Below is a list of courses offered by the section. Download the summary PDF for complete details. If you would like to know more and to register, please fill in a registration form.  Any questions, contact

Eligible participants who are trip coordinators may qualify for our course subsidy program.

Rock Rescue May 6-7 2017

The course consists of two days of single rope technique rescue systems (SRT) for dealing with an injured partner.

Participants will learn the basic technical aspects of rock rescue. The course will cover stacked rappel systems, ascending, lowers, raises, simple pulley systems, some basic lifts and carries and safety systems to prevent accidents.

Some of the material presented is not found in any of the current crop of self-rescue textbooks and simplifies some otherwise complex situations. Participants should be very comfortable tying in, belaying and rappelling. This course is not suitable for someone who just started climbing. Having a few climbs under your belt will ensure that you will not get lost in the technical details. In order to get the most from this course participants should thoroughly review knots and rope procedures before arriving.

Emergency Mountaineering First Aid - May 13-14 2017

This two-day course is specially designed to address common traumatic and environmental injuries encountered by hikers, climbers, skiers and anyone who travels in the outdoors.  The instructor has extensively researched the nature of outdoor mountain injuries and has vast experience as a mountain guide and as a trainer of Emergency Medical Technicians. He annually trains mountain guides and outdoor professionals in Advanced First Aid and trains the ACC GMC amateur leaders in wilderness first aid. The curriculum taught is the ECSI Wilderness First Aid program which is recognized by Labour Canada. The information and techniques presented will serve the average recreational mountain or wilderness traveler very well.

Multipitch Rock Efficiency June 10-11 2017

This course takes the budding leader into the realm of rigging anchors and systems quickly and safely. The real focus will be on how to take the next step in getting to the top and back down in a timely fashion. A critical look at belay and rappel station management will be the real key to getting this done right without compromising security. Depending upon the experience of the group, we will complete several multi-pitch climbs in the 5.4 to 5.6 range with an eye on really making things click at the stations and transitions. 

In order to attend you MUST have your knots and procedures dialed in before arriving. You need to know how to tie in, belay a leader and rappel correctly and efficiently. You should know the Italian Hitch as well as how to use an ATC Guide or Reverso in the assisted braking mode for belaying a second. You also should be competent at placing traditional rock protection or have taken an intermediate or advanced course on gear placement.

Instruction takes place on limestone cliffs and slabs in the front ranges in Jasper National Park. We will provide instruction and almost all of the technical climbing equipment. You will need your own helmet and harness, approach shoes, rock shoes, day pack and clothing. If you want to bring your own gear, please do so.

Glacier Travel and Alpine Ice Leadership July 1-3 2017

This course is designed for the aspiring leader who wants to take the next step in alpine snow & ice climbs.  It is intended for climbers who already have skills in glacier travel, ice climbing and rudimentary short roping who want to gain some skills in negotiating summer snow & ice routes. We will focus on managing a rope team of three on a route that involves glacier travel, possibly several technical snow and ice pitches, short roping and maybe even a multi-pitch rappel and/or lower descent. The participants will be out front at the sharp end of the rope to gain experience, thus all participants should be capable of leading on easy technical ice to Grade II.

We will spend the first day in skills practice (likely on the North glacier of Mt. Athabasca) working on systems and rope handling to facilitate actual climbs on the second or third day if the weather cooperates. We will look at route-finding, negotiating crevasses, rope skills, belay and rappel station management for a three-person rope team. Our focus will be on safe, quick, efficient systems for getting up those routes that involve summer glacier travel. The intent at this time is to ascend one or two glaciated routes (possibly to summits) at the Columbia Icefields on the second or third day. This is all dependent upon weather and conditions, of course, and is subject to change. The course will be limited to a maximum of five participants (2 rope teams of three people with one guide in the group).

Rock Movement and Technique Skills July 8-9 2017

Cracks, chimneys, slabs, arrets, corners, and more! This weekend of rock climbing in the Bow Corridor will focus on movement techniques to help you push your grade, deal with all types of rock features, help you to conserve energy and climb smarter!

Beginner / Intermediate level, must be able to climb 5.8 outdoors and be proficient with belaying.

We will be camping at Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff.

Course fee is $230 / person. Email Jackie Pearce at for more details and to register.