is not your standard guided excursion; our ACMG certified guides blend incredible outdoor experiences with practical coaching and instruction.  Learn about direct anchor belays, rope management, anchor cleaning, rappelling, and outdoor safety while taking in the view off the side of a rock face. 

All climbers welcome - we will find a route that works for your skill level and interest.
1:1 and 1:2 guide to participant ratios

Offered May to the end of September
Email Ashley at  climb@ucalgary.ca to book your dates.

Beginner Climbing Series

Develop a complete climbing skills-base by learning safe belay skills and progressively building technical movement skills and knowledge. In this multi-week series, our experienced instructors blend instructional time with personalized coaching and provide plenty of time to practice. No experience required. Includes instructor, climbing equipment, shoes, free belay test credit.

Learn to Lead

This 3-hour course will prepare you to successfully and safely lead climb inside and outdoors. Learn about rope management, lead belaying, clipping, preventing injuries and simple sports anchors. Finish the course with practical lead climbing experience and all the skills you need to pass a lead climbing test. Prerequisite: must confidently climb 5.9 on top rope. Previous instruction on basic movement techniques recommended. Includes instructor, lead rack.

For outdoor dates see the "Complete Learn to Lead" program

Anchor Basics

Discover and practice easy-to-remember systems for building and cleaning anchors that will work in a wide variety of scenarios in this 3-hour course. There can be an overwhelming amount of information that comes with outdoor anchor systems but we believe that simple is safest.  Prerequisite: Learn to Lead or equivalent. Includes instructor and anchor-building materials.

For outdoor dates please see the 'Complete Learn to Lead' program

Complete Learn to Lead

Lead into new possibilities with this climbing combination course designed to get you off the ground and onto the sharp end. On our wall or at a local crag, you'll learn the fundamentals needed to safely lead climb sport routes outdoors and get back down again safely. This program includes both the Learn to Lead and Anchor Basics program for a total of 6 hours of instructional time at a discounted rate. 

Outdoor dates offered June to end of September.

Our dates don't match with your schedule? Request a private or group Complete L2L course on a day that works best for you by emailing Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca

Crack and Trad

Take full advantage of the finger to chimney-sized cracks in our unique facility to get a real-to-life crack climbing experience indoors! Not only will you twist, lock, jam, squeeze and thrash ’til it hurts so good, but participants will also learn to place and assess gear.
Outdoor dates offered spring and summer 

Rescue Tips and Tricks

This rock rescue course teaches fundamental techniques that can be applied in a wide variety of situations. Help your partner through that crux section, escape the belay or quickly descend to safety with uncomplicated solutions.

If you have taken Rock Rescue (or equivalent) with us before and are looking for a refresher receive $25% off when you call in to register.
403.220.5038 ext. 5

Outdoor dates offered June to end of September.  We can work with your schedule - request a private or group course on a day that works best for you by emailing Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca

Outdoor ABC’s

This one-day outdoor power program will teach you the skills to take your climbing outside on your own. Learn safe, easy to remember anchor systems for top roping and sport leading and then explore simple rescue tips and tricks that will prepare for those sticky situations. For the very keen, the option to play with crack movement and gear placement will also be available. This course covers all the must-knows for single-pitch rock climbing so you can get out and play safely this summer.

Offered May to the end of September
Our scheduled programs don’t work with your life?  Email Ashley climb@ucalgary.ca to request other dates.

Custom Outdoor Climbing

Learn climbing skills outdoors - on your schedule. We offer a full range of custom outdoor climbing experiences from introductory private and group lessons to outdoor lead climbing, rock rescue, and trad climbing.  Programs are available spring and summer at local climbing crags.
  • School Groups
  • Scouts/Girl Guides
  • Private groups
  • Birthday parties
  • Private lesson
For more information email Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca

Custom Adapted Climbing

Custom adaptive climbing programs for youth and adults with mental or physical considerations. These individualized programs will focus on developing physical literacy, confidence and a sense of success through climbing and bouldering.  

For more information, contact Ashley at climb@ucalgary.ca. Want to explore other adaptive programs? Search ‘Adaptive Programs’ on our website.